In a desperate bid to get the LG Optimus 3D on shelves as soon as possible, the South Korean manufacturer opted to ship the autostereoscopic smartphone with Froyo (Android 2.2) instead of Gingerbread (Android 2.3).
The LG Optimus 3D is set to get the Gingerbread treatment from October, and we recently heard that it’ll introduce the ability to convert 2D games to 3D. LG has confirmed it’ll show off said ability at IFA.
A News Release from LG reads: “At IFA 2011 in Berlin, LG will demonstrate the world’s first OpenGL-based 2D to 3D game conversion engine available on a smartphone platform.
“A result of LG’s efforts to expand the quantity of 3D content and widen consumer adoption of 3D devices as gaming platforms, the 3D Game Converter is expected to open more doors to 3D gaming content.”
The 3D Game Converter will work with Open-GL based apps running in landscape mode only.
LG’s “3D Technology Evangelist”, Dr. Henry Nho, explains: “Far from being a gimmick, LG’s 3D Game Converter automatically recognizes the depth information based on the location of each object and separates the 2D graphic images for each eye.
“Using the existing depth information, the 3D Game Converter generates two different images -- one for the foreground and one for the background. It then uses a thin film called Parallax Barrier on the display to show the left image to the left eye and the right image to the right eye, creating an illusion of visual depth.”
Sore heads for all.