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Kodak's 3D display plans come into focus

The company wants to sign up partners for a display that allows people to view 3D effects without wearing special glasses or headgear.

Eastman Kodak on Monday announced plans to introduce a new display that allows people to view 3D effects without needing to wear special glasses or headgear.

Kodak said the Stereoscopic Imaging Display, currently in prototype, could be used in technologies ranging from video games to molecular and chemical modeling. The company is looking for technology partners and early-stage customers. It aims to license the product for integration into third-party products and systems.

This is the first initiative from the company's new Ventures Group. Kodak, long a mainstay of the traditional film photography industry, is trying to reshape itself as a provider of digital imaging technology.

To get its 3D effect, the display makes use of a wide field of view and virtual images from two high-resolution liquid crystal display screens, Kodak said. The desktop device has a field of view that measures 45 degrees by 36 degrees and a 1,280-by-1,024-pixel resolution.

"Unlike other 3D imaging systems, which rely on a barrier screen placed over an existing monitor, the Kodak display is an entirely new concept," Lawrence Henderson, vice president of Kodak Ventures Group, said in a statement.

Last year, several high-technology companies, including Sony and Sanyo, unveiled a consortium to create technical and safety standards for 3D displays, desktops, laptops and cell phones. Sharp at the time was already selling a cell phone with a 3D screen in Japan and showing off a notebook that could play a 3D version of the video game "Quake."