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Sony Demo'ing 360 Degree 3-D Tabletop Display 102

Posted by timothy
from the must-stand-in-this-position dept.
JoshuaInNippon writes "Sony announced via a Japanese press release that they will be showing off a prototype of a tabletop 360 degree 3-D display that can be seen in any direction without special glasses at the Digital Content Expo 2009 in Tokyo, from October 22-25. The device is quite small, at just over 10 inches tall and 5 inches in diameter. The display, using LEDs, currently supports an image that is 96 pixels wide by 128 pixels tall, with 24-bit full color. Sony also says it could have a number of applications, such as a digital sign, a digital frame, a medical display, or a virtual pet. Looking at the product image, who else wants to bet on the latter?)"
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Sony Demo'ing 360 Degree 3-D Tabletop Display

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  • by gnick (1211984) on Monday October 19, 2009 @02:08PM (#29797187) Homepage

    Hear hear. I'm assuming that the third dimension is 2, just like every 3-d display I've seen (they ALWAYS tailor these thing for people with only 2 eyes...), but one way or another they need to show different images to each eye. We've done the colored cellophane thing. We've done the shudder thing. We've done the separate display thing. We've done the vertical/horizontal polarization thing. We've done (and are doing for modern movies) the horizontal polarization thing with reversed polarity wave plates in front. The only system I've seen that didn't require glasses required you to stay in one place and stay very still while they use some special method to present different images to each eye.

    360 sounds neat, but I'm having trouble even speculating. WTF are they doing?

  • by fastest fascist (1086001) on Monday October 19, 2009 @02:13PM (#29797257)
    Judging by the shape of the device, I'd say it's done by projecting onto a rapidly rotating surface (mirror?), relying on persistence of vision to create the image. At least I've seen a demo of such a technique before.
  • by ae1294 (1547521) on Monday October 19, 2009 @02:41PM (#29797655) Journal

    This, or something else truly 3D (as opposed to stereo tech), will no doubt be scalable. The problem we have, really, is there is no 3D media. No movies, TV shows, etc. Only computer generated imagery is readily available in 3D at this point.

    Making stereo media is almost trivial. 3D is a whole nuther ball of wax. Highly desirable, but no less difficult for that.

    Ahhh I donno I've seen some 3d porn out on the torrent sites and with the way computers are going it won't be to long before someone writes a conversion program for 2d anyhow. You see the Characters from enough angles most of the time.

    Really I'm just waiting for the "make your own" porn I MEAN movie software.

    1. Select the characters & their mental attributes.
    2. Select the outfits, scenes, etc.
    3. Input story/screenplay.
    4. Do some directing when something goes wrong.
    5. Profit... (There is no ??? or spoon)

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