3D Goes Walkies: Sharp Unveils 3D Touchscreen for Mobile Devices

Sharp 3D touchscreen
Sharp 3D touchscreen

Sharp (SHCAY) unveiled on Friday a touchscreen designed to toggle between three-dimension and two-dimension modes, aiming for it to be used in the mobile device and camera markets.

The small-screen format is just the latest effort by electronic-makers to extend 3D viewing out of movie theaters and into homes. Sharp's move will expand that further by making 3D viewing mobile.

Nintendo May Be Interested

Sharp's LCD panel is designed to allow consumers to view 3D images without the need for the familiar funky, two-toned 3D glasses or a bulky device. The 3D LCD panel has the same thickness as a 2D display, says Sharp.

Mass production of the 3.4-inch screens is expected to begin in the next six months, potentially yielding new 3D mobile devices and cameras by the holiday selling season.

Sharp didn't disclose any companies that plan to purchase its LCD screens for their devices, but Nintendo (NTDOY) may be interested. The company late last month announced plans to roll out a 3D version of its popular DS handheld game device.