Apr 19 AT 7:44 PM Taylor Wimberly 12 Comments

Will Motorola’s next Android phone offer 3D?

A mysterious unnamed Motorola Android phone appeared over the weekend. A handful of pictures leaked out, but details remain scarce. Many sites were quick to point out the translucent flip cover featured on the front of the phone, but none have been able to explain its purpose.

According to a recent patent application filed by Motorola, that flip cover could be used to display 3D images. Made from a lenticular material, the cover is able to produce three dimensional images when it is closed.

A section of the patent reads:

“A cover is mechanically coupled to the housing and may be moved to overlie the display. The cover includes an optical element, such as a transparent lenticular material, through which the display may be viewed. The display presents images in two dimensions, and when the cover is “open“, the operator sees the displayed images, for example, diagrams and text, in two dimensions. However, when the cover is “closed“, the operator perceives the images presented through the optical element as three dimensional.”

The idea sounds awesome in theory, but we will have to wait to see how the implementation actually performs. Which types of Android applications do you think would benefit from a 3D display?

Via: Engadget Chinese

Source: Go Rumors

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  • http://adomanico01.blogspot.com/ adomanico01

    3D Android would be pretty sweet. Too bad you need a hardware overlay to do it.

  • http://Website prego android

    It would be very cool but also very werid…the form factor is not to my liking

  • http://Website @dariFRESH

    While there’s really no need for 3d on my phone…its really cool and if you incorporate with the also useless live wallpapers on my phone i’d shell out an irrational amount of money…

  • http://youtube.com/patsandsoxfan5 Alex Carlson

    I wonder if this is what motoblur will look like with android 2.1 (the homescreen looks a little different)

  • http://Website Bob

    sounds like they’re talking about “parallax barrier” which allows for glasses-free 3d displays. i’ve heard of it done as a sheet overlaying the lcd but a protective flip cover is an interesting idea. they’ll have to choose between portrait and landscape. i’m pretty sure it won’t work both ways.

  • http://Website jp2dj1

    Wow…. I’m watching avatar in 3D on my Motorola 3D android phone! LOL SWEET

  • http://www.droidgamers.com ExtremeT

    That definitely gives some cool possibilities for games as well if this actually goes through.

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