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The HoloAD Diamond Series introduced at Computex, Taipei looks like the future of television -- no glasses required

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.

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By Jellodyne on 6/11/2010 11:38:52 AM , Rating: 4
I've never seen anything like this!

RE: Wow
By Digimonkey on 6/11/2010 12:46:47 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, you might of heard of it if the game would've been any good. It was more of just a demo of the technology.

RE: Wow
By Shatbot on 6/11/2010 3:02:39 PM , Rating: 2
Hey, there's a great bargain at the mall for that 52 gallon tv you've been asking about.

RE: Wow
By CU on 6/11/2010 1:53:24 PM , Rating: 2
I remember that game. The local Putt Putt had one. It was pretty cool to watch. Shame that tech never went any further, it could have saved the arcades from the consoles.

RE: Wow
By Lazarus Dark on 6/11/2010 11:00:50 PM , Rating: 2
Same here, the local Put-Putt had one. It looked kinda cool, and as a 10-12 year old boy it was like, WHOA, THE FUTURE! But I only put quarters in it once... cause the game itself actually sucked.

RE: Wow
By inighthawki on 6/12/2010 11:02:03 AM , Rating: 2
I actually got to play this game at an arcade only a few months back, and quite honestly it wasn't even close to a realistic 3D image. A bunch of optical tricks and a lot of hardware behind the screen was required to pull it off, much different than an actual hologram of any sort.

Teaching Tools and Medicine
By DoeBoy on 6/11/2010 11:15:46 AM , Rating: 1
I think this type of technology would be great for teaching about medicine. Hell to me it looks like it would be great for pharmaceutical companies testing new drugs. If you could see how a drug affects an entire system through this 3d representation I think that it could really help. It is one thing to read things on paper, but with a visual aid as sophisticated as this I think the advantages are tremendous all around.

RE: Teaching Tools and Medicine
By Talcite on 6/11/2010 12:05:34 PM , Rating: 2
Most organic chemists are trained since undergrad to think in 3D. There's also a variety of different notations to represent 3D structures on paper. There's even programs like MOE/PyMOL/Accelrys to handle all of the 3d visualization on a 2D monitor.

Having a 3D display might not be that much of a game changer in this field.

RE: Teaching Tools and Medicine
By DoeBoy on 6/22/2010 9:08:35 AM , Rating: 1
I took organic chemistry and aquatic chemistry. True you make little models and what not of compounds but, its not the same thing as this at all. Being able to see something be manipulated in person live leaves a lot more to be interpreted.

By Ghost42 on 6/11/2010 11:41:50 AM , Rating: 3
Everyone break out your Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch CD's and fire up "Good Vibrations" or maybe even play Micheal Jackson's "Black or White" cuz it's time to party like it's 1991!!

Then head on over to the arcade and play a few games of Sega's "Time Traveler".


By manofhorn on 6/11/2010 12:06:02 PM , Rating: 3
shouldnt the resolution be three dimensional? i assume that if people can walk around the projected images and if the input video has been taken from different perspectives then the output video would be 3d. is the depth pixel count just assumed to be the same as the horizontal pixel count?

yeah stefen... Look out
By Morphine06 on 6/11/2010 11:10:26 AM , Rating: 2
The future is now! Soon every American home will integrate their television, phone and computer. You'll be able to visit the Louvre on one channel, or watch female wrestling on another. You can do your shopping at home, or play Mortal Kombat with a friend from Vietnam. There's no end to the possibilities!

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