January 12, 2011
Fujitsu Reveals Glasses-Free 3D Desktop PC
Tokyo-based IT company Fujitsu has announced what they are calling the world's first desktop computer that can display in 3D without requiring special glasses.
The Esprimo FH99/CM PC, which was announced by the company on Wednesday, "has its liquid crystal display covered by a conversion panel enabling viewers to see three dimensional images on the screen," according to reports by French news agency AFP.
The computer is expected to debut in Japan on February 25, with launches in other regions to follow.
"Without having to wear glasses, you can enjoy watching 3D images with others," Fujitsu engineer Toshiro Ohbitsu told AFP on Wednesday. "You can share the excitement with family."
It will be Fujitsu's first 3D PC to not require glasses, though the manufacturer has previously released computers that were capable of three-dimensional display with the use of special eyewear.
The Esprimo FH99/CM will allow users to record and watch television and edit 3D images as well, the wire service also noted in their January 12 report.
According to Serkan Toto of tech blog CrunchGear, the Esprimo FH99/CM has a 23 inch screen, a Blu-ray drive with support for 3D Blu-ray playback, a Core i7-2630QM (2.00GHz) CPU, and Intel H65 Express chip set, 4GB of memory, and a 2TB hard drive. The PC will operate using Windows 7 Home Premium, will be both Wi-Fi and Ethernet enabled, and will retail for $3,100.
The Fujitsu announcement comes less than a week after Cyberlink Corp revealed plans to enable 3D Blu-ray playback on laptop and desktop computers using their PowerDVD 10 media player.
According to the product's official website, PowerDVD 10 features include "CPU/GPU acceleration for smooth playback and TrueTheater HD," as well as "HD audio and surround sound with DTS HD and Dolby TrueHD support" and the ability to convert existing DVDs and videos "into lifelike 3D experience."
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