Sharp brings 3D HD video capabilities to handhelds

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From Sharp’s press release :

Sharp Corporation has developed a 3D camera module for mobile devices capable of capturing high-definition (720p*2) 3D video images, an industry first. Sharp will start shipping samples in July. Mass production of these modules will begin within 2010.

3D images are composed of two views taken using two cameras that simultaneously capture separate images for the right and left eyes. Consequently, a 3D camera requires peripheral circuitry to apply image processing to the two images, for example, to adjust color or to correct positioning between the images from the two cameras. Manufacturers have thus been pursuing designs that reduce the size and weight of 3D cameras and seeking ways to shorten their development period.

Those modules are hitting pre-prod this summer and mass production by the end of the year, hopefully we’ll see the first camera early 2011 that will get full 3D HD capability! Can’t wait to get a 3D setup at home to enjoy the full experience.