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January 07, 2011

ViewSonic's 2D to 3D Digital Photo Frame Reaches 'Last Gadget Standing' at CES

ViewSonic's newest photo frame adds new dimension to your photo viewing experience. No, that's not some nauseating, generic marketing talk: the ViewSonic 3DPF8 actually takes standard 2D photos and turns them into 3D, ultimately sending them to an eight-inch autostereoscopic display. The result is relatively high-quality 3D images without the use of dorky 3D glasses.

The frame, which sells for about $200, looks and acts like a standard digital photo frame. It has an SD/MMC memory card slot, a slideshow mode, and touch-sensitive controls on the front bezel, noted Yahoo Technology News' Ben Patterson in his review. It also features a calendar, clock and alarm function.

Users upload their digital photos into the ViewSonic's memory card slot and the frame turns the 2D image into 3D, which it then displays on its bright eight-inch 3D display (it works, according to Patterson, because of something called parallax barrier technology, which sounds like something from Star Trek).

Wrote Patterson, “You do get a definite sense of depth from the image, with the photo appearing to stretch behind the frame. And if you're viewing the photo from precisely the right angle, you will get the uncanny sense that you're seeing an actual 3D image – although 'sense' is the key word here.”

Many CES (News - Alert) attendees viewing the frame have found that the double images in the ViewSonic frame are a little brain scrambling, and some have noted that the display's moderate resolution (800 X 600) could be better. But by and large, most have acknowledged that one way or another, it's pretty cool.

All in all, the frame has generated enough buzz and impressed enough people for it to be placed as a finalist for CES' “Last Gadget Standing.” The “Last Gadget Standing” is hosted by respected technology journalists Robin Raskin and Harry McCracken. Entries are judged by an expert panel of industry media, including John Biggs, Patrick Houston, Michael J. Miller, Melissa Perenson, Avram Piltch, Peter Rojas, Joanna Stern, Steve Wildstrom and Dave Zatz. More information on the Last Gadget Standing awards can be found at lastgadgetstanding.com.

Tracey Schelmetic is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Tracey's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

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