A new dimension: 3D you can feel

There is nothing retro about this new 3D technology that takes its name from the cinematic technique developed in the 1950s.

A Japanese research team has broken a new type of barrier by developing the world’s first interactive 3D television system, which permits users to utilize their other senses while watching images floating in front of them.

The technology allows, via cameras that sense direction of movement, viewers to touch, pinch or poke three-dimensional images, which respond to touch by changing form.

“It is the first time that you can feel images in the air…This technology could create a virtual museum where visitors, including vision-impaired people, can put their hands on valuable sculptures that are usually untouchable,” said Norio Nakamura, senior scientist with the research team at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST).