Mobile 3D market will grow exponentially by 2012

Big film studios are taking 3D content from cinemas to the home as TV manufacturers ship increasing numbers of 3D-ready TVs, according to research by In-Stat.

The company said that this trend is also driving the next evolution of 3D, which it claims is 3D on mobile devices. It said it expects that the number of 3D-enabled mobile devices shipped in 2014 will surpass 60 million units.

“Due to advancements in autostereoscopic 3D technology, a type of 3D technology that does not require glasses to view 3D images, 3D technology is finding its way into mobile devices,” said Stephanie Ethier, senior analyst at the company.

“The more predictable viewing distance of mobile devices enables a compelling and convenient 3D experience. Additionally, many of the chipsets found in today’s smartphones have the processing power to handle 3D content; therefore the smartphones promise the largest opportunity for mobile 3D technology suppliers over the next five years.”

The company also predicts that 3D enabled smartphones will make up 45 percent of all 3D-enabled mobile devices shipments by 2012. Penetration rates will be highest in the handheld
game console market segment, with the company predicting that tablets, smartphones, and handheld game consoles, will incorporate 3D more quickly than other portable devices.