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It’s not easy to innovate in the tablet market, but Leia has done it with the launch today of its 3D Lume Pad. This is a 10.8 inch Android tablet with 3D images appearing on the screen.
And before you say “Not in 3D yet,” Leia did a good job collecting apps and games that go with the tablet, which is available today for $ 649.
The Lume Pad uses 3D Lightfield technology which allows you to see three-dimensional images with the naked eye. You don’t have to wear those silly sunglasses to see these 3D effects in real time. The Lume Pad has an app that can convert real-time 3D photos and videos for streaming, authoring and sharing. It also makes 2D and 3D apps and games a more immersive experience.
The Lume Pad has already impressed people and it won some recognition for innovation at CES 2021. With an ecosystem of content, new features and improvements, Leia is now ready to share its patented holographic technology with the big market. public. The Lume Pad is available today on Amazon.com, in select B8ta stores across the country and on Leiainc.com.
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I visited Leia CEO David Fattal in Menlo Park, Calif., At the company’s headquarters before the pandemic. It seemed like a long time ago, but back then I was having fun playing Super Smashball, a dungeon crawling game where you swing a ball and chain at boxes and skeletons.
“I think there’s no doubt it’s done right, people will want 3D and it’s exactly the same way people wanted to go from static images to moving images and black and white movies. to color, ”he said. “There has to be enough content. And this time, you don’t have to wear glasses.
Fattal said in an interview with GamesBeat that it took years of development in nanotechnology and AI to create the Lume Pad. He said the company delivers an endless amount of 3D content to consumers in a familiar mobile format and without compromising on the 2D experience.
“It’s a way to create 3D images without having to wear glasses or having to follow your eyes,” Hattal said. “We try to give you the most natural feeling of immersion.”
With the Lume Pad you can transform 2D images into 3D; capture, edit and share 3D images and videos with Lume’s 16-megapixel stereo cameras; view hundreds of thousands of 3D images shared on LeiaPix, the 3D imaging social network, and use them as a 3D photo frame.
There are over 500,000 3D models with full Sketchfab integration that you can download. You can play 3D learning apps and games and use all your 2D Android apps. You can also listen to 3D audio with Dolby Atmos.
Along with today’s launch, Leia is also announcing two content partnerships. The first is with Mozaik Education, a provider of textbooks and digital learning solutions. Delivered with the Lume Pad, the Mozaik 3D Learning application offers more than 1,200 3D training courses
scenes and hundreds of educational videos, lessons, quizzes and games. Lume Pad users will receive a free one-year subscription.
And Leia has partnered with mobile game publisher Gameloft with a port of Asphalt Nitro 2 for the Lume Pad 3D screen. Using Leia’s SDK, the popular racing game takes full advantage of Lightfield technology to add more depth for a more realistic and immersive experience.
To celebrate the arrival of the Lume Pad for consumers, Leia is making all 3D Lightfield games and apps available for free in the Leia app store until the end of 2021. Existing owners of the Lume Pad: Creator’s Edition will get the entire user interface improvements and new features pushed to
their devices via an OTA update.
Lume Pad uses Leia’s second generation Lightfield 3D display, powered by proprietary Lightfield diffractive backlight technology.
It is a thin nanotechnological layer that is located under the screen. It has a screen resolution of 2560 x 1600 which can instantly switch to 3D Lightfield mode for natural 3D experiences. Your eyes need a moment to adjust to the 3D change, and it’s best to see it from around 15 to 20 inches away.
“It’s not just about 3D data. It’s also about how we deal with light reflections, ”he said. “We can basically send different amounts of light in different directions from space to the screen. And it’s a lot closer to how you experience content in the real world, with the shine when the light bursts and sparkles, and so on. So you get a feel for textures and materials in addition to depth. So we think it’s the natural evolution of media this way.
The camera is quite high end. The 16-megapixel rear lens is paired with the LeiaCam app, which captures images and videos as well as depth maps in real time. LeiaCam allows you to take 3D photos with high dynamic range (HDR, with shadows and bright spots in the same image) and noise reduction.
The technology is based on 10 years of research at HP Labs, where Leia’s team of 14 researchers worked together before turning to Leia. In the past, they targeted displays in the automotive space.
“We are not only developing the fundamental physics behind how the screen works, but also the means for mass production,” Hattal said. “The nanotechnology that we have in our display is very similar to what you would find in a HoloLens helmet or a Magic Leap helmet – the transparent diffractive x-ray light field.”
The company has raised $ 116 million in funding to date and has around 220 employees, including a hardware team in Shanghai. Display technology required a lot of investment, and the company also invested in computer vision. Over the past year, the company has built a lot of partnerships that it needs to launch apps alongside the device.
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