Philips has revealed an impressive three-dimensional television at its annual presentation of corporate research. The television can show 3D video to the naked eye without the need for special glasses to pull off the effect.
The prototype, called WOWvx, works by combining slightly different angles of the same image to produce video with different depths. Tiny lenses are placed over each of the millions of sub-pixels in the screen which project light at one of nine angles through the front of the display. This process sends slightly different images to the left and right eyes to create the effect and can do so regardless of the angle you’re watching it from.
Philips will initially be selling a 42″ version to retailers who can create 3D ads that will grab the attention of shoppers passing-by. The television cannot take off, however, until sufficient content is developed, so Philips are working on technology for automated 2D to 3D conversion as well as for dedicated 3D creation.
Also at the presentation, Philips showed models of a low-energy water purifier (aimed at developing countries) plus a flat light that until turned on, is transparent like ordinary glass.
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