3DIcon, a developer of 3D projection display technologies, won the Oklahoma Applied Research Support (OARS). As the winner, they received a grant of $300,000. They will use the funds to support the development of their first Product Platform which will be the basis for a family of products based on the CSpace volumetric 3D display technology.
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Poppy is a new Kickstarter project that aims to trn the iPhone into a 3D viewer and 3D video capture device. It's a simple device that does not contain any electronics (only several lenses and mirrors) and it will cost just $49.
The project already reached its goal of raising $40,000 (with 23 days to go, they raised $57,000 already).
MIT Researchers managed to build cheap holographic display using a consumer PC with high-end graphic cards. Current holographic hardware use liquid crystals and micro-mechanical hardware that physically alters its configuration, and this technology is high cost, has low bandwith and suffers from poor images. The new technology offers full-color imaging, is low-cost and can be used with any light source.
The new technology uses an array of devices called anisotropic leaky-mode couplers, which act as waveguides for light while allowing the light that is travelling through them to be manipulated. When exposed to radio-frequency radiation, the hardware will form acoustic waves that alter the light travelling through them. This allows each coupler to rapidly alter the timing and direction of the light it emits in response to changes in the radio waves. By placing a number of them in close proximity, it's possible to get the light they emit to interfere (creating a hologram) and then change this hologram simply by altering the radio frequencies.
There are reports that Amazon is working on several Android smartphones. One of these "Kindle Phones" will sport a glasses-free 3D display. Reportedly it will use eye tracking to enable hologram like visuals.
If everything works according to plan, the first such Kindle Phone (maybe not the 3D one) will be announced soon, within the coming months. This is just a rumor currently, but an interesting one...
UK 3D solutions company, Stereoscape is going to launch Dimenco's 50" 4K (3840 x 2160) glasses-free displays in the UK on April 16. Stereoscape will aim towards visual communications and experiential marketing applications.