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Amazon on Wednesday announced it will be holding a special media event on June 18 for an as-yet-unannounced product that many expect will be the Internet retailer's first foray into the smartphone business.



The photo above, which appears to be an Amazon branded portable, is accompanied by a teaser video showing people handling a small device and commenting on what looks to be 3D motion tracking technology.

Interestingly, the pictured device -- at least the one corner that is revealed -- is nearly identical to to renders purportedly leaked in April. At the time, it was reported that Amazon's graphic designers created the images.

In October, AppleInsider reported exclusively on Amazon's rumored device, noting the smartphone will likely sport six cameras for 3D imaging, a 4.7-inch touchscreen display and Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.



The three-dimensional user interface is expected to be the handset's main draw, with users able to manipulate onscreen objects like wallpapers and icons via gestures. From the video released today, it looks like the phone will react to head motions as well, offering an enhanced type of parallax view seen in Apple's iOS 7.

Amazon's event is slated for June 18 and those interested can request an invitation through a special page the company's website.
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 users able to manipulate onscreen objects like wallpapers and icons via gestures. From the video released today, it looks like the phone will react to head motions as well, offering an enhanced type of parallax view seen in Apple's iOS 7.
 

Seriously head movements?  How many people are using Samsung's smart scroll and gestures over phone?

Soon we will have another category.

On the otherside : Glassholes.

On this side : Amazholes.

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Seriously head movements?  How many people are using Samsung's smart scroll and gestures over phone?
Soon we will have another category.
On the otherside : Glassholes.
On this side : Amazholes.

If they are moving their heads in some weird, unnatural way to control their phones we might call them Amazombies

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The three-dimensional user interface is expected to be the handset's main draw, with users able to manipulate onscreen objects like wallpapers and icons via gestures. From the video released today, it looks like the phone will react to head motions as well, offering an enhanced type of parallax view seen in Apple's iOS 7.
 

Hey Jeff, get ready to add the ability to turn that parallax option off due to the migraines the users will complain about. :\

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I'm betting it just has facial tracking that simulates 3-D on-screen...like this:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jd3-eiid-Uw

 

A month ago (or so) I visited my Amazon page and noticed there was a simulated 3-D book in place of the usual spot where one would see a book cover, and I was able to slightly rotate the book using my cursor. I think it may have been a placeholder for what they are planning here. Also, I should note that I saw no value in seeing a book in 3-D.

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Nintendo is pretty sure portable 3D screens are the future. Pretty sure.
Edited by Suddenly Newton - 6/4/14 at 4:37pm

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Seriously head movements?  How many people are using Samsung's smart scroll and gestures over phone?
Soon we will have another category.
On the otherside : Glassholes.
On this side : Amazholes.
Well I guess that makes me an Apphole then.
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Google glasshole

 

 

Dorkazon (?)

 

 

Amazon 3D Douchebag

 

Amazon 3D Dipsh*t

 

Amazuniac

 

Amazonker

 

 

 

Jamazons (because they headbang?)

 

idk

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This is great for people with no fingers. They'll sell hundreds of "aPhones"
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I don't think it matters so much what Amazon does with 3D sensing.  If the phone has this capability, good developers will find many innovative ways to utilize it.  I think it's a good addition. Hopefully Apple is working in this space.  

However, six cameras is a lot of space to use up in a phone.  My guess is that Apple will come up with a more elegant solution and provide the same functionality in a smaller device.  It may take them a few years longer.

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I can't wait for the drone to deliver my new Amazon phone /s

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Amazon is into a little to much hardware.
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This is great for people with no fingers. They'll sell hundreds of "aPhones"

 

And folks with one or no functioning eyes.

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Once it's announced, the DOJ will announce they are investigating Apple's free OS.
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Amazon is into a little to much hardware.

The thought of them designing something that complicated is a little scary…

I've never used a 'Fire', but I can attest that they've finally got the Kindle UI

about where it should have been 4-5 years ago…which is about how long

it takes the device to do things when it's 3/4 full of books.

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Check this link-  a likely preview.    Not sure if 6 cameras are needed and would seem to be

a bit of a novelty until apps utilize the technology.

