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Enjoy 3D on-the-go with new screen protector

Nurdianah Md Nur | April 2, 2013
The partnership between Singapore’s Temasek Polytechnic and IMRE has resulted in a nano-engineered screen protector that turns the ordinary screens of handheld devices into 3D displays.

3D glasses might soon be a thing of the past with the new nano-engineered screen protector developed by Singapore’s Temasek Polytechnic (TP) and A*STAR Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE).

The screen protector, which they claimed to be the first ever glasses-free 3D accessory, is a piece of plastic film with about half a million perfectly shaped lenses engineered onto its surface using IMRE proprietary nanoimpriting technology, said Dr Jaslyn Law, an IMRE scientist who worked on this two-year project.

Measuring less than 0.1mm in thickness, the screen protector can display content on handheld devices in both portrait and landscape modes when coupled with accompanying applications.

The complementary applications, built by the TP and IMRE team for Apple iOS and Android platforms, also enable 2D pictures taken using mobile devices to be converted into 3D.

Existing games can be converted into 3D versions too as the team will be releasing a software development kit for game developers to do so.

“The success of this project is typical of what IMRE aims to do - innovate and turn science into an exciting business opportunity. I’m glad this has given us products that make life just a little bit more fun,” said Prof Andy Hor, executive director of IMRE.

The nano-engineered screen protector will be marketed by startup, Nanoveu Pte Ltd. It has licensed the technology from Exploit Technologies Pte Ltd –A*STAR’s technology transfer arm – and TP, and is currently securing the interest of local and overseas customers and investors.

Future development

Leveraging on this development, the team is exploring using the same technology for security access tokens to decode PIN numbers sent online.

If successful, the tokens could be an inexpensive and portable alternative to the bulky and expensive battery-operated security tokens like those used by Singapore banks today.

 

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