Amazon planning 3D Kindle smartphone?

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amazon-phone.jpgDespite no official confirmation being given, it’s pretty much a given that Amazon would be planning to put out a smartphone carrying the Kindle branding, given the success of their Android-based Kindle Fire tablet line. But this latest rumour has us broadsided – Amazon may be planning to put a 3D display in their secret handset.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Amazon are developing a high-end smartphone with a 3D screen that wouldn’t require 3D glasses, much like the Nintendo 3DS. The handset would use “retina tracking” technology to shift perspective on the display, giving the impression that items are floating above the screen and allowing users to control and access content with movements of their eyes.

The report offers scant few other details on the handset (other than that it is being developed at Amazon’s Lab126 facility in Cupertino, California), but they do mention a few other gadgets in development at the company.

The first is another smartphone (without the 3D display), while the second is an audio streaming device, likely tapping into Amazon’s cloud service. Finally, there’s rumours that Amazon are also putting together a set-top box, tapping into the company’s many media channels.

Amazon wouldn’t be the first company to be putting out a 3D smartphone. Back at MWC 2011 LG released the LG Optimus 3D, which used a lenticular display to present 3D graphics without glasses. You can check it out in the video below:

Gerald Lynch
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