Hollywood Director Predicts 3D Tablets To Arrive Soon
James Cameron, the Hollywood director behind Avatar and Aliens, has predicted that 3D technology will make its way out of cinemas and into the living room – but not in the way you might expect.
Rather than 3D TV screens that require cinema-style 3D glasses to watch, Cameron thinks that it is tablet computers that will bring the new technology into the home and that users won’t need special specs.
Speaking to Australian consumer website Current at the 2012 Australian International Design Awards, the director commented that 3D television is “not progressing as fast as I thought it might”, despite blockbuster films such as Avatar driving consideration for the technology.
Instead, Cameron says that glasses-free 3D tablets will become more popular amongst consumers: “For tablets and laptops, it’s a very straightforward engineering problem to do it, to have good displays without glasses.
“I think the next breakthrough will be something like an iPad that has glasses-free 3D display, and then you’re going to see an avalanche of 3D production”.
In February, tech magazine Stuff reported that Apple has filed a patent for a 3D display. The screen is especially interesting in that includes eye-tracking technology which could bring objects in and out of focus and give them extra depth and shape as the user looks around the screen.