Earlier this week, Nintendo announced their next handheld console, the Nintendo 3DS. Speculation has been pouring in on what the device could look like, how powerful it is, and how Nintendo is going to pull off 3D technology with a relatively cheap electronics device. Until Nintendo makes some confirmations at E3 2010, it is currently all speculation.
Magnetic 3D is a company that uses lenticular technology. This involves the use of lenses to create alternating images that your eyes see as 3D. Commonly seen in printing, these lenses will block out certain visual elements from the right or left eye, creating the 3D effect you are looking for. According to Zerega, this technology could very well be used in the 3DS. Other options include lenses in conjunction with alternating LED lights to create the 3D effect. Finally, there is the possibility that Nintendo has some other lens technology that most people don't know about. Even Zerega wouldn't rule out some surprises from the Big N.
If there is one thing we can expect from the 3DS, it is standardized, across-the-board limitations of design variables. The Nintendo 3DS will only play titles designed for it and the DS, on a screen that has been designed specifically for that device. While console titles increasingly struggle with the influx of peripherals and variable displays (SDTV? HDTV? 3D?), and PC titles have to account for a variety of GPU and CPU standards, the 3DS has everything it needs to play games, 3D or otherwise. This is incredibly convenient for developers and consumers alike.
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