Aug 30, 2011
While the actual long-term viability of 3D is still in question, consumer electronics producers are just trucking along with the production of devices with 3D capability. LG has a phone of their own that will feature a 3D screen, the LG Optimus 3D. The problem of course with 3D devices is getting quality 3D content, of course. LG is hoping to increase the amount of 3D content on their phone with the 3D Game Converter. This app will convert certain games from displaying in 2D to displaying in 3D on the LG Optimus 3D’s display.
A selection of 50 games will be available by the end of October that will support the 3D Game Converter with 50 more planned to be supported through the converter by year’s end; no games specifically have been announced that will support the 3D Game Converter, but LG says that some certain unlisted games that run in OpenGL will support the converter by specifically enabling them in the app’s options. This might mean that only games that run in OpenGL will be officially supported. Thankfully, the converter will support the games that are already available on the Android Market and on other app stores, instead of requiring brand new versions of the game.
LG’s 3D Technology Evangelist, Dr. Henry Nho, describes the 3D Game Converter as “far from being a gimmick, LG’s 3D Game Converter automatically recognizes the depth information based on the location of each object and separates the 2D graphic images for each eye. Using the existing depth information, the 3D Game Converter generates two different images – one for the foreground and one for the background. It then uses a thin film called Parallax Barrier on the display to show the left image to the left eye and the right image to the right eye, creating an illusion of visual depth.” LG claims that they have filed for patents on their 3D Game Converter, so similar products for other 3D phones may not be in the works, though the possibility of the converter being reworked to support other 3D phones in an unofficial capacity through the very clever Android community is always possible. The LG Optimus 3D starts rolling out to cariers in October, and the 3D Game Converter with it.
Source: Talk Android