Qualcomm is a global telecommunication corporation that creates digital wireless products and services using CDMA technology. Recently, they have shown substantial progress in the 3D sector with the launch of their own 3D tablet, unveiled at the CTIA-Wireless 2012 convention held in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The prototype uses the Snapdragon S4 MSM8690 mobile processor, capable of up to 1080p high definition 3D recording and playback. The tablet was shown as a demonstration intended to display the 3D capabilities of the S4 chip. It offers real time 2D to 3D conversion, as well as many other capabilities that make the tablet the first of its kind in auto stereoscopic 3D handheld devices.
For several reasons, Qualcomm’s tablet is much different than the current technology available. The Nintendo 3DS is capable of auto stereoscopic 3D using a parallax barrier placed in front of the image source. The LG Optimus Pad 3D requires optical gear for the user to view 3D depth. The Qualcomm tablet does not require glasses and supports up to 1920x1200 pixel resolution. The tablet can capture stereoscopic 3D and play back in high definition. It can also record in 2D and play back in 3D using real-time conversion. This is also used in real-time 3D game conversion.
The Qualcomm tablet is just another hint at future markets in 3D, with technologies like these becoming more and more competitive every day.