Interactive 3D Display: Its Here!

3d Display Story by Asim Waqar

Originally mentioned at Gizmodo as a prototype in 2003, IO2 Technology has just completed the production unit and provided the details behind the revolutionary HelioDisplay which produces interactive 3D dsiplays in thin air (via lasers) from common sources.

The HelioDisplay technology page lists some of its remarkable features:

  • Inputs from most regular sources: PC,TV, DVD, HDTV, Video game consoles
  • Projects a 22″ to 42″ (depending on model) diagonal image that floats above the device
  • It is interactive, like a virtual touch screen: a hand or finger can act as a mouse
  • Although the HelioDisplay uses lasers, the images are not holographic
  • Possible uses for this product include advertising, entertainment facilities, design prototyping, teleconferencing etc. Obviously the applications for such a product are endless. Most importantly it may convince my wife to finally allow the purchase of the Brooke Burke Swimsuit calendar for testing purposes! This of course relies heavily on pricing (TBD) and other more, um, personal matters.

    Apparently the product is ready for release; visit the product page here which looks like its being updated right now.

    Visit the IO2TECHNOLOGY company homepage here.

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    26 thoughts on “Interactive 3D Display: Its Here!”

    1. well if it looks 3d then that is enough, ignorance is bliss. but if you are using your finger for a mouse wont you be less then a couple of feet away. I REALLY want to see one of these things.

    2. Well, since it’s only 2D, it’s “DirectX compatable” from the begining…

      Not that it’s not a really cool thing, but it sure isn’t 3D…

      But add headtracking to it, and it could probably be pretty dam impressive substitute for true 3D-displays, allthough only for one person at a time.

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