Japanese technology and communication company NTT DoCoMo has announced last Friday that it has managed to co develop a portable, seven inch 3D display system that can manage to project 3D images without the use of special glasses from an offset viewing angle.The new research, which was performed in partnership with Associate Professor Yasuhiro Takagi of Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, is going to be applied to applications like high resolution games as well as shopping.
The new system, which lets 3D images to be viewed within a 60 degree horizontal angle and a 30 degree vertical angle will generate the image based on the viewer’s position relative to the screen, according to NTT DoCoMo. This will be done using a camera that is embedded in the display’s LCD screen. This new system will find out where the viewer is located and then project 3D images through a lenticular lens that is attached to the front of the screen. What results is a viewer actually seeing an object that would appear to leap out from the screen.
Actually, there have been several other prototypes of 3D displays that have been developed before and most of them actually require users to be positioned in a fixed location in order for them to see the full 3D effect, and even then the so called sweet spot to see the most optimum image is quite small.
It will be interesting to watch how this new technology will develop and whether it will actually be picked up for an actual commercial application.
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