Glasses-free 3DTVs sporting 4K resolution don't exactly match up to the everyman's budget. Still, the tech needs to trickle down to the masses somehow and it appears Spatial View's keen to take up that three-dimensional, plebeian mantle. Available today, the outfit's inventively titled 3DeeScreen snaps onto 15.6-inch laptops of the Windows 7 variety to translate ordinary 2D images and video into autostereoscopic eye candy. And, unlike prevailing iterations that depend upon strict viewing zones, this ad hoc implementation can adjust to a viewer's position through the use of eye-tracking software, letting their zombified heads loll about while they tune in and drop out. Of course, if you choose to plunk down $130 for this visual pizzazz, you'll be jonesing for a library of compatible media. Good thing then the company's prepared to scratch that imaginary itch with a planned one-stop hub, dubbed 3DeeCentral, that'll offer up a curated mix of free and paid content. Need to know more? Then peruse the official presser below while you wonder how the other one percent lives.
3DeeScreen Now Available for Purchase
TORONTO, ON, – February 7, 2012 – Spatial View Inc., a pioneer in stereo 3D content delivery and auto-stereoscopic display technologies, today announced that the 3DeeScreen, a lens that enables a person with a standard 15.6" laptop to view 3D content without glasses, is available for purchase.
Once the 3DeeScreen is snapped onto a laptop display, and the software is installed, viewers can watch 3D videos and photos with the included software and blu-ray movies using third party players. The playback uses eye-tracking software to automatically track the user's viewing position and adjust the 3D image projection to maintain optimal viewing quality, reducing the possibility of crosstalk and ghosting.
"One of the issues with glasses-free 3D displays are the discrete viewing zones," noted Insight Media president, Chris Chinnock. "In typical glasses-free displays, users must keep their head very still or experience a blurry transition area while finding the next viewing zone. The Spatial View approach of eye-tracking eliminates these issues by providing a 3D view independent of head position. In addition, one of the big concerns about 3D adoption is the availability of 3D content. 3DeeCentral is solving this problem by aggregating 3D content in an easy to access site that helps consumers find and enjoy 3D content."
The patented rendering technology results in superior 3D image quality and means the user doesn't have to sit motionless in front of the screen or search for the optimal "sweet spot."
"Wearing 3D glasses to view content on portable devices such as laptops is not desirable for users," says Ihor Petelycky, general manager, Spatial View. "However, current glasses-free display technology has not provided the quality and flexibility users expect. Our goal is to provide a superior 3D viewing experience and enable existing laptops with 3D functionality at a reasonable price. With 3DeeScreen, Spatial View has achieved that goal."
The 3DeeScreen includes Spatial View's 3DeeCentral application, which enables a person to access the 3DeeCentral online store of free and pay-for-play content.
In addition, Spatial View provides a software development kit (SDK) so that third party application developers can support the 3DeeScreen. The first adopters of the SDK have been blu-ray software player developers. There is also potential for the use of the 3DeeScreen for 3D visualization including engineering, medicine architecture, and other vertical market applications.
Spatial View's 3DeeScreen is available for US$129.99 from: https://www.spatialview.com/3deescreen or through Amazon. Supported Windows 7 15.6" laptops with 1080p and 720p resolution are Dell and HP, with additional makes and models being supported every month.