Sharp doesn’t have a huge handset presence outside of Asia, but according to a spokesperson this week, that’s all about to change in a big way. The company says they’re putting their glasses-free 3D panels in a smartphone in 2010.
If anyone’s in a position to bring a 3D phone to market, it’s Sharp; their parallax barrier displays are likely what puts the 3D in the Nintendo 3DS, they’ve already got the world’s first 3D camera for phones, and they’ve already committed to using 3D displays in multiple form factors.
It’s also something we haven’t heard even being considered by Apple or and of the Android manufacturers – though maybe for good reason. Even without the need for glasses, I’m not convinced 3D is something I’d want on my television yet, much less my phone. [Reuters]