Fancy owning a 200-inch, 3D-capable display?
60-inches would probably be the largest form factor one would think of when it comes to purchasing a television set, but leave it to the Japanese to outdo themselves just when it seems that 3D technology has reached its peak. After all, what can be more headline-worthy than the fact that a glassless 200-inch 3D display set has just been sported in Japan?
This might be a typical example of humans churning out technological advancements simply for technology's sake, but hey, it cannot be denied that such news can also make for rather interesting reading material at times. After all, with 3D technology slowly worming its way into our daily lives, chances are that it would only be a matter of time before someone or some manufacturer will pull off something like this.
Of course, 3D technology is still far from mainstream, and it would probably take at least another few years before it finally becomes as ubiquitous as the humble LCD television today. But it seems that the technology has just received a major boost in terms of development and advancement, especially when Japan has just managed to pull off a yet another world's first with its new 200-inch display which reportedly sports glassless 3D features.
According to a press release issued by Japan's National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), the key to the 200-inch glassless 3D display set lies in its previous attempt to accomplish a similar feat on a much smaller scale (70 inches). To achieve decent image quality on a display of such dimensions, NICT's researchers opted to ditch conventional glassless 3D implementations with its own algorithm which has been specially designed from ground up.
To compensate for reduced image resolutions, NICT claims that the display had to be capable of solving an issue known as 'strip noise' which occurs between parallax images produced by glassless 3D displays and is affected from "uniformities of brightness and color balance in the parallax images". By "compensating the brightness uniformities and color balance" and making use of special hardware such as diffuser films and condenser lenses, the effects of such noise can be greatly minimized, resulting in significantly larger viewing areas and "more natural motion parallax of 3D images".
Of course, it also goes without saying that NICT does not foresee its technology ever seeing the light of day outside of industrial applications. Indeed, the institute has confirmed that its goal is to refine the research of such display panels up to a point where it can be utilized as a tool for commercial presentations, such as in digital signage and show room displays. And despite what some may think, we are fairly certain that 'industrial use' and 'home theater setups' are two words which are rather unlikely to appear in the same sentence. Well, save for that one.