May 09 AT 11:32 PM Edgar Cervantes 12 Comments

LG and Wikitude announce the LG Optimus 3D, featuring a 3D augmented reality browser

Thought that the HTC EVO 3D was going to take the stage this year? Well, LG might just be the one to bring a device that will be directly competing with Sprint’s highly anticipated EVO 3D. LG Electronics and Wikitude (Augmented Reality Pioneer) have just announced that the LG Optimus 3D (which we saw at MWC, and will come to AT&T as the Thrill 4G) will also come packed with Wikitude’s 3D browser.

The Wikitude 3D browser allows for better interaction and engagement with real-time user environments. While 2D AR only displays overlapped objects, 3D AR shows places, landmarks and objects in 3D making them easier to distinguish. The browser allows users to discover details about their surroundings and access related Wikipedia articles and Twitter information.WikitudeAugmented Reality Pioneer

Yes, the concept of the 3D browser may seem interesting, but we know that you are probably wondering: “What about the phone?!” This stunning device will actually be released this summer in Europe, followed by other markets soon afterward, so the device should not take too long to reach the U.S. Not many specs have been given to us, but according to the press release, this device will have “dual-core, dual-channel, and dual-memory architecture.” The exciting LG Optimus 3D will also feature glasses-free 3D viewing capabilities (as the name indicates…), along with 3D recording and sharing.

LG seems to have gone a long way since the release of devices like the LG Ally and the LG Optimus One. This company is now releasing devices with some of the best specs in the market, like the LG Revolution, and of course, the T-Mobile G2x. Now that LG is actually bringing competition for one of the most recognized Android device manufacturers, HTC, it is looking like “life is really good.” Stay tuned for more details on this ground-breaking device, and check out the press release after the break. Let us know what you think of this! Do you think HTC should be worried?

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LG OPTIMUS 3D ADDS ANOTHER INNOVATIVE “FIRST”WITH 3D AUGMENTED REALITY
Collaboration with Wikitude Gives 3D a Whole New Dimension

SEOUL and SALZBURG, AUSTRIA, May 11, 2011 – LG Electronics (LG), in collaboration with augmented reality (AR) pioneer Wikitude, today announced the adoption of the world’s first three dimensional AR browser on its upcoming LG Optimus 3D smartphone.

The Wikitude 3D browser allows for better interaction and engagement with real-time user environments. While 2D AR only displays overlapped objects, 3D AR shows places, landmarks and objects in 3D making them easier to distinguish. The browser al-lows users to discover details about their surroundings and access related Wikipedia articles and Twitter information.

“AR technology has been praised for its potential to replace the ‘abstract’ realities of standard mobile browsers with ‘actual’ reality streamed through the camera of the smartphone,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, CEO and President of LG Mobile Communica-tions Company. “LG’s cutting-edge hardware and 3D API software technology now pushes this reality a step further.”

Wikitude 3D includes information on over 100 million locations around the world, with contributions from more than 1,000 content providers. The browser currently provides support for 12 languages with plans to increase this number in the near future. Users can download Wikitude 3D from LG World, LG`s dedicated application store for free, staring in the middle of June.

“The synergy here is simply perfect and the resulting partnership has the potential to take both AR and smartphones to a whole new level,” said Martin Herdina, CEO of Wikitude.

The LG Optimus 3D introduces a number of innovative first technologies, including the world’s first dual-core, dual-channel, dual-memory architecture, as well as the first full 3D platform providing glasses-free viewing, recording and sharing of 3D content.

The LG Optimus 3D will be available this summer starting in Europe followed by other markets around the world.

Augmented Reality (AR) is a real-time technology which works by overlaying detailed information on user surroundings, including graphics, audio, and more, as captured through smartphone cameras and other devices.

Source: LG / Wikitude

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