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Sharp Offers 3-D Viewing Without Glasses

The technology works best in small displays

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9 April, 2010—Last Friday, Sharp Corp. took the wraps off a 3-D display technology that doesn't require special glasses but produces an image as bright as what you'd see on a standard LCD screen. Sharp says it will begin mass-producing small displays, suitable for mobile devices, in the next six months and predicted that it wouldn't be long before the technology replaces standard mobile displays.

Sharp's bet on 3-D comes hard on the blue 3-D heels of Avatar, the highest-grossing movie ever, and in the wake of the March launch of 3-D TVs from Japan's Panasonic and South Korea's Samsung. Sony says it will ship its 3-D LCD TVs in June, just in time for the World Cup soccer tournament, which ESPN will use to kick off the industry's first 3-D television network.

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The Transistor at 75

The past, present, and future of the modern world’s most important invention

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A photo of a birthday cake with 75 written on it.
Lisa Sheehan

Seventy-five years is a long time. It’s so long that most of us don’t remember a time before the transistor, and long enough for many engineers to have devoted entire careers to its use and development. In honor of this most important of technological achievements, this issue’s package of articles explores the transistor’s historical journey and potential future.

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