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Pic3D sheet transforms any screen into a glasses-free 3D display


June 30, 2011

Pic3D enables a glasses-free 3D effect, viewable on any screen (Photo: Pic3D)

Pic3D enables a glasses-free 3D effect, viewable on any screen (Photo: Pic3D)

It seems that those of us who haven't bought a glasses-free 3D gadget yet may have the opportunity to try one anyway. Announced at the Virtual Reality Exhibition in Tokyo, Pic3D is a thin sheet of transparent film, which enables a glasses-free 3D effect after being applied to any screen. Global Wave, the Japanese company that makes the product, claims that it utilizes a lenticular lens system instead of parallax barrier, achieves 90 percent of light transmission, and has a 120-degree of field view.

Using Pic3D film is reportedly quite easy, although a special application needs to be downloaded from Pic3D's website. After installing it on a digital media device, the user must view their footage using the app's built-in video player, to see the stereoscopic 3D effect. Pic3D works with the side-by-side (SbS) 3D video format only, and will work for SbS content on sites such as YouTube.

According to Global Wave, Pic3D can be used on any type of PC or smartphone, the only barrier being the size of the screen. It will first be launched for 12.1'', 15.6'', 21.5'' and 23'' screens, as well as for iPad 2, iPhone and iPod touch. The application will be compatible with both Windows and iOS.

The iPhone version will be priced at JPY2000 (around US$25) and the most expensive 23-inch sheet will cost JPY15,000 (US$186). Global Wave says that sales will begin online in early August through its website.

Source: DigInfo


A non-spectacle version of 3D using just a film ... sounds like a big market for older tech!. The market is massive, just hope the effect is better than the 3D Nindendo console!

Harpal Sahota
1st July, 2011 @ 07:21 am PDT

Instead of applying it directly to the screen, I'd put is on a sheet of clear plastic that is fitted to the shape of the device. Then it would be easy to take off when not viewing 3D content. Looking at 2D through a lencitular lense would be awful.

Facebook User
1st July, 2011 @ 07:57 am PDT

Sounds like those TV enlarger fresnel lens sheets from the 1960s or the "colorizer" cellophane sheets for B&W TVs in the 1950's.

Gregg Eshelman
1st July, 2011 @ 05:13 pm PDT

Pic3d lenticular film for iPhone is now available on

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Seems like "too good to be true." or "too fake to be told."

4th April, 2013 @ 05:38 pm PDT
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