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The next likely application for 3D technology is in mobile devices. Due to the advancements in autostereoscopic 3D technology (a type of 3D tech that doesn't require glasses to view 3D images), 3D will finds its way into mobile devices.
The market for 3D-enabled mobile devices will be limited over the next year, lacking 3D mobile content and the increase in technology costs necessary to incorporate 3D into mobile devices. The market is poised to take off in 2012.
Stephanie Ethier, said:
“The uptake of 3D in handheld game consoles will happen more rapidly than in other mobile device segments over the next year. This is primarily because the two leading handheld game manufacturers need something to differentiate from one another in this maturing market—3D technology will be that differentiator.”
- In 2011, handheld game consoles will account for 65% of all 3D-enabled mobile devices shipments.
- Lack of mobile 3D content will be the biggest barrier to 3D adoption in mobile devices next year.
- By 2012, 3D-enabled smartphones will represent 45% of all 3D-enabled mobile devices shipments.