Toshiba Unveils Glasses-Free 3D Notebook with a Twist

Paul Lilly

You're not going to find anyone saying you can have their 3D glasses when you pry them from their cold, dead hands. The truth is, the need for eye gear is a major turnoff many consumers would rather do without, even if it means living in a 2D world. That's where glasses-free 3D displays come in, like the one found on Nintendo's recently released 3DS handheld console, and also on Toshiba's just unveiled 'Dynabook Qosmio T851/D8CR' notebook. If glasses-free 3D displays aren't exactly new, why is Toshiba beating its chest?

Well, according to Toshiba, this is the world's first glasses-free 3D notebook that can simultaneously display both 3D and 2D content on the same screen, in separate windows.

"Users can watch high-quality 3D images or enjoy 3D games in one window without any need for wearing dedicated glasses or installing a dedicated panel over the display, while at the same time working, browsing the Internet, or sending email in another window," Toshiba explains .

It's a nifty feature that definitely gives Toshiba a marketing advantage, but whether or not it's actually useful beyond the initial 'gee-whiz' factor is something consumers will ultimately decide.

Like the 3DS, Toshiba's T851/D8CR creates 3D images using parallax technology, delivering separate images to the left and right eyes. This tells us it probably has a strict viewing angle, which could be a challenge in a split screen scenario. As for other specs, Toshiba didn't say what else this notebook is packing under the hood, probably because those details are still being sorted out. The T851/D8CR will be available in the Japanese market in late July, with no word on when it will ship to U.S. shores.

Image Credit: Toshiba

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