Sharp today announced the development of their small 3D LCD in Japan that does not require any glasses. The screen measures 3.4-inch in size, supports touchscreen and uses parallax barrier to show 3D images. The parallax barrier tech is integrated in a normal LCD and features a series of vertical slits that helps to control the path of light to create a sense of depth. Sharp says that a regular 3D screen is unable to display high-quality images with the same tech.
Sharp’s screen is also superior to conventional 3D LCDs and boasts a FWVGA (480×854 pixels) resolution, 500cd/m2 of brightness in 2D mode, contrast ratio of 1000:1 and can easily switch between 2D and 3D mode.
Although this is unconfirmed, Nintendo’s upcoming 3DS could use the same screen. Nintendo’s 3DS is said to have a smaller screen than 4-inches and won’t need any glasses to view 3D, which in fact resonates Sharp’s 3D screen description.
Sharp has also created a non-touchscreen version of the 3D screen and will start mass production in the first half of 2010.