Get 3D sharks in your house for US$100K

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 that it calls the Aerial 3D Display. It creates a "plasma emission phenomenon" that it says is similar to lightning, while pointing multi-coloured lasers to create dot arrays that move to give the illusion of movement.

Burton's Aerial True 3D display projector uses lasers and dot ionisation to create moving 3D images.
(Credit: Josh Lowensohn/CNET)

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 US$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, which was the original developers of the technology. We got a peek at it from in November last year.

Burton says that 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 above.


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