Research firm In-Stat says there’s a market for 3D-enabled cell phones. In a report released today, the firm contends that the number of 3D-enabled mobile devices shipped in 2014 will surpass 60 million units.
“Due to advancements in autostereoscopic 3D technology, a type of 3D technology that does not require glasses to view 3D images, 3D technology is finding its way into mobile devices,” says Stephanie Ethier, senior analyst for In-Stat, in a statement.
Ethier says that the more predictable viewing distance of mobile devices enables a more convenient 3D-viewing experience. Additionally, she says that many of the chipsets found in today’s smartphones have the processing power to handle 3D content, therefore the smartphones will be the best fit for mobile 3D devices over the next five years.
In-Stat projects that by 2012, 3D-enabled smartphones will represent 45 percent of all 3D-enabled mobile devices shipments. The firm predicts that tablets, smartphones and handheld game consoles will incorporate 3D more quickly than other portable devices.