By Richard Comerford, Editor, Electronic Products
In New York City last night at Digital Experience (a press-only table-top exhibit organized by Pepcom), I had a chance to play with the Thrill 4G smartphone introduced recently by LG; it’s scheduled to be made available in the U.S. soon by AT&T.
Not only is this the first phone in the U.S. that’s able to show video and games in 3D — without having to wear glasses — but it’s also the first smartphone to have a built-in stereoscopic camera, so you can shoot your own 3D HD videos. Thus you can actually watch and shoot 3D videos and play 3D games without having to buy and lug around any other equipment.
The phone runs the Android OS, has a dual-core/dual-channel 1 GHz processor, and supports direct upload to YouTube 3D. HDMI-out and DLNA features give users the option of streaming 3D content to other local devices, such as a large-screen 3D TV.
Based on the fun I had with the Thrill, it may prove to be as popular as the stereoscope was in Victorian times. (At least, that’s what I’ve heard — rumors to the contrary, I wasn’t around then. )