When thinking of fully immersive 3-D gaming and films, glasses are synonymous for getting the complete experience. For example, Sony is in the process of launching its first 3-D television in June and of course, active shutter glasses are required.
But, as it relates to the future of television watching, there is a new product on the scene that does away with the need for glasses entirely and could help viewers see things in a whole new way. As the 3-D television market continues to expand, the industry may model future home theaters after a new product being rolled out by InnoVision that is reminiscent of the technology seen in "Star Trek" or "Star Wars".
While a user can't "feel" or "touch" matter the way that a member of Star Fleet might in Star Trek, those who watch the pyramid-shaped InnoVision HoloAd Diamond Series Projector can walk around the display to see its special effects. It uses three displays and reflecting glass plates that are strategically placed to give viewers a look at the moving video -- comprised of multiple objects from multiple perspectives. Objects can even change shape. A similar image that comes to mind is Princess Leia's virtual message in “Star Wars”.
We are still years away from that kind of technology, of course, but what InnoVision has come up with may suffice in the meantime. The HoloAd Diamond Series Projector is a plug-and-play device and uses a USB flash drive for storage (it can accept Flash video files for playback). The projector doesn't have to be plugged into a computer and there is also no special software required.
The projector TV is not just for show as a design concept; it is now available for shipping in two sizes. The DS3 Queen Model is 17 inches tall, weighs 35 pounds, has a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels and draws 200 watts of power. The DS3 King model is over 200 pounds, is over 45 inches tall, has a resolution of about 1,280 x 1,024 pixels, and draws 450 watts.
The price tag for the The HoloAD Diamond Series is currently unavailable.