Toshiba Flatbed 3D Display

The 1977 science fiction film Star Wars has a famous scene in which R2D2 and Chewbacca are playing a chess-like game with projected pieces:

(Let the Wookie win)

Toshiba has developed a flatbed 3D display that stand out from the screen, without the use of special glasses.

(From Toshiba 3D Flatbed Display)

It employs an integral imaging system that reproduces light beams similar of those produced by a real object, not its visual representation. This overcomes the main problem with a flatbed display: distance. The difference in the distance from the eye to the center of a display, and from the eye to the display's edges and corners, is greater for a flatbed display than for a standard upright display.

In seeking reproduction of natural 3-D images on the flatbed display, Toshiba developed proprietary software that utilizes 10 or more views of an object (the current prototype takes 12 or 16), either live-action images or CG images, and which processes and reproduces the images in 3-D, with a wide viewing angle. Toshiba also developed middleware and dedicated circuitry that supports fast playback of the images with only a graphics card.

The panel itself has a resolution of 1920 x 1080, but it could decrease to "the level of analog TV," such as 480 x 300 and 480 x 400, depending on the projected stereoscopic image.

Update 15-Oct-2006: Be sure to take a look at the new Interactive Toshiba 3D Display.

Read more at Toshiba develops flatbed 3D display and the press release. Thanks to Yossi Preminger for the tip on this story.

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