Report: Amazon Glasses-Free 3D Interface Smartphone Images Leak

Report: Amazon Glasses-Free 3D Interface Smartphone Images Leak

We get our first look at Amazon's smartphone that's set to be out in a few months and it will allegedly have six cameras to facilitate a glasses-free 3D interface.

While online retail giant has started its assault on our living room with the Amazon Fire set-top box going on sale earlier this month, it seems the company is not content with this branch out of its online business, as Amazon is allegedly set to enter the highly competitive smartphone market later this year, too. Over on BGR, the first images of Amazon's as-of-yet-nameless smartphone has seemingly leaked into the wild along with a few other important details. Important to note, the images shown has a protective shell intended to prevent unauthorized people from seeing the physical design. But we do get a rough outline on how the phone looks even with the casing.

According to the site's multiple sources, Amazon is developing two smartphone models, with the higher-end device allegedly set to be out "in the coming months." Below are the rumored tech specs of the top-end Amazon smartphone.

- Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
- 2GB of RAM
- Run a heavily customized version of Google's Android operating system similar to the version that powers Amazon's tablets.
- 4.7 inch display
- Will feature a 720p HD resolution compared to its rival devices that have 1080p HD resolution have

While the phone specifications themselves might not be that impressive, Amazon's big draw for its smartphone will supposedly be its "glasses-free 3D software interface." The unnamed sources state that higher-end smartphone will include a total of six cameras, with four of these to be front-facing that will work with other sensors to facilitate the software's glasses-free 3D effect and will work just like the Nintendo 3DS' 3D feature, and as well as HTC's EVO 3D smartphone that was released back in 2011.

The four front-facing cameras are said to be situated in each of the device's four corners of the phone's face and will allegedly be low-powered infrared cameras. The front-facing infrared cameras will be used to track the position of the user's eyes and face in relation to the phone's screen. This will allow Amazon's own software to constantly adjust the positioning of the on-screen elements. It's said that there are several areas of the smartphone's software that will implement this 3D feature.

Right from the phone's lock screen, the smartphone will include several wallpapers with "perspectives that shift as the user tilts the phone from side to side as well as up and down." Aside from wallpapers, the 3D effect will also be applied to app icons and other "core elements" of the user interface. Multiple apps will reportedly be compatible with this feature as well, with one example said that moving the phone while using the maps app will change the view of various objects on the display. Another example given is the 3D effects' implementation with Amazon's various online stores, wherein shifting the position of the actual phone, users browsing will be able to see 3D product images at different angles to reveal details that can't be seen in standard 2D images.

As for the device's main method of taking pictures, it's set to feature a resolution of 13 megapixels. Additionally, aside from the four front-facing cameras that will be used for 3D, the unit will also have a standard front-facing camera that can be used for video chats, and for Amazon's Mayday customer service feature.

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Finally, one source claims that Amazon is also working to recruit "big" outside developers in its quest to have a number of key third-party apps available at launch that will take advantage of smartphone's unique 3D interface. Amazon is said to make a set of APIs available to third-parties, and will also assist developers "in other ways," too.

No exact release date or price have been shared for the high-end smartphone, but Amazon is said to be preparing an announcement in the next two to three months, with the actual smartphone launching sometime this summer. The lower-end model, which will cost less, will debut at a later date. If what you've read seems like your cup of tea, you'd better be living in the US or at least be ready to import the device, as it will allegedly be available in the US only -- at least initially.

With Amazon already selling gaming controls, and the company's smartphone allowing a 3D interface, could we be playing glasses-free 3D games with actual game controllers on our phones soon? Come to think of it, would you even want to do that?

Source: BGR

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The idea is kind of cool but as with almost everything 3D the price doesnt justify the need of it for most people.

And doesnt the 3DS use a different system? This one tracks your face and adjusts the image accordingly giving the illusion of 3D, something like this:

I dont think that the 3DS is like that since the image in here wont be blurry for someone else that isnt the user, just distorted.

josemlopes:
The idea is kind of cool but as with almost everything 3D the price doesnt justify the need of it for most people.

And doesnt the 3DS use a different system? This one tracks your face and adjusts the image accordingly giving the illusion of 3D, something like this:

I dont think that the 3DS is like that since the image in here wont be blurry for someone else that isnt the user, just distorted.

The 3DS and that lot uses Stereograms, the ones you get headaches from.


however the red/blue filters is done at the monitor level instead of having to wear spectacles

That youtube link you provided does not do that.

SourMilk:

josemlopes:
The idea is kind of cool but as with almost everything 3D the price doesnt justify the need of it for most people.

And doesnt the 3DS use a different system? This one tracks your face and adjusts the image accordingly giving the illusion of 3D, something like this:

I dont think that the 3DS is like that since the image in here wont be blurry for someone else that isnt the user, just distorted.

The 3DS and that lot uses Stereograms, the ones you get headaches from.


however the red/blue filters is done at the monitor level instead of having to wear spectacles

That youtube link you provided does not do that.

Yes, I just asked because the news post compared the tech of the phone with the tech of the 3DS but overall they seem very different (the phone using tech similar to the video I posted, I think)

It sounds intriguing, but I imagine that those cameras are gonna have to be constantly adjusting themselves to maintain the effect, which might make it a bit less seamless if they're not up to the task. Plus that's gotta be a pretty big strain on the battery life after a while.

If they can make it work and keep it affordable, great. It sounds cool. But unless they have some great, vital apps for it I cant imagine too many people will be willing to shell out hundreds of dollars for it.

I bet if you constantly shift your eyes around the phone will explode.

Also, what happens if I wear (sun)glasses, or it is dark? What if there are more people (would be fun if you could trick the cameras to register one of your eyes and one of the eyes of someone else).

Basically, it sounds like the 3D will be more a fun little feature you show your friends to impress them, than really a always 3D game changer.

I had a glasses free 3d phone, the lg thrill, it was a cool gimmick and worked really well. But there was just nothing to do with it. I think its really unlikely amazon is going to find enough developers willing to put in time to make something interesting for one single phone model that isn't the iphone.

The actual ability to shift images based on viewer perspective is truer 3D than the 3DS, 3D TVs and 3D cinema. Those systems always looked like 2-4 layers of cardboard cut outs with no real depth to individual elements, like a diorama for a school project come to life. I've seen head tracking projects from both individuals and small company prototyping groups, but this is the first I've heard of a commercial product.

Still, 3D is a gimmick in almost every application you can think of. Being able to shift your head to see a different angle of an object is neat, although if you spend the time to code that functionality you can just make the object rotatable by the user. It might work with multi-user situations like advertizing is public places and special effects in amusement parks and fun houses. Even with this impressive tech people are only going to use it the five minutes or so it seems cool. I wouldn't want to contort my wrists at weird angles all the time because that's how a menu or game is controlled.

HalloHerrNoob:
Also, what happens if I wear (sun)glasses, or it is dark? What if there are more people (would be fun if you could trick the cameras to register one of your eyes and one of the eyes of someone else).

I don't think sunglasses are very infrared transparent, but if it's dark I'd assume it would have a few IR LEDs to illuminate your face without being noticeable to you if the screen didn't provide enough light. Security cameras today have tons around the lens to help see in the dark without giving a robber any light to work with or spot the camera's view. IR LEDs have an ever so faint red glow in the dark that it wouldn't bother anyone looking at a screen right next to the LEDs.

Amazon is becoming google. Whats next, the amazon search engine?

 

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