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3D technology goes mobile

on Tuesday,November 10,2009 22:11

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At this year''s BlackBerry Developer Conference in San Francisco the name of the game was 3D, as a series of new technologies and initiatives were announced that plan to bring smartphones into the third dimension.

The annual convention of over 1,000 participating software and industrial designers has been the launching ground for several new technologies, software platforms and accessory designs since 2008 - and this year''s big announcement was the platform support of OpenGL ES, a program used to support and create 3D graphics, games and animation.

The announcement is seen as a means to combat the popularity of other smart phones, like the industry leading iPhone and the more customizable android phones such as the Motorola Droid.

The industry''s push to embrace the emerging technology is another signal of the increasing ubiquity of 3D displays and development, including the growing emphasis on 3D in animated films and the recent introduction of 3D laptops.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the employment of animators and 3D developers will grow faster than most industries – predicting a 16 percent growth by 2016.
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