Tuesday Toshiba said that 3D entertainment enthusiasts can now "ditch the glasses" with the upcoming release of its glasses-free 3D notebook, the Qosmio F755, here in the States. Touted as the "world's first," the gaming notebook is scheduled to ship later this month with a hefty pricetag of $1,699.99 USD.
"The Qosmio F755 3D laptop is not just a breakthrough in mobile entertainment, but a great example of Toshiba’s ongoing commitment to turning technology innovation into real, usable products," said Carl Pinto, vice president of product development, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division.
News of the notebook arrived last month, but was labeled as the Qosmio F750 over in the UK instead of the current F755 here in the States. This version has a slightly different set of specs, offering a 15.6-inch Full HD TruBrite display with Active Lens technology, a quad-core 2 GHz Core i7 CPU, 6 GB of RAM, Nvidia's GeForce GT540M GPU and a 750 GB HDD. There's also built-in harman/kardon speakers, a Blu-ray rewritable drive, HDMI output (up to 1080p) and loads more.
As previously reported, the notebook offers up two displays in one using auto-stereoscopic display technology, giving users the freedom to view content in either 2D or 3D – or both at the same time. This means users can watch 3D content in a full-screen or condense it to a smaller window, preserving the 2D desktop to browse the Web or do other non-3D tasks. The included Toshiba Blu-ray Player also provides easy "one-click" 2D-to-3D content conversion for DVDs and videos.
"The double parallax image display is able to project two sets of images at the same time, splitting them between the left and right eyes to create the 3D effect," the company explained on Tuesday. "Toshiba’s intuitive Face Tracking technology then taps into the laptop’s built-in webcam to further perfect the projection of the image by reacting to the motion and position of the viewer, delivering a broad viewing zone from which to view 3D content. The end result for consumers is the ability to view and enjoy real 3D – no glasses needed."
Toshiba's new glasses-free 3D notebook is expected to arrive sometime in mid-August as select e-tailers and ToshibaDirect.com for $1,699.99.
Exactly, thats why it said "up to 1080p" way too weak to do anything serious.
Nintendo =/= Toshiba. Not even close. If it'd been the Vita and this were a VAIO model, then maybe there'd be some argument, but even then those are made by separate divisions.
There's also the fact that the 3DS dropped only a few months ago, and that's not really enough time for the rest of the electronics market to accurately analyze. This model has been in the works for a while now; it'd take more than the 3DS to force them to cancel it outright.
In addition, the laptop market and the portable gaming market are not the same; at this point in time people essentially need a computer, probably a laptop, while they don't need a 3DS. It's easier to justify the former than the latter, especially since the laptop can still do everything a normal computer can do, while the 3DS is limited in its applicability.
epic post warmon6, I never saw that one =D
Unless they made some major changes since CES, it won't. When I saw it there, the 3D didn't work at all until the camera was "locked on" to the user's face. I will say it worked quite well once the camera picked up your face, you could move around quite a bit and still get a nice 3D image.