If you’ve ever dreamed of being able to see the graphics from your computer screen in 3D without using those silly 3D glasses, the time has come. Sharp today released the Actius RD3D notebook with a specialized 15-inch screen that allows for viewing of 3D images or the running of 3D applications without any glasses.
Even though it might seem logical for Sharp to market this new notebook towards the consumer market and leverage the fact you can play 3D games in an ultra realistic 3D manner, Sharp has decided to market the notebook towards engineers, product designers and biotech workers.
The notebook also comes with a software bundle from Dynamic Digital Depth (DDD) that can give flat applications, videos and pictures a three-dimensional look on the fly.
Offering 3D viewing to the computing world has been a longtime goal for computer manufacturers. Many companies have released Web browser software and other technology that make images appear to pop off the screen, however the Web largely remains a two-dimensional world.
Sharp hopes to change this with the release of their display technology. Notebooks are primarily just a vehicle for Sharp to show off its displays. The Actius MM10–which was shown off at Comdex Fall 2002 under its Japanese name Muramasa–is about half an inch thick and weighs just over 2 pounds, a design made possible in part because of the screen. The company also has released notebooks with wide displays. Sharp has also recently announced an LCD screen display that includes a built-in speaker. Sharp said it is also considering bringing out 3D desktop LCD monitors.
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The notebook is not priced for bargain hunters. The Actius RD3D costs $3,299 and comes with a 2.8GHz Pentium 4, a Nvidia GeForce 4 440 graphics chip, a recording DVD drive, a 60GB hard drive and 512MB of memory. Nice specs, high price.