Sony’s “holographic” display
Movies like Star Wars or any other that has a futuristic edge have shown us on many occasions how great it would be to have holographic screens in the real world. To be able to see people and objects as if we really had them in front of us.
Even so, beyond what these films offer or what we can achieve with the odd little trick, such as the one that allowed with the use of several crystals to simulate something similar using the mobile screen as a projection system, the truth is that there is much work to be done to obtain something similar.
Or not, because Sony already has a new proposal ready to bring a very similar experience to any user. Of course, as long as you are willing to pay the $ 5,000 what will your Spatial Reality Display. But what exactly is this screen. If you like, first a video and then we will comment on it.
As you can see in the video, published by the company itself, we are in front of a screen that offers a 15.6-inch diagonal and 4K resolution (You can check the rest of the features on the Sony website). This a priori would not be striking if it were not because you can take advantage of the use of stereoscopic 3D images to offer or simulate a holographic viewing experience. Something that in turn achieves by using micro lenses that cover the screen to achieve this effect.
Of course, the screen is not the only important thing here. To achieve this experience, the screen also makes use of a camera placed at the top (as if it were a webcam) that helps through a series of algorithms and tracking system of our eyes to rotate the object on the screen and have that 3D experience as particular and striking as the one that can be seen in the images of the video, although we are sure that this does not do justice to the real experience.
Mind you, the camera is limited and can only cover angles of 20 degrees up, 40 degrees down and 25 degrees left and right. For that reason and because of the screen itself, one of the great current limitations is that for now it is only a product that a single person really enjoys. And that brings us to a second limitation or handicap compared to other similar solutions such as virtual reality glasses or Microsoft’s Hololens that would offer a similar experience at a lower price.
However, whoever wants to live a little closer to the future and has the $ 5,000 it will cost this screen will be able to do it. If you dedicate yourself to 3D design, it is likely that you will find much more sense in your daily use. And who knows if these advances that Sony is now making bring the company closer to that dream of many of making the first holographic television.