We have been waiting for it for decades and it appears it has finally arrived. Many of us remember the sci-fi movies growing up like Star Wars and Total Recall that had the cool 3D displays personalized to the viewer and wondered to ourselves, when I can get one. It appears the wait is over and we should see 3D displays hitting the streets as early as next year. Walking down the street and having a billboard talk to you directly explaining why you need to see the new movie in theatres or why you have to own the new Chevy will be the new norm. This technology is in the works and it is expected to bleed into the movie theatre experience as well as our TV’s at home. The coolest thing is no more goofy glasses! Here is an article explaining the reality of 3D displays.
Huge ultra-realistic outdoor 3D displays without glasses planned for next year
The boundaries of reality are about to dissolve. – January 19, 2015
“Vienna University of Technology (TU Vienna) physicists have designed a radical autostereoscopic (“glasses-free”) laser display that will send different ultrathin laser beams directly to individual viewers’ eyes, with full sunlight readability. The objective: create a realistic 3D illusion that changes as viewers walk or fly around the virtual object, with up to several thousand 3D viewing zones — each zone displaying a different view.” “Current 3D movies only show two different pictures — one slightly different for each eye. The new display can create hundreds or thousands of pictures — one for each viewing location (or viewer).” “So if you were walking, driving, or flying by the hypothetical display shown above, you would be seeing the leopard from constantly shifting different angles — even different sides. The display is designed to be amazingly bright, so it can be used outdoors, even in bright sunlight. The researchers expect the second prototype to be finished by mid-2015, with commercial launch scheduled for 2016. And yes, existing 3D movies can be converted into the new format, the researchers say.”
Well, there you have it. It looks like us receiving pleas from galactic princesses and timeshare salesmen in the holographic-like form are about to be as ordinary as video chatting through our cell phones. I have a feeling that messaging while driving is about to take on a whole new dimension.