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Nintendo is being sued by Tomita Technologies over the tech used to create the 3DS' glasses-free 3D.
The lawsuit brought on by Tomita (found by Patent Arcade) centers around Tomita's U.S. Patent No. 7,417,664 titled "Stereoscopic Image Picking Up and Display System Based Upon Optical Axes Cross-Point Information," which relates to “technology relating to displaying stereoscopic images on-screen for viewing with the naked eye, i.e., without utilizing glasses or other devices.” The patent was filed in 2003 and awarded in 2008. According to Patent Arcade, the lawsuit does not detail exactly how Nintendo infringes on Tomita's work.
Of course, from handhelds to controllers to you name it, whenever a new system or peripheral comes out these days there's almost always a lawsuit like this. Then again, we have no idea if Tomita's complaint is legit.
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