Following the Nintendo 3DS, Apple is considering adopting the glasses-free 3D tech on the next iPod touch. Macotakara, a Japanese technology blog, said that the manufacturing company providing Apple the liquid crystal panel seems to get ready to manufacture the glasses-free 3D panels that look quite similar to the ones made by Sharp.
Sharp revealed the glasses-free 3D panels on CES early this month, which impressed everyone. According to plan, Sharp is going to release the smart phone adopting the glass-free 3D panels.
The Nintendo 3DS, which will be released in North America on March 27, 2011, has two screens; the top screen is a 3D screen that is able to produce an autostereoscopic 3D effect, while the bottom screen is a non-3D touch panel.
The new 3DS features a slider on the side of the device that adjusts the intensity of the 3D effect, a round nub analog input called the “Circle Pad”, an accelerometer, and a gyroscope.
The 3DS has two cameras on the outside of the device, capable of taking 3D photos, as well as a camera positioned above the top screen on the inside of the device, capable of taking 2D photos and capturing 2D video.
Of course, what will ultimately determine whether the iPod touch goes 3D is simply whether the technology is good enough to pass muster with Apple and how much it would add to production costs. Whether people really want it is another matter, but we presume Apple will be closely monitoring how the Nintendo 3DS.
Rumors also show that the next iPod touch would use the FaceTime camera, face recognition for head tracking, and a much faster processor.