Fujitsu first to bring glasses-free 3D to computers

Posted by Mike Luttrell

When it comes to the world of 3D, computers aren't making a very big wave. There are special graphics cards and 3D glasses that can turn your PC into a 3D machine, but Fujitsu has a better idea.

The Fujitsu Esprimo FH99/CM is launching in Japan on February 25. Under the hood, it's got an Intel i7 processor, 4 GB of RAM, 2 TB of memory, a Blu-ray drive, a TV tuner, an HDMI port, an integrated webcam, built-in SD card slot, and three USB ports.

So, with that alone, it sounds like a pretty nice computer. But that's not what's making it turn heads. That comes with the 23-inch, 1920x1080 LCD display that was built to offer 3D eye-popping graphics without the need to wear special 3D glasses.

That's because it deploys the technology known as autostereoscopic 3D. Instead of building the 3D tech into glasses, which merge two simultaneous images on top of each other, the screen itself has the technology to show depth. It uses thousands of tiny mirrors built into the display to turn the flat display into something that looks like it has depth.

The Fujitsu press release was sent out exclusively in Japanese, so a launch here stateside seems far in the future, but given the growing US interest in glasses-free 3D it's certainly not a stretch to imagine it will come out here some day.