Ever since the Nintendo 3DS proved that you don't need bulky glasses to view images in 3D, smartphone and tablet makers have been systematically releasing their own glasses-free 3D devices with varying results. None of these, however, have incorporated the experience with console-like controls to play casual apps or streamed video games. That's where the WikiPad comes in, with its no-glasses 3D screen and attachable gamepad to give a more immersive gaming experience.
The WikiPad may not be the first tablet with glasses-free 3D, but it is the first one that incorporates the feature with an attachable game controller. The 8-inch, 1080p touch screen allows for 2D and 3D viewing and playback of video formats including H.264, VC1, VOB, ISO, M2TS, and FLV. Using Android 4.0, the device operates as a standard tablet, but the attached gamepad allows for more control when playing games by adding dual joysticks, a direction pad and four face buttons. The WikiPad also includes mini HDMI and USB 2.0 ports, 8GB flash storage, micro SD expansion port, and both front and rear facing cameras.
The WikiPad will be on sale in the spring through retailers and through the WikiPad website. The tablet will cost around US$200 while the controller will be priced at $50.