No-glasses 3D from 2D

Yesterday, it seemed that 3D TV sets were just a fad and, mainly due to a small amount of 3D content, this technology has already faded into oblivion. Meanwhile, new generations of no-glasses 3D displays, as well as an extremely efficient technology that instantly converts any (!) 2D image into a three-dimensional production, have been developed. 3D, once again, returns, also in a mobile version.

At present, the advancement of typical 3D displays is limited due to the small amount of 3D content. Although people could buy certain movies in 3D, viewers could not watch the majority movies as well as TV shows and video games in three dimensions. In the result, 3D TV sets owners still mostly watch 2D content. Interestingly, none of Samsung 2016 US TV models will support 3D.

Another often mentioned disadvantage of 3D format, which is a need of wearing special glasses, seems to have been overcome. No-glasses 3D screens (so-called autostereoscopic displays) has been available on the market for several years. Usually, this technology is implemented into some medium size TV sets, but much smaller 3D displays from time to time also appear in a mobile segment.

At the Mobile World Congress 2016 which took place in late February in Barcelona, representatives of companies such as JSDigitech and SuperD claimed that a demand for 3D displays, especially in mobile devices, is yet to come. Now it is still a niche.

When speaking to representatives of two Chinese companies mentioned above, it was quite easy to become convinced that soon some consumer electronics manufacturers will start putting no-glasses 3D displays into new smartphones, tablets, laptops, computers, big screen TVs, as well as both VR and AR products. The third dimension will be added not only to photos and videos, but also to a user interface.

A combination of no-glasses 3D display with motion and gesture sensors in a smartphone, tablet or digital media advertising medium may bring a three-dimensional holographic-like interface controlled by touch and gestures.

No-glasses 3D displays are available, but how about a 3D content? Here comes the most important innovation, that may break existing barrier inhibiting an adoption of 3D displays on the market.

VEFXi illustration
A conversion of 2D and 3D glasses-based content into no-glasses 3D products requires a device integrated with VEFXi’s microchip and a lenticular or parallax barrier lens built into a screen. Naturally, a viewer can switch off the 3D effect anytime he or she wants. Source:

American company VEFXi Corporation demonstrated at Mobile World Congress a prototype of their new microchip technology that converts any 2D image to no-glasses 3D for mobile and desktop autostereoscopic displays up to 4K UHD. This new technology is the first in the industry to be able to turn ordinary 2D video into no-glasses 3D with only about one frame delay.

At MWC were shown not only different size no-glass 3D displays, but also – and this is the most important innovation – a prototype of a chip that instantly converts 2D photos, videos and games to 3D.

Instead of the conventional approach which requires an army of software programmers develop algorithms, VEFXi applied power efficient logic that even more closely models functions of the human brain neuron cells and associated synapses. To create the depth position of each pixel that results in 3D output, VEXFi uses its patent-pending technology named NeuralBrainTM Depth Synthesis.

To learn more about VEFXi chip technology – how it works, how it may change future of interfaces, and what is an extreme virtual reality (E VR) – watch the video interview with Craig Peterson, CEO and Founder of VEFXi, recorded at World Mobile Congress 2016 in Barcelona.

Craig Peterson worked at Intel for 29 years where he led the development of various microprocessors and chipsets. He retired from Intel in 2003 and then created two new startup businesses in Shanghai. In December 2010, he founded VEFXi based in Hillsboro, Oregon. The company has already shipped products to more than 30 countries. The newest, third generation 2D-into-3D converter technology was learned from professional customer feedback of first two generations of products.

If you have any questions regarding VEFXi and no-glasses 3D, you can contact Craig Peterson at

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