A team up including MIT‘s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL), along with Weizmann Institute of Science has resulted in a new approach to watching 3D content in theaters without the pesky need of glasses.
The idea is to use a series of 50 sets of lenses and mirrors behind the projection screen to create unique views from multiple angles, creating a 3D experience for every viewer in the audience, regardless of what seat they reside in.
The new process has been titled “Cinema 3D” and opens new windows to where we are headed in 3D technology. Of course, given the size of construction (and cost) to make it happen, it may not find its way into your local theater so quickly. Plus, there is the fact that it is still a prototype. However, it does at least show that scientists (and students) are hard at work to better what we currently have and seek to throw away those glasses sooner than later.
Now if only we can figure out a holographic approach to 3D without reverting back to glasses when the time comes (ie, without every movie goer having to wear a HoloLens). We would definitely have to throw a shout-out to Back to the Future when that time comes. For now, this is a pleasant relief to know that glasses could be a thing of the past soon.