Intel generated a lot of press with the unveiling of their 3D, low-power Tri-Gate transistor technology. Now it's IBM’s turn to hop into the 3D waters. Today, the company announced that it’s entered into a joint partnership with 3M to develop 3D semiconductors. They’re going about things a little bit differently than Intel, though; rather than developing chips with raised elements, IBM and 3M want to create “bricks” out of up to 100 separate silicon chips in a process known as “3D packaging.”
Pocket Projector is an apt label for 3M’s MPro150 video projector. It’s not only incredibly small, but it’s completely self-contained, too. All the software you need to display digital photos and videos, PDFs, Word docs, Excel spreadsheets, and even PowerPoint presentations is built right in. You can even store those files in the 1GB of onboard flash memory or on the 2GB MicroSD card that’s included. And it’ll run on either AC or battery power.
3M just raised the multitouch bar several notches higher with the announcement of a new 10-finger multitouch LCD display called the 3M Display M2256PW. The current crop of multitouch displays support two-finger touch, making 3M's latest product quite a “handful.” The Windows 7-compatible multitouch LCD will be on show at CES. The M2256PW features a 22-inch, high-definition 1680 x 1050 LCD screen. It, of course, features all the usual suspects: DVI and VGA video inputs, audio input, and USB ports.
It was not about a month ago that the Optical Systems Division of 3M announced the release of a new 3D film targeted at mobile devices. Now, they were at FPD International 2009 and demoed two devices with the new technology.
Oh, did I mention you don’t need funny glasses to see the 3D image? The technique utilizes multiple LED backlights in tandem with the special film that uses apertures and lenses to direct a picture to the left and right eyes. Further, the film can switch from 3D and 2D mode by changing the operation of the backlights.
They had two devices with the film installed: a 2.8-inch mobile sized screen and a 9-inch picture frame screen. Obviously, the 3D image doesn’t carry over in the pictures, so you will have to use your imagination.
The film is already being put into production for use in smaller devices. 3M also reports that some devices have already adopted the new technology.
The folks over at 3M’s Optical Systems Division are excited to announce a new field sequential 3D optical film for handheld devices. They are crazy about their films over there at 3M and are hoping to change the mobile market with this latest development.
The new film should help motivate manufacturers to create new 3D mobile devices, applications and gaming products around the technology. “Our 3D optical film solution is designed to enhance communication and interaction by providing an immersive, compelling visual 3D experience for mobile devices” said Jim Bauman, VP of 3M’s Optical Systems.
3M Optical also managed to make the new film easy to integrate into the assembly process. It only requires the modification or upgrade of a couple layers in the optical film stack to produce the extra sensory experience they hope to achieve.
If you happen to be in Korea next week, they’ll be demoing the product at the Korea International Exhibition Center.
We can hear it now: "Why yes, that is a projector in my pocket, but I'm still happy to see you." 3M has unveiled its MPro 110 mini projector, beating a bevy of companies to the punch who this year have announced plans to release a pico projector of their own.
Popsci.com got its hands on the 11.5 x 5 x 2.2 cm device, noting that images could be viewed up to about 11 inches across, even under bright lighting, but not without some noticeable fading. Others photos and some movie scenes were "downright indecipherable.
The pint-sized projector comes with a VGA input, which will come in handy for plugging in laptops, and a composite video jack for connecting to digital cameras, iPods, PSPs, and other handheld gagdets. A thumbwheel gives end users the ability to manually adjust focus.
In the short term, look for the MPro 110 to go on sale September 30 for $359. But looking longer down the line, 3M says it would like to eventually implement the technology into cellphones, perhaps as early as next year.