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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Amazon Is Reportedly Working on a 3D Smartphone

Posted by on Thu, May 9, 2013 at 2:19 PM

The Verge says:

It's been long rumored that Amazon is working on a phone, but according to a new Wall Street Journal report, that phone may have a 3D display...Some sources have said users would be able to navigate through content with their eyes, and eye tracking could also improve the 3D effect, allowing the phone to tell where users are looking and refocus in response, rather than having a single "correct" viewing angle.

Anyone seen any 3D phones in the wild around South Lake Union? This seems like a weird way for Amazon to jump into the smartphone business, unless that 3D tech is really something transformative. Of course, this kind of reporting often has a touch of truth to it, in the form of prototypes being handed around that never get released to the public. But evidence is mounting that Amazon is going to come out with its own smartphone this year. Whether that smartphone has a 3D display or not is something we might not know until we see the thing in Jeff Bezos's hand at the launch press conference.

 

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Will in Seattle 1
There's also the wristwatches. Three different companies.

Dick Tracy here we come!
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on May 9, 2013 at 2:23 PM · Report this
disintegrator 2
If my experience with Kindle Fire is any indication of the quality of their hardware, then fuck this phone.
Posted by disintegrator on May 9, 2013 at 2:25 PM · Report this
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I tried a 3D smartphone in a shop before buying a then-high-end Samsung, about two or three years ago. It was nifty (and the 3D display actually did work for me, at least on still images; I didn't try a movie), but ultimately pointless, even by the standards of smartphone features. I haven't yet heard of a use for the 3D to justify it.
Posted by Warren Terra on May 9, 2013 at 2:42 PM · Report this
NotSean 4
@3 Who needs more than 640k?
Posted by NotSean on May 9, 2013 at 3:03 PM · Report this
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Sooo... a 3D GUI interface... that will interface with 99.9% standard 2D aps and web sites out there? What is the god damned point of that gimmick?

Or: Who, prey tell, is designing these 3D web pages and aps and with what non-existent web 3D standard/language?

Microsoft hasn't exactly been so on the cutting edge of current web standards compliancy. In fact they are STILL a decade behind with all their web technologies.

So pardon me while I call BUUUULLLSHIIIIIIT!
Posted by tkc on May 9, 2013 at 3:21 PM · Report this
NotSean 6
Ah, but which 3 D's?

Height, Width, Depth?
Been there, done that.

Height, Width, Time?
Oh, now that might get me to switch phones.

Posted by NotSean on May 9, 2013 at 3:28 PM · Report this
Matt the Engineer 7
@5 VRML!
Posted by Matt the Engineer on May 9, 2013 at 3:31 PM · Report this
Fnarf 8
@5, you are aware that Amazon and Microsoft are different companies, no?
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on May 9, 2013 at 3:41 PM · Report this
Dr_Awesome 9
@4 We got to the goddamn moon with 1.5k. Nobody needs any more than that.
Posted by Dr_Awesome on May 9, 2013 at 4:14 PM · Report this
Simone 10
@6, Time would be awesome.
Posted by Simone on May 9, 2013 at 4:19 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 11
@6 - I call it a Time And Relative Dimension In Phone or TARDIP.
Posted by MacCrocodile http://maccrocodile.com/ on May 9, 2013 at 4:42 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 12
Oh, and the quote should be "who needs more than 640GB".

Multi-terabyte SSD are fairly common nowadays, even keychains have more than 640k storage, and literal "memory" tends to run in the gigabyte range.

Love @11's idea. Now if it just came with a beard for instant hipster cred ...
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on May 9, 2013 at 5:22 PM · Report this
Fnarf 13
@12, you've got 640 KB on your keychain? You must be a time explorer....from 1999! Except that there has never been a 640 KB thumb drive. Unless you meant MB, in which case you're still, what, eight years behind? Unless you meant GB, in which case you're...full of shit.

As always.

Will in Seattle: incapable of writing even one accurate sentence on any technological concept since 2006.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on May 9, 2013 at 5:57 PM · Report this
Dr_Awesome 14
I'm just puzzled at what concept Useless Will was trying to convey with the phrase 'literal memory'.

Hey, Will? With the number of times your stupidity has been called out here by Fnarf and others, how do you get over your cringing embarrassment and work up the courage to ever post anything? That is a serious question.
Posted by Dr_Awesome on May 9, 2013 at 6:49 PM · Report this
Fnarf 15
@14, that's the real mystery of WiS. Lots of people are wrong on occasion, but only Will has made a career out of it. And no one in the history of the internet has been so shameless about showing off his lack of knowledge, awareness, appropriateness, or basic English skills. On top of his inability to get any fact about anything right, and his incredible volume of stupidity, he writes worse than Google Translate.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on May 9, 2013 at 7:38 PM · Report this
sirkowski 16
I almost never use the 3D on my 3DS.
Posted by sirkowski http://www.missdynamite.com on May 9, 2013 at 8:44 PM · Report this
Dr_Awesome 17
Stranger still, he has a link to his own Facebook page in his slog signature.

And his Facebook page notes his employer.

It's like he's begging someone to call his boss and report what a toolbag he is. Especially given how often he posts during the work day.
Posted by Dr_Awesome on May 9, 2013 at 8:51 PM · Report this
Knat 18
@12: Jesus Christ, man... Is the phrase "literal 'memory'" your attempt to reference RAM? And yet you'd still have us believe that you're one of the architects of the Internet? Just... wow.
Posted by Knat on May 10, 2013 at 2:35 AM · Report this
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Amazon is working to take over the world. Maybe someone needs to investigate if their DNA is human.

I know, get Charles to do it. (I'm only half-kidding. Maybe Amazon is the alien zombie apocalypse)
Posted by Bugnroolet on May 10, 2013 at 8:36 AM · Report this
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@8 oops. Yes. Sorry. Mis-read

However, the comment can STILL apply to Amazon, though they aren't the roadblock to actual innovation that Microsoft universally is.

I submit to you that Amazon has frigg'n tables (and in some cases in-frigg'n-line CSS) on their website for fuck sake. Of course that's a likely an unhappy response to shittyness and perversity that is Explorer. So we are back to Microsoft.
Posted by tkc on May 10, 2013 at 11:43 AM · Report this

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