3D technology for home use has been a flop pretty much every time it has been tried, with the questionable exception of the Nintendo 3DS. But Sony believes it has finally broken the formula with its Space Reality Display, a 15.6-inch 4K monitor that can display 3D videos without the need for glasses. It will go on sale in November for a whopping $ 5,000.
The operating mechanism here is a combination of factors: a lenticular screen (like the 3DS) that can display slightly different images from different angles, and a high-speed vision sensor that tracks the movement of a single user to make adjustments. .
When combined with some advanced software, this allows the screen to adjust its rendering environment to your position at the same time as it adjusts the stereoscopic images for each of your eyes. Translation: move your head in the real world, the 3D environment changes to match.
Obviously, it is more or less impossible to demonstrate the functionality of this on the web, since you are reading this on a conventional 2D screen. Sorry about that.
The applications of spatial reality display are almost entirely limited to the creative and industrial fields at this time. The monitor supports Unreal Engine 4 and Unity, and the Sony SDK will allow you to adapt other 3D content for use. On the more mundane side of things, it includes a standard HDMI port, a USB-C port for data, stereo speakers, and the display panel has 500 nits of lighting.
$ 5,000 will be a lot to ask for when you can achieve broadly similar results with a VR headset, but as a rare proof of concept making its way onto a retail shelf, this thing is encouraging. Also, please wait a minute while I clean up the mortgage paperwork.