3D TVApril 21, 2008 at 2:34 pm | Posted in Media, Movies, Science, Strange, Technology | 6 Comments
You know all those cool visuals you see in movies about the future, where the images float in space in front of the viewer? (well yeah, technically Star Wars is in the past, but you get my drift) Well, its closer than you think and it will evidently put HD to shame. We’re talking 3D images projected off the TV screen into your living room. But no silly glasses. And with shadows and light reflections on your ceiling. Everyone sees the same thing.
The technology is called 3dh. The H standing for HoloSync, in other words holography. Evidently the technology is in manufacturing. Rumors are, some TV shows are being filmed in 3dh this year and Cameron is shooting a flick “Avatar” with 3dh and IMAX. Damn.
Think Gaming. Entertainment. Education. Medical. Video conferencing. Telepresence (thats just live projection) etc etc. 3D Internet?? 3dh describes it as a core technology that can underly products, applications, and services. Its first person perspective, fully immersive. It also avoids the eyestrain issues of prior 3D technologies.
“3D HoloProjectionTM provides the capability to visually remove a physical room and replace it with a created and/or real multi-dimensional visual environment.” Holodeck anyone??
“This means that the screen(s) utilized by the imagery becomes non-perceptible to the viewer(s) and the dimensions of the viewing area, while physically scalable upon initial setup, lose total reference to the viewer(s). This provides for the possibility of producing an “infinite horizon” effect in a closed physical viewing area, or visually constricting the imagery to a tighter visual area than the actual physical viewing area. ” Ooo…. Assuming your room has at least some space not full of furniture.
From their web site:
What can I use to display the 3dh Media on?
* Projector and Screen(s)
* CRT – Standard computer monitor
* LCD computer monitor
* Plasma display
It works with existing technology!
Can I interact with the imagery or objects? Yes. Through the use of our real-time rendering engines, users have the ability to interact with the objects and environment. !!!
It uses 3D Max as middleware. They use standard computers but have proprietary hardware, software, and configuration. They evidently intend to control content, keeping it out of the porn sector. That has pros and cons. No YouTube in 3D (yet) (laughs)
The only images I’ve found are here http://www.3dh.net/pictures.htm They appear to be wearing special glasses, as with the video samples offered. Perhaps as we don’t have the proprietary gear.
Well – I’m going to see a presentation of the technology live in a few hours, so I’ll let you know what I see.