Rumours have been circulating for years of a 3D Amazon Kindle smartphone, right back to the explosion of interest in stereoscopic 3D that began with Avatar. However, it seems that according to well sourced rumours now being reported upon, that Amazon are indeed soon to anounce a 3D phone. However, the possible smartphone appears not to be a stereoscopic (or autostereoscopic glasses free) 3D phone, but a 'hologram' phone that creates the illusion of holographic 3D by tracking the viewers eyes and manipulationg the position of the objection on screen to create a real 3D effect.
Although arguably only 'psuedo-holographic', this technology is being worked on by a number of leading tech companies, including Sony, and is likely to be the immediate future of holographic entertainment. If the 3D Amazon phone does appear and is a success, then there is no reason not to think that the same technology could appear in the first 'holo-tvs' within the next couple of years.
ONLINE RETAIL GIANT Amazon reportedly will announce its first smartphone, a 3D-capable device with retina tracking technology, in two months time.
That's according to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), which reports that Amazon will announce its first smartphone at an event in June (paywalled), before it releases the handset later in the year.
It won't be your average smartphone, apparently. The report claims that Amazon's smartphone will support glasses-free 3D, which it will achieve by using retina tracking technology embedded in four front-facing cameras.
This, according to speculation, will also allow users of the smartphone to scroll through menus using just their eyes.
The WSJ said, "The 3D screen technology can sense the movement of a person's eyes and whether the screen is moving closer to a user's face, according to people familiar with the matter. In response, the phone will be able to automatically zoom into images as it moves closer to a user's face and could manipulate text and images as a person moves the phone."
The report added that this technology will set Amazon's smartphone apart for gaming, saying, "the phone's software is also optimized for very visual games, designed to provide a sense of depth" and claiming that it will have tight integration with Amazon's Fire TV set-top box.