Amazon Daring to Bring Back Smartphone 3D Screens? Maybe Not

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Rumors of an Amazon smartphone have been around forever, and after the Kindle Fire launched, speculation has only heated up that Amazon was planning to branch out into phones, as well. We’ve talked about the various rumors a number of times over the past few months, but they all seemed to tell the tale of a pretty pedestrian-sounding smartphone. The latest rumors to arrive suggest the company could have some much bolder plans in mind, trying to rekindle the 3D smartphone fad with the introduction of an Amazon 3D smartphone.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Amazon has two smartphones in development, and at least one of them could feature a 3D display. The way this feature is described is pretty interesting, employing a retina-tracking camera and displaying 3D hologram-like content that appears to float above the screen, visible from any angle.

That last bit about angles establishes that this isn’t the old tech used on phones like the HTC Evo 3D, which had highly limited viewing angles. Does Amazon have some crazy advanced 3D screen tech?

We’re not so sure. That “retina-tracking” part in particular has us wondering if this might not be a 3D screen at all, but a clever software hack using a regular 2D screen. Take a look at the clip below of a Nintendo DSi game demonstrating this trick – the front-facing camera tracks the user and adjusts what’s on the screen to create a false sense of depth.

Maybe Amazon’s system would be something else entirely, but we’re finding it a little hard to believe that it could really try to bring back the 3D smartphone screen.

Source: The Wall Street Journal
Via: Mobile Burn

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!