The history of 3D technology in mobile devices is mercifully short. While 3D imagery has found limited success on larger screens (thank you, Avatar), smartphones and tablet displays have been almost universally restricted to two dimensions.
That’s why it’s extremely odd that Amazon is apparently taking its own stab at mobile 3D with the unveiling of its smartphone on Wednesday. Reports — as well Amazon’s own teaser for the event — strongly suggest a 3D smartphone is coming. While the success of the Nintendo 3DSshows 3D gadgets can sometimes succeed, the consensus around that device is that it did welldespite its 3D tech, not because of it.