Saturday, August 30, 2008

Immersive 3D: 'Please touch' coming soon?

The ability to touch and manipulate 3D images is key to the future of interactive entertainment, not to mention every other episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Now two UC-Santa Barbara researchers say they've built a prototype room-sized 3D display using projectors, a user-tracking system, and two FogScreens, which produce 2D images using microscopic water droplets and ultrasound.


Anonymous said...

First of all, welcome back Mac.

I don't think this method of 3D reproduction is the final answer, but I think it is helpful whenever we can get a glimpse of a dimensional immersion experience.


Mac said...

Hi Michael.

It's nice to be back -- or, more accurately, it *would* be nice to be back if I hadn't picked up a nasty cold.

I agree: this vapor-centric hologram is but a first step, but it's better than nothing.