Despite the inexorable march of time it seems that 3D remains a gimmick that many people view with a sideways glance, a muttering of “oh, that’s neat” and not much else. 3DTVs arrived with much fanfare but didn’t really change much and with VR around the corner there is arguably more exciting tech to look forward to. Step forward, 3DU, who have created a screen protector that promises to turn your iPhone into a mini-3D cinema: the “Whoosh”.
The key word there is “iPhone”, as it is currently unavailable on Android devices. Whether that’s hardware or software issue (as you need an app to work the protector properly) is currently unknown. The range is limited further, as the protector can only be used with 5c, 5s and 6 models.
If 3DU ever decide to move away from the business of image projection then they have a very viable career in phone accessories, that’s for sure. It says a lot about my priorities that I found the packaging that comes with the Whoosh far more exciting than the product. The container that the protector comes in converts into a mini-workstation, complete with a holder for your phone and a sliding bar that pushes air from the film as it’s applied. The docking station can also be used to cleaning dust from the screen, if you’re so inclined.
Unfortunately, the screen doesn’t immediately start chucking 3D images all over the place. To get it to interface properly you need to download a specific app, which is free on the App Store. Once passing through a fairly simple registration process (tied to an activation key) you’re given the ability to record videos, browse websites and view files using the screen.
Watching content with the screen is similar to the experience you might get watching a movie with 3D glasses on. There is the illusion of depth there for sure, and it can be entertaining to move the phone around to look around objects, but it’s not exactly jumping out of the phone. The app can’t be used vertically, too, restricting your viewing to one perspective. The app’s design is also a little tacky and cheap-looking. When I downloaded it I wondered if I had accidentally chucked some random third party software onto my device.
Coming in at the rather hefty price of £30, it’s hard to see any real use coming out of the Whoosh screen protector. How often do you find yourself wishing you could watch 3D videos on your phone? Your answer probably dictates whether you’ll want this gimmicky gadget or not. Despite its snazzy installation dock, I’m not entirely sure that there is anything really worth the price point. So, unless you’re especially keen on getting 3D on your mobile, I’d give this one a miss.
Whoosh 3D Screen Protector Review
Despite its snazzy installation dock, I’m not entirely sure that there is anything really worth the price point. So, unless you’re especially keen on getting 3D on your mobile, I’d give this one a miss.