3D technology for home use has been a flop pretty much every time it has been tried, with the debatable exception of the Nintendo 3DS. But Sony believes it has finally cracked the formula with its Spatial Reality Display, a 15.6-inch 4K screen that can display 3D video without the need for glasses. It sells for $ 5,000 in November.
The operating mechanism here is a combination of factors: a lens-shaped screen (like the 3DS) that can display slightly different images at different angles and a high-speed sensor that tracks an individual user’s movement to make adjustments.
Combined with some advanced software, it allows the screen to adjust its display environment to your position while adjusting stereoscopic images for each of your eyes. Translation: move your head in the real world, the 3D environment changes to match.
Obviously, it is more or less impossible to display the functionality of this via the web, since you are reading this on a conventional 2D screen. Sorry for that.
The applications for Spatial Reality Display are almost completely limited to the creative and industrial areas right now. The screen has built-in support for Unreal Engine 4 and Unity, and Sony’s SDK allows you to customize other 3D content to work with it. On the more mundane side of things, it includes a standard HDMI port, a USB-C port for data, stereo speakers and the display panel has 500 nits of lighting.
$ 5,000 will be a lot to ask for when you can achieve largely similar results with a VR headset, but as the rare proof of concept that goes to a retail shelf, this one is encouraging. More, please, just wait a minute for me to arrange the mortgage.
Source: Sony via The Verge