Sony’s New 360° 3D Display and Google Earth?

Two weeks ago, at the Digital Contents Expo in Tokyo, Sony unveiled for the first time a prototype of a 360° 3D display that can be viewed from any direction. It displays pictures of objects that appear with a depth that can be viewed through 360° around the device.

Ryoji Chubachi, Sony’s vice chairman, expects many proposals of applications to pop up and take advantage of the new futuristic technology. Unfortunately, for now, there are no immediate plans for commercialization as they are waiting to test the ideas of the proposed applications and measure how feasible it is for them to put more investment into it.

We can think instantly of two applications that can fit perfectly with this new device:

1. Google Earth: While Google Earth can currently give us a great 3D view of any location around the planet. Imagine how much better it could be if combined with this 360° 3D display?

2. Sony’s new motion control system or Microsoft’s Natal Project: If Nintendo’s Wii motion control had revolutionized the way we interact with our video games, and Microsoft’s Natal promises to push it even further, imagine what it would be like playing a video game around a full 360° 3D environment that detects your motion! It would be the most realistic gaming experience, wouldn’t it? Sony can easily swipe the floor under Nintendo and Microsoft’s feet if they pursue this in the next generation of video games hardware.

Impressed? What do you think of this device? Do you see it being utilized in a useful applications and becoming commercialized?

Comments and Reactions

  • Can't wait to play in a full 360° 3D environment!! I think that I will need to quit my job and just sit at home and enjoy the future!

  • Imagine having 360° 3D display of a dear person who lives abroad?! Today we are happy and content with the web cam, phones, and chat, but it would be so much different with this! It is like having them in real in front of us!

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