In 2002 Sharp, released the first mass-produced device to feature a 3D screen that could be viewed without wearing glasses.
The display on the NTT DoCoMo mobile phone used the Parallax Barrier effect to direct two different images on an LCD screen towards each eye. The user’s brain then recombined these images to form a 3D picture. Uniquely, the Parallax Barrier could be electrically switched off leaving a conventional 2D display.
Sharp’s innovation brought cheap 3D technology to the mass market, producing screens which could also show 2D images of an identical quality to a standard display. Their work paved the way towards screens used on other devices such as the Nintendo 3DS.
Royal Academy of Engineering
- South East
- Key Individuals
- Sharp Laboratories of Europe, Grant Bourhill, Adrian Jacobs, Graham Jones, Jonathan Mather, Robert Winlow,