Singapore invention turns handhelds into 3-D displays

A new invention in Singapore has made 3-D glasses irrelevant. The product - a plastic film dubbed EyeFly3D to be stuck on the screens of handheld devices - instantly turns ordinary Apple iOS and Android smartphones into 3-D displays for 3-D content.

The film looks like an ordinary screen protector. It was created by Temasek Polytechnic and a unit of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star).

Users can view 3-D content in both portrait and landscape mode - a world's first. Also, the film does not affect the viewing of 2-D content on the devices - another world's first.

Measuring only 0.1mm thick, the film comprises about half a million lenses printed onto its surface using A*Star unit Institute of Materials Research and Engineering's proprietary nano-imprinting technology.

Users have to download apps - EyeFly3D Image and EyeFly3D Video - developed by Temasek Polytechnic to view images and videos in 3-D.

The product was developed over two years with initial funding from the National Research Foundation.

It will be marketed globally by a local startup Nanoveu, which has started taking consumer pre-orders for the EyeFly3D on its website for US$34.95.