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Has Nintendo set up the future of film? 
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Post Has Nintendo set up the future of film?
So in March, Nintendo will be releasing it's next-generation handheld console, the Nintendo 3DS. The big thing about this device is that it will feature the ability to project 3D images that do not require the special glasses to view, thanks to the technique of autostereoscopy. This technique basically involves projecting separate copies of the image directly into each of the viewer's eyes. The drawback is that it requires the viewer to be at a certain distance to be in the "sweet spot".

I mentioned this upcoming system in another thread, but I thought I'd bring it up here, as I'm wondering if perhaps this technique can be applied to 3D films. The big obstacle of course is expanding the range of the "sweet spot" area to cover an entire theater seating area, but the idea of not having to wear glasses to get the 3D effect is intriguing to me.


Wed Jan 12, 2011 11:05 pm
Post Re: Has Nintendo set up the future of film?
Yeah, the glasses are a total pain in the ass especially if you already wear prescription lenses. Nintendo's technology sounds promising but they're by no means the only company doing this. Toshiba recently demoed a glasses-free "3D" notebook. This one uses the notebook's built-in webcam to track where your eyes are focussed and adapts the picture based on that data. I imagine that Nintendo will be doing something similar.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4114/ces-2011-toshibas-tablet-and-glassesfree-3d

Anyway, all these aren't really 3D in the strictest sense. It's all stereoscopy. That is, everything is 2D but the technology fools our eyes into thinking it's in 3D (this is true for both "3D" that requires glasses and the new kind which doesn't). I'm still waiting on real 3D. That is, the picture is actually three dimensional. So, if you were to pause it you could walk around and look at the image from above or below or...well any angle you'd like. The stuff we have right now is a long, long way from that. We'll get to it eventually though.


Thu Jan 13, 2011 12:22 am
Post Re: Has Nintendo set up the future of film?
Just go to your local holodeck.

Just 3 strips of latinum.


Fri Jan 14, 2011 7:28 pm
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