The LG Thrill 4G mobile Android handset arrived as only the second smartphone ever to offer glasses free 3-D viewing. The HTC Evo 3-D was the first such device to offer glasses free 3-D viewing technology, and coupled with the LG Thrill 4G, are the only two mobile handsets which currently allow for viewing 3-D content without having to access some other technology, like 3-D glasses or extra hardware. The LG Thrill 4G also provides the ability to record in 3-D, employing dual rear facing camcorders to do so.
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Those rear facing cameras are dual five megapixel camcorders, and when recording in three dimensions, they both record video simultaneously. This practice of using two separate ocular devices to simultaneously view an image is called stereoscopic technology, and is very similar to how our own vision works. The two cameras are spaced very close together, simulating our eyes, and record images and video at the same time, but from those two slightly different viewpoints. Then that information is sent to a 3-D processor, much like the information our eyes gather is sent to our brain.
The “brain” in the LG Thrill 4G is a 3-D processor, which then fills in the gaps, and creates a rendering of what a three-dimensional image or video would appear like. In the past, the 3-D glasses you had to wear to view 3-D content were where this technology took place. Now, the 3-D processor in the handset handles the 3-D imaging, which makes it viewable on the LG Thrill’s 4.3 inch display. The 3-D processor can also provide viewing of 3-D content obtained from somewhere other than the on-board cameras, allowing viewing of 3-D movies, videos and other online content.
The processor on board the LG Thrill 4G is a dual core Texas Instruments OMAP4 1.0 GHz processing chip set, and 512 MB of memory support it. The above-mentioned 4.3 inch display is a capacitive touch screen offering 480 x 800 pixel resolution on the TFT screen. Support for 16 million colors, multitouch gestures, a light sensor and proximity sensor are also on board. The LG Thrill 4G is available for $19.99 on the AT&T 4G network with a two-year activation.