Saturday, November 6, 2010

Sharp to launch 3-D phones

The Sharp Electronics smartphone, featuring 3-D images, above, will be available in Japan in December

(CNN) -- Movies in 3-D. Video games in 3-D. Television in 3-D.

Now, get ready for your phone's screen to broadcast images in three dimensions.

Sharp Electronics will debut a pair of handsets that render 3-D images without the need for glasses.

The phones, which run Google's Android operating system, initially will be available only in Japan.

Tech blog Engadget reported Thursday that the pair of phones will be released in Japan in December and February.

The first, the Galapagos OO3SH, features a touchscreen while the second, the Galapagos OO5SH, has a slide-out keyboard.

Both have 3.8-inch display screens, and the 3SH has a 9.6-megapixel camera while the 5DH has an 8-megapixel camera, Engadget reported via Engadget Japanese.

The ability to run 3-D on a phone may not seem to have much practical use, but as social-networking blog Mashable noted Thursday, smartphones are acting as much as portable entertainment devices as phones at this point.

Video-game maker Capcom has announced that 3-D versions of several games -- "Mega Man," "Ghosts 'n Goblins: Gold Knights" and "Resident Evil: Degeneration" -- are in development for the Android system.

November 4, 2010

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