YouTube partners with LG on mobile 3D videos

The Android-based LG Optimus 3D will be available in Europe in Q2

YouTube is working with LG Electronics to make it easier for users to capture 3D images and video on mobile devices and upload directly to the Internet with LG's new Optimus 3D smartphone.

The Optimus 3D, which uses Google's Android mobile operating system, features a dual-lens camera for 3D image and video capture. That video can be directly uploaded to YouTube via a dedicated YouTube 3D video application, said Nanako Kato, an LG spokeswoman.

The Optimus 3D's 4.3-inch touchscreen also lets users view 3D images and video without using glasses.

"The new partnership is part of a broader push into 3D entertainment by LG and the world’s largest online video community," the companies said in a joint statement. "YouTube and LG collaborated to enable the delivery and sharing of 3D video onto mobile devices in a way that makes it simple and easy for consumers."

YouTube started providing a place for 3D video in July 2009 at the YouTube 3D Gallery, and even sells special 3D glasses on the site.

The partnership with LG takes 3D video mobile by making it readily uploadable and easy to share.

LG armed the Optimus 3D with a 1GHz OMAP4 dual-core processor from Texas Instruments, dual-channel memory to ensure users have enough power to work on 3D video on the handset. People can share 3D videos and pictures via a host of wireless and wired connectors, including HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface). It is also DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) networking certified.

The glasses-free 3D screen on the Optimus 3D was made with an applied parallax barrier technology, which puts a series of slits on the front of the LCD screen that block light in a way that ensures a user's left and right eye see different images, thereby creating the illusion of depth for the 3D image.

LG's Optimus Pad tablet also has a built-in 3D camera, but its 8.9-inch touchscreen is not made for glasses-free 3D viewing. Images and video taken with the 3D camera can be viewed on 3D TVs or shared on the Web via YouTube 3D, LG said.

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