Nintendo's 3DS Takes and Displays 3D Pictures

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It's strange to think about, but a handheld game console might just be the first low cost way to take 3D pictures. Nintendo announced the 3DS yesterday as the followup to their popular Nintendo DS.  Like the DS, it's got a pair of screens, one of which is touch sensitive.  Unlike the DS it's got a pair of cameras on the back that's capable of capturing a 3D image with a 640 x 480 resolution.

Does it get better?  It sure does.  The 3DS will also be equipped with an SD memory card slot, so there's a good chance you'll be able to save your pictures or even put them online.  Even if most people won't be able to see them, other 3DS owners would be able to benefit.

The price and release date of the 3DS are a mystery.  If Nintendo sticks with its usual plan of making affordable systems, the 3DS will be set somewhere under $200.  An official release date is expected to be announced this fall.