The $100K way to get 3D sharks in your house

If you've got the means, a company here at CES has come up with technology to project 3D images using lasers and dot ionization.

Burton's Aerial True 3D display projector uses lasers and dot ionization to create moving 3D images.
Burton's Aerial True 3D display projector uses lasers and dot ionization to create moving 3D images. Josh Lowensohn/CNET

LAS VEGAS--Does your home feel empty without 3D sharks swimming around to keep you company?

A Japanese company named Burton (not to be confused with the folks who make outdoor gear) has come up with a glasses-free solution it calls the Aerial 3D Display. It creates a "plasma emission phenomenon" it says is similar to lightning, while pointing multi-colored lasers to create dot arrays that move to give the illusion of movement.

A demo of the technology in its smaller form was running here at CES with 3D sharks, apples, and words projected in 3D that could get to about 8 inches in size. The company has also created a larger version that a company spokesman said could create projections just shy of 10 feet.

Here's the bad news though: the smaller sized unit will run you $100,000. A price was not provided for the larger version.

The prototype is a collaboration with Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology and Keio University, who were the original developers of the technology. We got a peek at it from in November of last year.

Burton says it's working to make the 3D display smaller and more powerful to create larger projections for use in advertising and entertainment products.

Check out a video of it in action below:

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