Hello, future! We had an inkling that glasses-free 3D was the next big thing when we had a gaze at Intel's display back at CES earlier this year, but it seems that AUO is out to overcome the largest hurdle when dealing with lenticular lens 3D technology: viewing angles. Today, the outfit has revealed the world's first deadzone-free naked eye 3D notebook panel at FPD International 2010, and as the lengthy title indicates, this solution will enable you to view 3D content sans glasses and without positioning yourself carefully in front of the screen. Purportedly, AUO's tapping into SuperD's naked eye 3D wizardry to create a 15.6-inch laptop (1080p) and 10.1-inch tablet (WXGA) panel, and there's even an eye-tracking mechanism that's baked in to capture viewers' eyeball movements. Zanier still, both 2D and 3D modes can operate concurrently on the same display, and the viewer can switch back and forth between the two modes without having their brain implode. The company's pushing a mass production date of Q3 2011, which means that the last CES this planet ever sees should be quite the interesting one.
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AUO Showcases the World's First Deadzone-Free Naked Eye 3D Panel

HSINCHU, Taiwan, Nov. 3, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- AU Optronics Corp. ("AUO" or the "Company") (taiex:2409) /quotes/comstock/13*!auo/quotes/nls/auo (AUO 10.18, +0.06, +0.59%) announced today that the Company will showcase the world's first deadzone-free naked eye 3D notebook panel at FPD International 2010. AUO combines lenticular lens 3D technology with SuperD's naked eye 3D solution to create deadzone-free 15.6" notebook and 10.1" tablet PC 3D panels that do not require the use of special glasses. This technology will provide consumers with a more convenient and comfortable 3D viewing experience.

With an eye-tracking system that captures viewers' eyeball movements, AUO's deadzone-free naked eye 3D technology overcomes the confined viewing angles of conventional 3D displays. Regardless of location, the viewers will be able to perceive 3D images of equally high quality. Not only will there be better 3D images to see, the audience will also feel much more comfortable not having to be confined by viewing angles.

The new 3D panels deliver high brightness and Moire-free image quality. Both 2D and 3D modes can operate concurrently on the same display, and the viewer can switch back and forth between the two modes while retaining high resolution. The audience can still read clearly the text as they enjoy the visually stunning 3D images. This development satisfies an essential need felt by all users of 3D information displays.

At this year's FPD International 2010, AUO will showcase the world's first deadzone-free naked eye 3D displays, including the 15.6" Full HD and 10.1" WXGA panels. They will be suitable for notebook and tablet PC displays and will be expected to be mass produced beginning in the third quarter of 2011.

AUO has dedicated itself fully to the development of 3D display technologies. The efforts include the early deployment of patents, such as the acquisition of lenticular lens 3D display solution from Ocuity. In addition, AUO has collaborated with SuperD, the leading naked eye 3D solution provider, to introduce SuperD naked eye 3D solution in 3D panels. AUO will invest HK$60 million in SuperD and acquire 10% of its shareholding. Together, AUO and SuperD will work to enhance 3D display technologies and to improve production capabilities for the advancement of naked eye 3D information display technology. The naked eye 3D technology will be applied to PC and other display panels to readily deliver clear and vivid 3D images, with no special glasses needed to enjoy a lifelike 3D world.

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AUO trumpets 'deadzone-free' laptop and tablet 3D displays, recommends leaving glasses at home