Sony designs 360° 3D TV
'Obi-Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope...'
With so many firms jumping on the 3D TV bandwagon, Sony has obviously felt compelled to push the envelope further still. So it has developed a 360° 3D display.
Confused by the term? You shouldn’t be, because the prototype display is essentially a tube-shaped unit able to show a 3D image to anyone looking at it from – presumably - a face-on angle.
Sony's 360° 3D display could be used for videocalls
It isn’t yet clear if all viewers all see the side of the 3D image, irrespective of their viewing angle, or if you see a different side of the image depending on how you're facing it.
The display also works without glasses, Sony claimed. In its current form, the 13cm wide by 27cm high unit can display images in 24-bit colour.
Research and development into the screen’s capabilities is still ongoing, Sony said. But the electronics giant believes that the 3D tube could potentially be used as a 3D photo frame or adapted as a new take on the videophone.
Sony has prepared a demonstration video about the 3D tube, but won’t release it until 22 October – the first day of the Digital Contents Expo 2009 show in Tokyo. ®
3D TV needs pr0n
Without the porn industry on-board, 3D TV will never succeed.
Once there's a load of boobs and arse to view in 3D then it'll take off and be a worthy investment.
@ '@Matthew17' AND 'A Little Late'
"We'd all be enjoying Cheryl Cole on xfactor a hell of alot more than we already do!" - yeah, I was enjoying Cheryl Cole right up to the point the talentless bint opened her damn mouth to sing! I'd rather listen to Simon Cowell recite the phone book. In Brum!
The video game was called Time Traveler and was marketed as the World's First Holographic Game (or something). It was done by the same bloke who did Dragon's Lair (Rick Dyer - I think) and used a big curved mirror and a TV screen behind some smoked glass. There was a spin-off IIRC which was like Barbarian, but not as good.
Tony Humphreys / Anthony Shortland
Sega's Time Traveler
For your reading pleasure.
I now guess that it's an OLED display with a lens array in front of it so the image is only visible from a narrow range of directions. That way you could display a different image for each direction. You could also easily feed it from cameras. Either by putting dozends of cameras around your subject or by putting fewer cameras and interpolating.
@A little late
Yes there was an arcade game like this - I was going to post the same thing.
No idea how it worked but I remember being extremely impressed at the time. No idea why the technology didnt catch on.