Fans of Star Wars and Star Trek no doubt dream of the day when a 3D, 360-degree, on-demand, immersive, digital environment is made a reality for any and all who want it.
We’ve covered how MIT, using a Microsoft Kinect, has created a holographic image replicating the iconic scene from Star Wars where Princess Leia’s cry for help was beamed from the bowels of R2-D2.
In line with that project and the desire for a 3D, 360-degree system, PhysOrg reported on a 3D fog display, but the system lacked the 360-degree experience. Now, new technology from Japan may soon make the dream of a 3D, 360-degree environment, a reality.
Researchers at Osaka University in Japan have created a 3D and 360-degree display projecting images from various angles onto a cylindrical, fog, display.
In doing so, the project provides a combination of multiple-point of view projectors, with the cylinder allowing for a display that is 3D regardless of which side of the object you view it from.
To create the image three projectors are needed, making the project in its present form less than perfect for mass production and consumption.
The Osaka team believes the technology, when perfected, will have mass appeal both in the areas of entertainment and healthcare.
Unfortunately, any joy experienced by those industries and consumers alike will have to wait until the 3D, 360-degree display is more refined.
What do you think of the researcher’s project? If made available to consumers and businesses, would you want one? What real-world application(s) do you envision the project could impact?