A parallax barrier
is a device placed in front of an image source, such as a liquid crystal display
, to allow it to show a stereoscopic image
without the need for the viewer to wear 3D glasses
. Placed in front of the normal LCD, it consists of a layer of material with a series of precision slits, allowing each eye to see a different set of pixels
, so creating a sense of depth through parallax
in an effect similar to what lenticular printing
produces for printed products.
In addition to films and computer games, the technique has found uses in areas such as molecular modelling
and airport security
. It is also being used for the navigation system in the 2010-model Range Rover
, allowing the driver to view (for example) GPS directions, while a passenger watches a movie. It is also used in the Nintendo 3DS
hand-held game console and LG
's Optimus 3D smartphone, as well as Sharp's Galapagos Android SmartPhone series.
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