T-Mobile to sell tablet with 3-D cameras, glasses

Feb 02, 2011 By PETER SVENSSON , AP Technology Writer
In this product image provided by T-Mobile, the T-Mobile G-Slate is shown. (AP Photo/T-Mobile)

(AP) -- Aiming to ride two crazes at once, T-Mobile USA will sell a tablet computer that can shoot 3-D videos.

The cell phone company said Wednesday that the "G-Slate" tablet from LG Electronics Inc. will be out this spring, but it didn't say exactly when, or how much it would cost.

The tablet will have an 8.9-inch screen and two cameras on the back, which together can capture 3-D, high-definition video. The tablet will come with red-blue 3-D glasses for 3-D viewing while shooting.

The G-Slate will be one of the first tablets with Honeycomb software, a version of Inc.'s Android operating system specifically designed for tablet computers.

The G-Slate will have a third camera on the front, for video-conferencing over T-Mobile's .

The 3-D tablet comes as gadget makers and phone companies are trying to ride the coattails of Apple Inc.'s hit iPad . Meanwhile, Hollywood studios and TV makers are pushing 3-D movies and TV sets, but 3-D TV sales have so far been disappointing.

Also Wednesday, T-Mobile is starting to sell another tablet, the Streak 7 from Dell Inc. It runs an version designed for smart phones. It costs $199 with a two-year contract for data service, after a $50 mail-in rebate.

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gwrede
3 / 5 (1) Feb 02, 2011
Meanwhile, Hollywood studios and TV makers are pushing 3-D movies and TV sets, but 3-D TV sales have so far been disappointing.
Have I got news for them: customers still haven't become a mindless herd, which you can have buy anything you want just by saying this is the next rage.
Lord_jag
1 / 5 (1) Feb 02, 2011
Yes they have. But the herd decides what's the next rage not the marketers.
Jimbaloid
not rated yet Feb 02, 2011
Red-Blue glasses, you've got to be kidding me! I'm sure the HD footage shot will be of a good quality and these glasses are just for 'previewing' the footage. But seriously, Red-Blue glasses, that was Ok 25 years ago for comic books or am I being too harsh? Surely there will be some kind of active shutter optional extra?
I_Dont_Have_A_Name
not rated yet Feb 02, 2011
Yes they have. But the herd decides what's the next rage not the marketers.

I wish that was true ☠. I really do. I'm a marketing minor at GWU...to a certain extent it's all about what's "cool" or portrayed to be cool. Especially for teens and children. Fashion especially...than again we aren't all wearing bright silver jump suits...yet ಠ_ಠ
dirk_bruere
not rated yet Feb 02, 2011
Whether correct or not, iPad will continue to be seen as the premier device. If the cost of an Android tablet is greater than an iPad it will likely fail.