[IFA 2011] Lenticular Sheet Adds 3D Capability to Notebook PC

Sep 5, 2011
Fumitada Takahashi, Nikkei Electronics
The newly-developed sheet that realizes 3D images viewable with the naked eye
The newly-developed sheet that realizes 3D images viewable with the naked eye
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The sheet attached to a notebook PC. The face recognition function is seen at the upper left corner of the screen.
The sheet attached to a notebook PC. The face recognition function is seen at the upper left corner of the screen.
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Sony Corp will release a sheet that enables a notebook PC to display 3D images that can be viewed with the naked eye without using special glasses in Europe.

The company exhibited it at IFA 2011, the largest consumer electronics trade show in Europe, which runs from Sept 2, 2011, in Berlin, Germany. The sheet was developed for the "Vaio VPCSE1Z9E (S series)," a notebook PC that is equipped with a 15.5-inch color LCD panel and will be launched in Europe in October 2011. And it will be commercialized at the same time as the release of the notebook PC.

The size of the sheet is almost the same as that of a 15.5-inch LCD panel, and its thickness is about 3mm. It is attached to the front side of the notebook PC's LCD panel. The naked-eye 3D display is realized based on the lenticular method, which creates parallax by arraying lenses that are thin and long and have a semicircular cross section.

The sheet will come with a dedicated application software that uses the Web camera of the notebook PC to determine the position of the user's face and adjusts 3D images so that the user can see optimal 3D images at the position.

A human face can be detected when it is located at a distance of 30cm to 1m from the display and at an angle of 60 to 120° to the display horizontally. And, in consideration of the height of the face, the application optimizes 3D images. The sheet is priced at 129 euro (approx US$183).