More Science Fiction tech becomes a reality

I’ve been reading and watching science fiction since I was able to read. Since that time, some (mumble…mumble) years ago, I’ve seen SF tech come to life.

I was in the Air Force when I watched Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin make those first historic human steps on the surface of the moon.  Years later I watched a telecast from a robot showing the surface of Mars. Over the decades, I’ve seen photos of the moons of Jupiter and the rings of Saturn.  In addition, some well respected scientists now believe that Star Trek’s warp drive may be possible.

But there is one bit of technology that has evaded us.  A recurring tech over the decades has been 3D-TV or as it has occasionally been known—Holo-TV.  It even appears on the TV show Bones to recreate faces from a skull.  

Thee-D movies have been around since the 1950s and have had a resurgence in the last decade.  So called three-D TVs have been marketed for a year or so. But all of these implementations have a fatal flaw. They all required special glasses to fool the eye into seeing the appearance of three dimensional scenes.

No more.

Toshiba is about to launch a true 3D-TV that does not require special glasses. You can see true 3D from any angle without any other assistance than human eyes.  The Holo-TV has arrived.   

Aug 24 03:49 AM US/Eastern
Japanese electronics giant Toshiba plans to market the world’s first 3D television that does not need special glasses later this year, a report said on Tuesday.
Toshiba will unveil three models of the television, which will cost several thousand dollars, before Christmas, the Yomiuri Shimbun said.
The company has developed a new system that emits a number of rays of light with various angles from the screen so that viewers can see stereoscopic images without glasses, the daily said. 
“People can enjoy images in three dimensions from various positions and suffer less stress,” it said. 

Japan’s major electronics makers launched 3D television this year, but sales have not been as strong as expected while many customers have complained of being irritated by the glasses.

Yes, the SF Jubilee has arrived. I wonder if I can afford it?          

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