A 2009 Nokia patent for a 3D-making, dual-screen device has some wondering whether Microsoft has revived the project. Also rumored is a Nokia Windows 8 tablet.
Nokia reportedly may be
at work on a 3D smartphone for Microsoft, along with a Windows 8 tablet.
While unconfirmed, the 3D-device rumor is being buoyed by
the discovery of a patent application that Nokia filed in November 2009 for
what it called an "autostereoscopic rendering and display apparatus," according
to a May 5 report from Tom's Guide
A rendering, in the patent application, of a dual-display
display device with a hinge keeping the screens at a gentle angle-one is
flat, while the other is up perhaps 45 degrees-contains captions explaining
how the device's camera tracks the level of the user's eye. "A shadow and
reflection rendered on to [the] second screen changes as the eye level
changes," states the caption.
The patent abstract goes on to describe the device as:
An apparatus comprising a sensor configured to
detect the position and orientation of a user viewpoint with respect to an
auto-stereoscopic display; a processor configured to determine a surface
viewable from the user viewpoint of at least one three dimensional object; and
an image generator configured to generate a left and right eye image for
display on the auto-stereoscopic display dependent on the surface viewable from
the user viewpoint.
More simply put, for an effective 3D experience-much
of which rests on the user's position relative to the screen-the
device's camera can detect where the user's eye is and adjust the 3D effect
Dubbed the "Nokia 3D Communicator," according to
the site NokNokTV
which Nokia sponsors, " the device concept is also said to be nothing to
"It features a dual-display, with a 3D screen atop a 2D
panel, and comes with advanced touches such as a shadow-casting effect from
objects on the 3D screen down onto the 2D display, which adjusts as you move
around the 3D image on screen with your finger," the site reports.
As for the tablet rumor, Tom's Guide points to a comment left
by Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin on a mobile
. According to Murtazin, Nokia's 2012-2013 strategy includes a few
inexpensive, sub-100-euro phones, a midtier S60 5th edition phone, a mid- to
high-end Symbian device, a few high-end Windows Phone 7 handsets and one
Windows Phone 8 tablet, scheduled for 2012-but which Murtazin expects
will be delayed until 2013.
Murtazin adds that Nokia's goals are to claim 21 percent of
the worldwide smartphone market in 2011 and hold on to 27 percent of the whole
phone market. Both, he says, are "too optimistic, I think."
According to Gartner, Nokia's handset market share in 2010
was 28.9 percent, down from 36.4 percent in 2009. Its declining
sales-which were largely blamed on its alliance to the Symbian
operating system-led new Nokia CEO Stephen Elop to announce in February
that the company
is shifting its primary focus to Microsoft's Windows Phone OS instead.
Comments Elop made recently on Finnish television show
A-Plus have Murtazin's comments seeming not far off. (Nokia, emphasizing how
seriously it takes the protection of its confidential information and
intellectual property, has taken
legal action against Murtazin in the past
.) More than focusing on a single
iPhone-killer, Elop said the company's strategy was to offer a broad portfolio
of devices hitting every price point-more of an Android-battling
Elop also commented on Nokia's interest in producing a
tablet, but suggested that such a device was still far off, with the
Nokia team-as unlikely as it sounds-still discussing which of the
operating systems (Symbian, Microsoft or even MeeGo) to pair it with.
"There are now over 200 different tablets on the
marketplace, and only one of them is doing really well. My challenge to the
team is that I don't want to be the 201st tablet on the market that you can't
tell from all of the others," Elop
said on the program.
"We are in a hurry, but it's a hurry to do the