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Amazon teases mysterious 3D device unveiling this month

Above: Amazon promotional image for mystery device unveiling

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Amazon today announced that it will unveil a “new device” on June 18.

Alongside today’s announcement, Amazon shared a teaser video that seemingly backs up past rumors that the company is developing 3D hardware.

“It moved with me,” said one person using the device in Amazon’s promotional video [below]. While Amazon hasn’t confirmed a 3D phone yet, an event application asks developers if they are “interested in developing apps utilizing a new type of sensor” and have any “machine learning experience.” The application also mentions gyroscopes and accelerometers.

Chatter of an Amazon-built phone have lingered since 2011, when the company was rumored to have partnered with Foxconn. Talk of a 3D screen then emerged last year. Reports that Amazon would release a free phone subsidized by advertisements have also lingered, but Amazon denied such rumors last year.

Then, in April of this year, a leaked photo allegedly revealed the device:

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Not long after, an additional photograph emerged:

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While Amazon’s announcement today hints at much, it confirms little. VentureBeat has reached out to Amazon for comment and will update this story accordingly.

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8 comments
FreshInbox
FreshInbox

@stylecampaign some iPad apps track your face and change the aspect as you move making it appear 3D. Bet Amazon is doing that.

CodingCrow
CodingCrow

@chrisoshea I hope they don't disappoint. It could just be a 2d display but still tracking the eyes to change the view to feel 3d/solid.

Jay Patel
Jay Patel

Probably a phone, a phone with all sorts of parental controls.

Mariz Melo
Mariz Melo

Augmented reality device or phone