3D Holographic Projection

Sony has created a prototype cylindrical Raymodeler 3-D display that‘s 10 inches/27CM tall with a diameter of 5 inches/10cm. RayModeler is what is called an autostereoscopic display. Basically, it’s projecting different images at different angles and because of the parallax, your eyes interpret these different images as a single object with depth, without needing 3D glasses. The display produces a true 3-D image where a different proportionally-correct view is visible from each side of the display. There is even a gesture recognition sensor that allows you to turn the objects inside it to see them from all angles. The RayModeler has a video input that is hooked up to a PC. The video data is supplied from the PC and used to render the object in the display. The image is generated by a graphics processor in real time. The system can show both static and moving images. Moving images are achieved by an eight-camera array that captures live motion in 45-degree slices. Each slices is then married together and 360 different unique images are displayed in one degree intervals by an LED projection source. Although the resolution is low (only 96×120), this technology leaves us open-mouthed. If used in architecture, there will be a revolution in model making. In near future, these projectors can be installed right on site and create a hologram of one’s design. Imagine where you can see your building design on your site and to experience exactly what it is going to look like rather than relying on scaled physical models. This has the potential to be the Holy Grail in architectural modeling.

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