zSpace 3D display
By Steve Morris, 20 Dec 2012
Think you know all about 3D displays? Think again. A company called Infinite Z has developed a revolutionary virtual-holographic technology that is set to transform the world of 3D displays and the way we interact with them.
According to Infinite Z, zSpace is a "revolutionary, immersive, interactive 3D environment for computing, creating, communication and entertainment." That's the hype, but what exactly is it?
The zSpace system consists of a display screen, a pair of lightweight polarised passive 3D glasses and a special stylus for controlling motion in 3D.
Like in current 3D displays used in cinema screens and 3D TVs, objects appear to float in three-dimensional space in front of the screen. But unlike these simple 3D scenes, with a zSpace system you can move an object around in space, rotating it and viewing it from different angles, just as you can with a real physical object. You can even move your head around to visualise details from every angle. By contrast with conventional 3D displays, the virtual objects displayed by zSpace appear to have true depth and volume and appear realistically solid. You can zoom in on objects and view them from the inside as well.
Infinite Z describes the 3D objects viewed using the display as virtual-holographic objects and claims that you cannot tell a real object from its virtual-holographic twin. The fact that you can interact directly with these virtual objects adds a compelling realism and a whole new world of interaction.
Currently a 24 inch 1080p HD LCD display is available that will connect to a PC, although the price for this is several thousand dollars. If the technology takes off and mainstream applications appear, you can expect the cost of this device to fall, and zSpace displays might one day become commonplace in PCs, tablets and even smartphones.
Here at S21, we're already imagining a world of virtual hologram video chat appearing in the next few years. Time to get that Sith Lord costume dry-cleaned and start putting our plans for galactic domination into action! Mwah, ha ha!
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