3D TV is on the Verge of Becoming Reality

3 Jul ’05

The NYT writes this weekend on the state of play in 3D TV technology, and reports that the technology is close to ready for commercialization. The article offers some tantalizing insights into the possibilities for the technology:

In a nondescript optics lab in tucked into an anonymous office park in the San Fernando Valley, the photon hackers of Deep Light are showing me the future of media. The object of their affection is a small screen on which an animated gladiator is clashing scimitars with a horned monster in a Coliseum-like setting. But this isn’t a flat cartoon image: it’s full 3-D space, the combatants circling each other inches from my eyes so convincingly that my hand twinges to grab them – and I’m not wearing those clunky red-and-blue cardboard glasses, either. I’m seeing a 3-D image with the naked eye. My host, Deep Light’s co-founder Dan Mapes, bounces on his heels, giggling with delight. “It’s cool, isn’t it?”

Yeah, it’s cool.

Ordinary TV sets deliver 500 lines of resolution. Most high-definition screens reach 1,050. The HD3D hits 1,280 lines and counting – which means better picture quality than that of any TV available today, all in a convincing impression of the third dimension. And here’s the seriously trippy part about the new screen, which Deep Light plans to introduce at next winter’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas: multiple “blades” of video enable one screen to show different programs to different viewers, at the same time.

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