New 3D technology provides HD quality, says team

Posted by Emma Woollacott

German and Swiss researchers have developed a new type of 3D technology for the home that they claim provides an unprecedentedly high level of picture quality.

Through a Eureka project, scientists at Infitec have developed a 3D LCD flat-screen monitor capable of displaying full HD resolution.

Infitec had previously created a new technology based on the principle of the old red and green glasses. The company’s version uses a narrow color band wave to improve the quality of the image, using specific wavelengths of red, green and blue for the right eye and different wavelengths of the same colors for the left eye.

Infitec has partnered up with Swiss company Optics Balzers, which specializes in 3D filters, and the two combined four light-emitting diode lamps (LEDs) – two green, one red and one blue – to create the color range they needed.

Their demonstrator 23-inch monitor, dubbed Dualplex Display, causes less strain on the eyes than other 3D technologies, they say. The glasses don't darken the ambient light and the screen can be viewed from all angles without distorting the 3D images.

"Viewers will be able to lie down on the sofa to watch the screen, they can turn their heads in any direction and the image won’t change," says Arnold Simon, Infitec chief technical officer.

The partners have applied to patent the screen in Germany and are in the process of submitting patents for other countries.

The team wants to further improve the screen and has secured funding for a follow-up project to brighten its images.

The team’s final goal is to sell its 3D LCD screen for HD to ordinary consumers, but initially the partners think they will find it easier to target niche professional markets such as medical professionals.

Using 3D imaging could help surgeons doing operations, for instance - until now, the 3D imaging was too poor to interest them, says Simon.