With the need for everything 3D these days, it would only appear like a sound move to add glasses-free 3D to the most popular device on the planet, right?. According a Japanese blog, Apple is looking to do just that with their next-gen iPod Touch.
The blog claims that Apple will implement glasses-free 3D in the next iPod Touch, much like Nintendo 3DS. Citing sources at a company that provides LCD screens to Apple, the blog says that a small-scale production of 3D LCD screens are ready to begin. The final product would include three-dimensional head tracking by using the front camera, and would take advantage of the accelerometer and gyroscope present in the current iPod Touch and iPhone. The blog have also put together a video outlining how the technology will work.
As odd as it may seem, there could be some truth to it. As Neowin points out, Apple was granted a patented that proposed “inexpensive auto-stereoscopic 3D displays that allow the observer complete and unencumbered freedom of movement”. In a June 2008 filing, Apple also detailed a “hyper-reality” display that could add depth to 2D images as shown in the above video.
Apple will have two main difficulties if they plan to add 3D on their devices. One would be to deliver on a yet un-proven technology, and second, to maintain battery life, something which Apple has been pushing on lately. Nintendo 3DS’s 3-4 hour battery life is less than stellar for a device meant to be used for long sessions, and eventually for business and telephony.