Artifact Details

Title

RD3D laptop

Catalog Number

102741450

Type

Physical object

Date

Circa 2004

Manufacturer

Sharp Corporation

Identifying Numbers

Model number RD3D

Dimensions

overall: 2 1/8 in x 13 7/8 in x 11 1/2 in

Description

From VIE (written by Alex Lux) - Sharp Actius RD3D laptop- Introduced in 2003, the Sharp RD3D used triple-layer display technology to provide a visually enhanced 3-D computing experience. A middle layer was sandwiched between two LCD screens, which provided visual stimuli to the users' right and left eyes, respectively. This buffer layer provided the means to simulate a 3-D experience without requiring 3-D glasses. Eye placement in front the screen, however, had to be precise to achieve the 3-D effect. Even with correct positioning, eye fatigue and motion sickness were reported as frequent side effects.
The RD3D was heavy--it weighed almost 12 pounds, including its added accessories--and it had a battery life of only two hours.

Category

Digital computer/personal computer/laptop

Credit

Gift of Terry Welsh

Lot Number

X7266.2015

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