SAN DIEGO, CA — Sony Electronics Inc. has unveiled the Spatial Reality Display (SR Display), a groundbreaking new product made with Sony’s award-winning Eye-Sensing Light Field Display (ELFD) technology.
The display, initially shared with attendees at the Consumer Electronics Show in January of this year, does not require virtual reality glasses or a headset. The SR Display enables creators across a variety of industries, from automotive and industrial design, to CG and VFX designers and creators in film to bring ideas to life in stunning 3D displays.
Using spatial reality to combine the virtual and physical world, the Spatial Reality Display creates a 3D optical experience that is viewable to the naked eye. This is made possible by several technologies:
High-speed Vision Sensor – The SR Display is based an innovative high-speed vision sensor which follows exact eye position in space, on vertical, horizontal and depth axes simultaneously. The display monitors eye movement down to the millisecond, while rendering the image instantaneously, based on the location and position of the viewer’s eyes. This allows creators to interact with their designs in a highly-realistic virtual, 3D environment, from any angle without glasses.
Real-time Rendering Algorithm – Additionally, the SR Display leverages an original processing algorithm to display content in real-time. This allows the stereoscopic image to appear as smooth as real life, even if the viewer moves around.
Micro Optical Lens – The micro optical lens is positioned precisely over the stunning 15.6 inches (diag.) LCD display. This lens divides the image into the left and right eyes allowing for stereoscopic viewing with just the naked eye.
Sony’s dedicated SDK makes it easy for designers to create content for the SR Display. The SDK is compatible with industry-standard tools Unity and Unreal Engine, so creators can work within an already-familiar production environment, and can be used to develop interactive applications in gaming, VR, construction, and automotive design.
The SR Display has a suggested retail price of just under $5000 USD. It will be available to order on Sony’s direct e-commerce site and other retailers in November.