The display connects to a Windows-based PC running Sony’s SDK on either Epic’s Unreal Engine 4 or the Unity Engine; it does not support Macs at this time. According to Sony, it is compatible with imagery created in most major digital content creation software, as long as those files can be imported first into either of the two real-time engines.
Sony is working with vendors in a few different industries, including the entertainment segment. Not only does it provide filmmakers with a realistic way to preview character and other designs, but it also enables them to review camera positions and lighting within the environment. For example, Sony recently collaborated with filmmakers from the upcoming Ghostbusters: Afterlife
movie. Director Jason Reitman and Production Designer Francois Audouy gave their hands-on impression on how the device can realize filmmakers’ vision, and how the industry can utilize the device to communicate more efficiently and provide/receive more concise feedback.
“It’s an opportunity to really get on the same page from a design sense, and show a director what you’re intending,” Audouy states in a video on the official Ghostbusters YouTube channel https://ghostbustersnews.com/2021/06/08/new-vignette-showcases-how-sonys-spatial-reality-display-helped-bring-ghostbusters-afterlife-to-life/
. In the video, the filmmakers are seen zooming in and out and rotating imagery on the screen using finger gestures, made possible through the addition of a Leap Motion Controller optical hand tracking module.
Sony also sees lots of potential for its Spatial Reality Display in other industries: car manufacturers designing new vehicles, medical experts planning surgeries, architects showing project details to their clients, and even high-end retailers displaying an extensive product line without having to keep every variation in stock.
The Sony ELF-SR1 Spatial Reality Display retails for just under $5,000. More information about the display can be found at https://electronics.sony.com/spatial-reality-display/p/elfsr1