Japanese company Burton has shown off its latest application of their True 3D Aerial Display – 3D holographic sharks.
Burton claim to be the first company in the world who have created a true 3D moving image that is displayed mid-air and without glasses. At CES, the technology was used to create swimming sharks (mini sharks that is) enclosed in a glass box. The compact display, called Super Real Vision, can be yours for $100,000 so right now it might be cheaper to buy some real sharks.
The technology, which was first shown in November last year, uses a “plasma emission phenomenon near the focal point of focused laser light”. By controlling the position of the focal point in the x, y, and z axes, it displays real 3D images constructed by dot arrays in the air. So far, 50,000 dots per second can be constructed at a frame rate of 10-15 fps, far short the million + pixels of HDTV. The company is working on increasing the frame rates to 24-30 fps and colour displays combining red, green and blue lasers.
Obvious applications are digital signage, trade shows and healthcare according to Burton who are working on more powerful lasers for larger images. The team will be showcasing their latest version at IBC 2012.
The makers of Back to the Future 2 will return to the filming location in just 3 years time to discover how accurate their portrayal of life in 2015 would be – hopefully enough time for that fuzzy green shark to become a full colour giant shark promoting the latest Jaws movie!
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