3D HD cellphone video: a killer app for next decade storage

3D HD cellphone video: a killer app for next decade storage

Summary: Terabyte notebooks are coming in a couple of years. But what will we fill them with?

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TOPICS: Mobility, Storage
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Terabyte notebooks are coming in a couple of years. But what will we fill them with? Glad you asked. How about 3D HDTV cell phone footage? Don't laugh. It's coming.

Flashback When I bought my first external hard drive - 30 MB for $300 - I couldn't imagine filling it up. And that was true of each successive hard drive purchase until my interest in video. Video changes things in a way that even 10 MP photos and MP3s don't: video eats storage.

According to Nikkei Electronics Asia

. . . the development of HDTV compatible mobile phones is progressing apace. 720p compatible processors are already here, and 1080p compatible products will likely arrive in 2008. By 2009 mobile phones will incorporate HDMI connectors.

When you start shooting HDTV with your cell phone the question is where will you keep it all? At 10 GB per hour, a terabyte notebook doesn't look so big - especially when friends start sending you their favorite clips.

What about 3D? Seiko Epson Corp. has developed a prototype 3-D display targeted at cell phones. Even though it is only 2 1/2 inches the display has a full 1024 by 768 resolution. Epson claims

. . . sharp, vivid 3D images over a wider viewing zone than was previously possible. While 3D displays have often traded off resolution for enhanced 3D effects, Epson has successfully improved the perceived image quality by using "step 3D pixel array" technology.

Here's diagram of the technology, courtesy of the fine folks at Epson.

3d_display.jpg

The Storage Bits take This is a great application for 4-level MLC flash - how many thousands of hours of video will the average cell phone owner shoot? - and 3D content will drive consumer demand for 3D displays and massive storage.

If the cell phone vendors sell them - the 3D display is the weak link - the networks will also have to beef up their bandwidth. But Hollywood is looking for the Next Big Thing in home entertainment.

Right now, 3D video is the most likely prospect. There is a downside: Paris Hilton style sex videos in stunning high-def 3D.

I'll pass.

Comments welcome, of course.

Topics: Mobility, Storage

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  • Novelty value only

    There was a report in the last week saying that even the tech-mad Koreans don't watch TV/videos on their phone.
    They may record on the phone though.
    deaf_e_kate
  • RE: 3D HD cellphone video: a killer app next decade storage

    What a nice dream.... but only a dream. That resolution on that small of a picture? Overkill and I'm sure overpriced... Good luck with all that.........
    scoobydoozie
  • I couldn't help noting...

    ...that the geniuses at Epson have the left and right images reversed.
    GrizzledGeezer
  • I might also add...

    ...that the Epson system is close to 50 years old. It's called a parallax panoramagram.
    GrizzledGeezer
    • Dear Grizzly,

      Epson claims that the quality of their version is very high
      because they use the high-def screen to create multiple
      views that smoothly segue as you rotate the screen.

      Haven't seen it, but I like the story.

      Robin
      R Harris
  • RE: 3D HD cellphone video: a killer app next decade storage

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    merlynx
  • Greetings From The Future

    It's fun to look back at an old article and all the pessimists towards new technology that has become a reality. Five years down the road and this technology is on most hand held gaming devices such as the PSP vista and the Nintendo 3DS talk about crazy stuff!
    To-mos`