At last October’s CES Unveiled Conference, Sony revealed the Spatial Reality Display, their newest project to take 3D to the next level. Think of it like a VR experience, but without the bulky head set.
According to Sony, the display reproduces spatial images in three dimensions as if they were real. With this, it allows you to view said 3D images without the use of special glasses or headsets. It gives the depth, texture, and appearance of an object to feel like it is really there.
Additionally, the company describes the product as being one that allows you to view 3D content naturally and with little stress.
Mike Fasulo, president and Chief Operating Officer of Sony Electronics North America, said that the Spatial Reality Display drives new versatility; it allows users to advance to an entirely new medium and experience for designers and creators everywhere. He also said that Sony is “excited to bring the world’s best technology to bear, moving the design and creation industry forward, particularly as the shift to digital has become so pronounced.”
Companies have already started using the Spatial Reality Display. Automobile company Volkswagen uses it during the design and ideation process, as well as training. Furthermore, Sony Pictures Entertainment utilized the new technology while filming for the latest in the Ghostbusters franchise, Ghostbusters: Afterlife.
What Someone Needs to Use the Display
One thing is for sure certain when it comes to Sony’s Spatial Reality Display: it was not made for the average consumer.
The display runs at a price of $5,000 USD and is available to purchase from Sony’s website. In addition, Sony recommends that in order to run the display, you would need a modern Intel Core i7 CPU or a NVIDIA RTX 2070 Super GPU.
The technology is very reminiscent of earlier efforts put forth to have 3D objects seen without special lenses. For example, the Nintendo 3DS system used their technology to produce stereoscopic 3D effects with compatible games; it also helped to create an augmented reality with its 3D camera. Sadly, Nintendo discontinued the 3DS last year after nine years in production.
Sony Teased Their Spatial Reality Display Before
October wasn’t the first time that the world first learned about this new display, though. At last January’s in-person CES Conference, Sony introduced their Eye-Sensing Light Field Display. This technology consists of a 15.6-inch 4K LCD screen; its high-speed vision sensor tracks eye movement, as well as one’s position as they move around the display.
The Eye-Sensing Light Field Display also uses a micro-optical lens that lays over the LCD screen, which divides it so both eyes can create a stereoscopic image.