By Stephen Schenck | November 17, 2010 4:23 PM
Intrigued by Sharp’s lineup of Galapagos and Lynx phones that will soon feature no-glasses-required 3D displays, but feeling a bit left-out because you don’t live in Japan? Worry not, for Sharp has announced its intentions to bring phones using the same technology to a global market next year, including the US.
Along with the US, China and India were also named by Sharp as countries where it plans to sell 3D phones in 2011. The company didn’t specify which, if any of the previously-announced 3D phones would be making the journey abroad, and we could very well end up seeing entirely new models produced for US carriers. Since all these phones are using the same display anyway, whichever model makes it to the US should be just as technically impressive as those which Japanese customers can pick up this December. As that whole first run of 3D phones will be Android 2.1 and 2.2 handsets, it’s likely a safe bet that the US edition will follow suit.
Sharp’s 3D display uses tiny baffles to isolate which pixels each of your eyes can see. By making sure each eye receives a separate image, the phones can create the illusion of depth without requiring the expensive shutter glasses used with 3D televisions. Disabling the baffles will let you operate the phone as if it had a standard, 2D screen.