 

http://youtu.be/bBQQEcfkHoE

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Gotta love Bloomberg. They have three stories on this and all of them are about how Amazon is taking on the iPhone. Kind of amusing considering every chance they get they let us know how Apple is doomed and Android rules the world. Yet with Amazon's new phone Bloomberg apparently thinks only Apple will be impacted.
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Amazon is into a little to much hardware.
i heard a rumor that Amazon is going to be using AT&T's sponsored data plan. I'm sure whatever Amazon does they'll make sure the phone is heavily subsidized. Wall Street doesn't care if they make money so that's easy to do.
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Nintendo is pretty sure portable 3D screens are the future. Pretty sure.

You mean like Virtual Boy?

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I'm pretty sure the "3D" tech in Amazon's smartphone will basically be a commercial implementation of this tech demo from 2007 except tracking your eyes directly instead of requiring an a pair of infrared light sources stuck to your head.

 

 

It's not true 3D but I find the illusion even better and it' much easier on the eyes. Seems resource intensive for a mobile device but it still strikes me as odd that no-one has really pursued this until now. Of course the illusion only works for one person per display but that's a pretty safe assumption to make for a mobile device.


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You mean like Virtual Boy?

You bet! And wait til you see Alfred Hitchcock's Dial 'M' for Murder, it's shot in 3D. I predict by 1960, all movies will be made in 3D. Everything will be 3D: it's the Next Big Thing!

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Meanwhile, Apple was just granted another 62 [936 in 2014 and counting] Patents on June 3.

 

Some real juicy stuff here:

 

http://www.latestpatents.com/apple-patents-granted-on-03-june-2014/#more-27254

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I'm pretty sure the "3D" tech in Amazon's smartphone will basically be a commercial implementation of this tech demo from 2007 except tracking your eyes directly instead of requiring an a pair of infrared light sources stuck to your head.



 





 



It's not true 3D but I find the illusion even better and it' much easier on the eyes. Seems resource intensive for a mobile device but it still strikes me as odd that no-one has really pursued this until now. Of course the illusion only works for one person per display but that's a pretty safe assumption to make for a mobile device.

 



I can't watch that video here, but if it's the one I remember, I think the guy responsible for that stuff went to work for Microsoft working on the Kinect project.
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I'm assuming it will run on a version of android? Pretty much makes it a nonstarter for a lot of people at that point.
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Innovation is always a good thing.
 
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I'm pretty sure the "3D" tech in Amazon's smartphone will basically be a commercial implementation of this tech demo from 2007 except tracking your eyes directly instead of requiring an a pair of infrared light sources stuck to your head.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



I can't watch that video here, but if it's the one I remember, I think the guy responsible for that stuff went to work for Microsoft working on the Kinect project.

 

 

Try this link-  it's takes off on the initial work showing it on an iPad.    Very likely the sprinkle of

fairy dust Amazon will be peddling

 

http://youtu.be/bBQQEcfkHoE

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Amazuniac

 

 

 

Amazaniac would be better.

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Lets see ..which do u find easer?

Holding your phone steady and using your finger to rotate objects to see them from different perspectives. Or rotating and tilting your tablet or phone around to create the same illusion.

And talking about tilt sensitive sliding menus... U better keep that phone steady.. Or u will have things pop in an out without u wanting to!

Battery life... Wonder how much the six cameras will effect battery life?

I feel is is mostly gimmicky than practicality.
Time will tell!
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I'm pretty sure the "3D" tech in Amazon's smartphone will basically be a commercial implementation of this tech demo from 2007 except tracking your eyes directly instead of requiring an a pair of infrared light sources stuck to your head.t's not true 3D but I find the illusion even better and it' much easier on the eyes. Seems resource intensive for a mobile device but it still strikes me as odd that no-one has really pursued this until now. Of course the illusion
only works for one person per display but that's a pretty safe assumption to make for a mobile device.
TechCrunch explains what they believe the tech is according to their sources
http://techcrunch.com/2014/06/05/amazons-3d-smartphone-is-powered-by-omrons-face-sensing-tech/
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