The fine folks at Toshiba have announced their intent to create some fantastic 15.6-inch lenticular lens-based panels for notebooks while tablets also sit very much in the mix (though perhaps in the hands of the competitors, according to industry sources.) These panels will be developed by Taiwan-based AU Optronics (AUO) for some brand new naked-eye 2D/3D switchable notebook models that’ll be launched in August for right around $2,100USD. Why, 3D notebooks, that’s crazy talk!
We got the chance to take a look at the Qosmio F750 3D notebook some days ago, this device being one that uses the same eye-tracking system that Toshiba is using in these newer notebooks they’re announcing. This notebook runs on 6GB of DDR3 memory and NVIDIA GeForce 540 GT graphics, but can, more importantly, display 2D and 3D pictures at the same time. Have a look at our hands on with this notebook and come back here right away, because we’ve got to talk!
These 3D panels, be they placed in notebooks, desktops, or tablets – or even handsets, of course, are all part of what we’ve been calling a sort of 3D revolution that’s coming about, maybe even a long resurgence that’ll stick around longer than it did in the 1980s. Back then it wasn’t a question, you had to wear the blue and red glasses in order to see the two separate images as one, making it a 3D situation in order to scare the pants off of you when Freddy gets killed in the Final Nightmare! Now we’ve got glasses-free 3D in the home, soon more mobile than we’ve already gotten, and we’ve got to assume that movie theaters are next in line.
Now AUO is developing some panels for Toshiba that they’ll use in these new notebooks, and their competitors might very well scoop up a few and put them into some tablet chassis, but the real question is – when am I going to be able to watch a 3D HD version of Speed Racer in my home on a fold-out display running Android? Please tell me this, Toshiba!
BONUS we’ll be looking at the Toshiba THRIVE very soon here on SlashGear, so get your gear in gear. It’s not 3D, but it’s nice to hold, and it’s already out at Best Buy – get ready!