The 3D camera prototyped by CompoBank (front side)
The 3D camera prototyped by CompoBank (front side)
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The back side of the 3D digital camera
The back side of the 3D digital camera
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The 7-inch 3D photo frame, which can display not only still images but moving ones.
The 7-inch 3D photo frame, which can display not only still images but moving ones.
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CompoBank Co Ltd of Korea will release a 3D digital camera and a 7-inch 3D digital photo frame that can display pictures taken by the camera in the autumn of 2009 at the earliest in Japan.

Worldwide Display, CompoBank's Japanese agency, made this announcement.

CompoBank has already developed a prototype of the 3D digital camera. Assuming a parallax barrier 3D display, the company employed the "side-by-side" format, in which image data for two images, one for the right eye and another for the left eye, are simply placed side by side, for the data format of 3D images.

The output can be switched to "anaglyph format," which requires red/cyan glasses to view 3D images, and can be used for 3D printing that uses lenticular lens sheets, according to the company.

The 3D digital photo frame employs the two-view parallax barrier method, which enables to see 3D images with the naked eye. It features a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels and a function to convert pictures and moving images from 2D to 3D, CompoBank said.

Fujifilm Corp plans to release a 3D camera/display system within 2009 (See related article). World Display said, "We would like to use the same data format, if possible, for compatibility with its products."