In addition to making high-end game consoles and world-class image sensors, Sony is also working hard on the display technology of its devices. The Tokyo-based tech giant has worked with 3D visual technology to integrate into its devices. So now, they’ve developed a unique monitor that allows viewers to see holographic models in 3D space without using bulky AR or VR headsets.
Nicknamed “Spatial Reality Display” or “SR Display”, this 3D monitor is a unique product from Sony. The company showcased the product at CES 2020 in January when things were normal. However, for those who missed it, the company will be demonstrating the display on October 22 at an online event.
A 3D monitor with a prism-like design
Now the SR display from the front looks like a regular display with a tilted design. However, if you look at it from the side, you will see a physical design similar to a prism which contains all the advanced technologies to create 3D visual experiences for the viewers.
It comes with a 15.6 inch 4K LCD screen to display 3D models. In addition, the SR Display packs a high speed vision sensor and micro-optical lens, both of which are key parts of the monitor that allow it to do what it does.
How it works?
Now, Sony’s new 3D display works as follows: it follows the eye movements, as well as the physical movements, of the viewer in real time using the high speed visual sensor. Then, it uses the micro-optical lens, which is integrated as a layer on the LCD screen, to separate the screen for each of the viewer’s eyes. This creates a stereoscopic image of the content for the viewer to view in 3D.
Sony also recently released an official video on the SR Display. In the video, you can see various creative people such as designers and filmmakers talking about how Sony’s new display helps them look at 3D models of objects and CGI effects in a whole new way. You can watch the video here:
Strong PC for a strong monitor
Now keep in mind that the 3D monitor produces two distinct 2K images to compete with the constant eye movements of the viewers, it requires the support of a fairly powerful computer system. According to Sony, the minimum system requirements for this monitor are an Intel Core i7-9700K running at 3.6 GHz or faster and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super.
However, given its user base, I think most of them already have much higher end setups for working on complex 3D models and designs. So, the Sony Space Reality Display would be perfect for creative minds working as designers, architects and filmmakers.
Now, since this is a novelty product and is made for the professional sector, the price, as you can imagine, is not in the low end. So if you wanna get your hands on that bad boy you gotta pay up to $ 5,000 (~ Rs 3.7 lakhs). And Sony says it will start delivering orders from next month.