Sharp new 15-inch LL-151-3D provides 3D stereoscopic imagery for desktop Windows and Mac PCs, without the need for special glasses.

The display costs $1,499 (around £825) in the US and supports OpenGL-compatible graphics cards. Though it’s aimed at markets already using 3D visualization applications, such as medical imaging, GIS and oil and gas exploration, it's also suitable for anyone requiring a more immersive 3D experience.

The LL-151-3D sports XGA (1024-x-768 pixel) native resolution, a pixel pitch of 0.297mm, brightness of 260 nits and contrast ratio of 500:1. It offers viewing angles of 130 degrees horizontal and 115 vertical. It also features built-in stereo speakers and has VGA and DVI-I inputs, though Sharp recommends using the DVI input when viewing 3D graphics.

The LL-151-3D operates using a parallax barrier that divides light from the LCD so different patterns reach your left and right eyes. When centred in front of the screen, you process the different patterns as a three-dimensional image.

The display can switch to 2D using a button that deactivate the parallax barrier, for when you're reading e-mail, surfing the Web or viewing other documents where 3D doesn't have any benefit.

Users who have wanted real stereoscopic 3D on their computer have had three choices up to now: red/blue anaglyph glasses; 3D LCD shutter glasses that require a high refresh rate CRT; or Sharp's own Actius RD3D, a laptop that features a 3D screen.

Sharp adapted the technology used in the Actius RD3D for this new standalone display. The monitor is shipping immediately.