German engineers have developed a technology that will allow people to view 3D movies on TV without using those bulky 3D glasses. Reportedly, the new technology is developed by Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute of Telecommunications at Heinrich-Hertz Institute in Berlin, by converting the existing content in a Blu-ray disc in such a fashion, that enables it to be viewed on autostereoscopic displays.
This is made possible by taking two existing images and generating a depth map which assigns a specific distance from camera to each object. Existing systems are capable of generating such maps at a slower pace.
With this technology real time conversion of the content is made possible. Users can load the Blu-ray disc and watch movies in 3D without glasses. The software which does this conversion has already been developed by the researchers. Now the organisation is planning to associate with industry partners to port it onto a hardware which can be integrated into Television.
3D movies on Blu-ray incorporates two images, one for each eye. Auto stereoscopic displays demand five to ten views of the same frame to present 3D in such a fashion that it can be viewed from different angles. This is to provide the user with a 3D experience irrespective of his position in front of the screen.
Currently, the technology is still on its developmental stages and will take some time before it is made available for consumers. Researchers from the institute are planning to unveil the technology during the IFA trade show which will be hosted at Berlin from August 31 to September 5.