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Sharp Corp. President Mikio Katayama said Monday his company’s multifunctional device allowing users to access e-book content will be sold in autumn, and a model that can project three-dimensional images and videos is likely to be sold next year or later.

“I believe 3-D will catch on for the market of smart phone and tablet computers,” and the firm will package its device to be compatible with 3-D technology without using special eyeglasses, Katayama said in an interview.

Sharp announced in July it will enter the e-book market later this year by launching a device that allows users to access video and audio content in addition to text and still images.

The company aims to roll out the device in the U.S. sometime this year and in emerging economies next fiscal year, according to Katayama, who said the device will also be utilized for other purposes, such as e-commerce.

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