My Picturetown 3D: Nikon's 3D Image Conversion Service For Photo Frames

Nikon Japan is planning [JP] to offer an online service that allows users to convert conventional 2D images into 3D in order to view them on a dedicated 3D photo frame. Starting December this year, the service will be open to Japanese members of  “my Picturetown”, an online photo sharing and storage service run by Nikon (which already exists).

Users won’t need special glasses to view the 3D images on the picture frame, which will be rented to users of the conversion service (meaning Nikon won’t sell it separately). The NF-300i is sized at 176 x 156 x 50mm, weighs 600g, and comes with a remote control.

It has a 7.2-inch LCD screen with 800×600 resolution and 400cd/m2 brightness, runs on Android 2.1, has 4GB internal memory, and features an Ethernet port, a USB port and Wi-Fi.

Users will be able to share 3D images among themselves on “my Picturetown” (and through the frames), while Nikon plans to deliver its own 3D content, images and movies, too.

The company plans to charge users a $25 monthly fee or $250 yearly fee for using the service (and renting the frame). Upgrading the storage from 2GB to 20GB will cost another $4.30 per month.