A new nano-engineered filter can be applied to the display of any smartphone or tablet, converting it into a 3D display that can be viewed with the naked eye. Developed in Singapore over the course of two years, the film, called EyeFly3D is set to go on sale globally in May. It contains 5,00,000 micro-scopic lenses that can render static and moving images in stereoscopic 3D, yet it is only 0.1mm thick, making it the same size and thickness as traditional screen protectors.
It won’t take a user’s existing 2D images and films and convert them magically in front of their eyes, but it can take any content shot in 3D and display it as such, without the need for 3D glasses. However, a number of apps are being developed to support the film for both Apple and Android devices that can convert 2D images into 3D. The film is not the only solution currently on the market for those who demand 3D content, but, according to its creators, it is the first that doesn’t affect resolution or screen brightness when displaying 2D images and is also the first solution that can render in 3D, whether the tablet or smartphone is held in landscape or portrait mode.
For example, Scubo3D offers a similar experience via its Scubo Viewer or Scubo Case and supporting app but, unlike EyeFly 3D’s solution, Scubo’s viewer is essentially a plate that sits atop the device’s screen, while the case is a protective case in which the smartphone is completely housed in order to deliver 3D content.