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Glasses-free 3D arcade machines for Japan

SI Electronics' Y3 board is high-def 3D with no goggles required

SI Electronics is to launch new arcade machine technology in Japan which allows 3D visuals without the use of glasses.

Perhaps comparable to a larger version of Nintendo's upcoming 3DS handheld, the System Board Y3 can handle high-definition graphics in 3D with minimal performance cost, reports Andriasang.

While SIE's board may not ultimately slink across to the West, it is growing proof that stereoscopic glasses may not ultimately be required for home 3D displays.

The system, which is based around a 800Mhz IBM PowerPC processor, will be revealed in full at Chiba's Amusement Machine Show on Thursday.

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Private Industry 10 years ago
To bad that can`t be applied to TV`s with multiple people watching the TV at the same time.
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Josef Brett Animator 10 years ago
Are Sony going to tell the makers off this off as well...
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Andrew Jakobs Lead Programmer 10 years ago
I haven't heard anything good about the glasses free 3D devices, as it really only works when you are deadon the spot (and even then it's a bit more blurry as with glasses)..
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John Blackburne Programmers 10 years ago
Well, dead-on spot is probably (only) do-able with Arcade cabinets. Remember the Battlezone periscope, or Star Wars cockpit? That everyone else can only see it blurry or out of focus might even encourage more to give it a go. Sounds promising, though there may be little chance of seeing it in this country.
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Private Industry 10 years ago
The problem I see is that at least with 3D TV`s that use glasses all the people can experience the same quality, if you are willing to spend money on extra glasses of course. As for the glasses free can`t see that working for let`s say 4 people looking at the screen from slightly different angles with different eyesight. On a handheld that shouldn`t be an issue since there are hardly any people standing around the player looking at the screen. So for the most time it`s ok when only the player get`s a proper 3D view, but obviously with a TV that`s a problem and I can`t see how that issue could be resolved any time soon.
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