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Sharps 3D Software Developers Program Doubles in Size

Number of participants increasing to over 100 (September 30, 2004)

Sharp Systems of America, a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation, reports that following the introduction of the LL-151-3D LCD flat panel monitor, Sharp's 3D Display Developer Program has more than doubled its size with the amount of participants increasing to over 100 participants through September.

"There is a growing feeling of excitement in the software developer community about the potential that 3D display technology presents and an increasing amount of very talented and creative software developers have been jumped on-board to explore the possibilities," said Ian Matthew, 3D Business Development Manager for Sharp Systems of America. "3D is the next evolution of LCD technology, and it's only a matter of time before it finds its way into the mainstream. These early adopting developers will prove to be valuable resources at every step of the way and will be a credit to the market as 3D technology finds its way into the mainstream."

"Sharp's advanced 3D display technology allows users to interact with 3D scenes in stereo without needing glasses, on both a portable laptop and a desktop monitor," said Mike Heck, Chief Technical Officer, 3D Visualization Group, Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. "With the resources of Sharp's 3D Developer Program, adding support for the Sharp 3D Display technology was easy. As a result of this collaboration, application developers using the latest version of the Open Inventor toolkit as their graphics platform can now take full advantage of Sharp's stereo display technology without having to change their code."

The majority of participants in Sharp's 3D Developer Program consist of developers in the medical industry, including drug development and medical imaging applications such as surgical preparation and diagnosis. Other participants in the program include developers in orthodontics, mapping/GIS, oil & gas, CAD and other computer aided design applications, entertainment, education, government, and others.

"There is an increasing amount of inquiry about the potential for gaming that 3D technology presents," said Matthew. "3D display technology offers the ability to present a more genuine interaction in the gaming environment, and some creative game developers are pouncing on the opportunity to stake their claim as a leader in 'real' 3D gaming. Sharp is excited to see a steadily growing enthusiasm for 3D display technology. We're committed to supporting these developers through our 3D Display Developer Program and will do what we can to provide them the tools to success."

Sharp's 3D Display Developer Program
Sharp's 3D Display Developer Program is a free program designed to assist software developer's support of the new 3D display technology that allows 'out of the screen' 3D visualization without 3D glasses. The developer program is open to all software developers who wish to write or modify existing software to support the Sharp 3D display and offers the following benefits:
* A fully documented software developers kit
* Discounts on 3D Display products
* Special website area for technical support
* Membership to the Sharp3D Partners Program including link to the developer's website
* Joint marketing opportunities

More information on the program can be found at

Sharp's 3D LCD Technology
Developed jointly by Sharp Corporation and Sharp Laboratories Europe, Ltd. (SLE), Sharp's TFT 3D LCD Technology is set to revolutionize the visual experience by offering a realistic sense of depth and presence that hasn't been previously available in LCD displays. The TFT 3D LCD, which can be easily switched between 2D and 3D display modes, allows the monitor to display dynamic 3D images for realistic visualization of complex geometry. Using a parallax barrier, light from the LCD is divided so that different patterns reach the viewer's left and right eyes. The direction in which light leaves the display is controlled so that the left and right eyes see different images. When centered in front of the display, each eye receives the correct visual information for the brain to process. This makes it possible for the image on the screen to appear in three dimensions without the user having to wear special goggles.

"Sharp's TFT 3D LCD technology works on the principle of displaying left and right eye views that are separated so that the left eye sees only the left eye image, and the right eye sees only the right eye image," explained Matthew. "Since these images have perspective and are offset in the same way that the human eye normally sees the two images, the brain naturally interprets the image disparity and creates a 'sense of depth' effect. The result is a 3D, 'out of screen' display,' that provides users with a visual experience previously unattainable without polarized or liquid crystal shuttering lenses."

About Sharp Systems of America
Sharp Systems of America, a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation, markets, sells and supports LCD monitors and notebook computers. Products are available through Sharp's network of authorized dealers and resellers. More information can be found at and


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