Monday, November 1, 2010

Star Wars Thought It, Sony Made It

“Help me Obi-Wan, you’re my only hope” has been a quote among geeks for fact for over thirty years. Star Wars was such a successful movie because of the abundance of futuristic technology in it, able to excite all types of people. Flying cars, droids, and holograms, seemed so far off. But, in less than one lifetime; they exist. Sony released a new hologram machine (well...not technically, but still), that you could soon be seeing in your living room. They call it a “360-Degree Autostereoscopic Display”. This machine is able to take digital data, and convert it into a picture that can be seen from 360 degrees around.

The way that the Autostereoscopic Display is able to display these images, is through actually displaying 360 images, each with one degree of separation. The models appear to be 3D because your two eyes actually see two different images, giving the model the sense of depth. Sadly though, the machine is only able to display an image at an extremely low quality. But the technology is quickly growing. Sony names tons of uses for a device like this, ranging from gaming, to press conferences. I personally am only interested in the video game aspect of it; and am especially looking forwards to a Star-Wars remake, to hopefully, be released with the display. Because if it isn’t, then that day I'll be out to buy myself a Princess Leia costume...erm... maybe not.

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