In what might sound like a scene from "Minority Report," Pioneer has created a system that lets 3D images appear to float on surfaces such as dashboards.
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Imagine a floating 3D map on a car's dashboard that drivers can interact with by gesturing with their hands. It might sound like a scene lifted from "Minority Report," but Pioneer has developed a new Floating Vision display to deliver a similar capability.
The system utilizes an LCD module to project sharp, 3D-like pictures through a special 3D lens. When combined with infrared sensors, Floating Vision allows users to touch and manipulate objects in real time, as illustrated in the above video clip from the Embedded Systems Expo in Tokyo.
Some applications for this technology include in-car navigation, and Pioneer will be offering this version to companies interested in integrating Floating Vision displays in their products. Another variant, which interfaces with the PC through a USB link, is already available.