Whether you like it or not, 3D entertainment is here to stay - for a while at least. Over two dozen movies are set to hit theaters in 3D this year - and television has begun its own transition as well. The real question on developers' minds is how to get rid of those clunky glasses. We've heard of 3D TVs that don't require glasses, but Francois Vogel and Jonathan Post may have come up with a new technology that's a bit... different from what other companies are doing.
The problem with their new no-glasses 3D device is that it looks extremely dangerous. I don't claim to be a doctor, but I watched this with a med-school student who called it "insanely unsafe." It's difficult to think otherwise, as the device forces your eyelids to replicate the rapid shutter rate that 3D glasses create to show 3D imagery.
The device seems like something Edward Nigma of Batman Forever would make. While some question the validity of the invention (is it a hoax, attempting to go viral?), it seems perfectly plausible. The safety is what should be under question. From a common sense perspective one must assume that the rapid rate of blinking cannot be safe. The video only shows a test for a short period of time, but what happens if your eyes were to blink like that for a 90-minute movie?
We don't know for sure, but let's consider it is a hoax. 3D without glasses is a technology we are trying to perfect, but it's safe to say this approach wouldn't be the answer. One thing we can say is this is the coolest representation of the future of 3D we've seen to date.
Developers have been pouring money into research to create the most efficient way to watch 3D entertainment. Television companies are one-upping the competition with bigger and better televisions every month, and even the fashion industry has taken a stab at 3D glasses.
While eliminating glasses is the obvious next step for 3D, the film industry might want to work on improving the quality of its 3D first. I would much rather wear glasses for great 3D like Avatar than no glasses for weak post-conversion 3D like Clash of the Titans.
What do you think - is this a hoax or a serious attemp? According to Cinematical, thiz technology might be unveiled at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (although they're not sure if it's a hoax, either).