Almost everyone that “knows” will proclaim that 3D is dead. Gone. Demised.
The slow death is particularly evident in the slow, agonizing palpitations of 3D television, as channels and TV sets dedicated to the medium disappear.
Fortunately, no one told Stephen K. Blumenthal or John Pecora of Rembrandt 3D, who have taken the concept of glasses-free 3D to billboards, trade show booths and mobile computing.
We’ve been using their 3D Maestro Auto Stereoscopic 10.1-inch tablet ($349), which not only displays 3D images and video, but can be used to convert 2D files to 3D.
The concept of glasses-free 3D isn’t new. Toshiba played around with the idea many years ago and Nintendo uses it in its 3DS handheld gaming system, but neither company has taken the next step, bringing the technology to digital signage and mobile computing.
The first thing you notice when using the tablet is a slider on the right side of every digital file you’re trying to view. This allows us to adjust the 3D image so it is comfortable to watch, allowing your eyes and brain to accept what you’re viewing as a natural phenomenon. The adjustment can also be used when the tablet is connected to a TV or other device that needs glasses.
One of the most common complaints people have when watching 3D movies, etc. is a feeling of nausea or dizziness. This occurs because the brain has a problem adjusting to what you’re seeing on the screen. The ability to adjust the intensity of the image does its bit to solve the problem.
The tablet uses the Android 4.2.2 operating system, which means you have access to all of the apps that are available through the Google Play Store.
Other features include:
- A 3D HDMI output that allows you to access any of its files on a 3D TV. Of course, you may need to use the glasses that come with the TV to view them
- You can download and play any 3D content from any website, including YouTube
- You can play 3D content from any 3D Blu-ray player, DVD or SD card
- It has a quad core processor, 16 gigabyte hard drive and one gigabyte of RAM
- Built-in WIFI
- Front (five megapixel) and rear (0.3 megapixel) cameras
- A USB high-speed OTG connection with cables to connect to a PC or flash drive
- A bluetooth keyboard/stylus cover stand
- A micro SD card slot
Other 3D products made by Rembrandt 3D range from large-screen TV sets to larger displays that can be used on highway billboards, expanding their range to the medical, gaming, trade show and digital signage arenas.
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