At the Nvidia GPU technology conference in San Jose, Micoy is showing off an inflatable bubble that can display a 360 degree movie in 3-D.
I saw one of these inflatable hemispheres at SIGGRAPH a few years ago. Inside of it, Nvidia was projecting a 360 degree NASA movie. They had pillows in there, and soon several people had fallen asleep, one of whom snored. It is a nice piece of technology to take on the road, but I would not expect seeing it showing up in houses anytime soon.
The Laptop Mag Blog has a post about the technology behind it, and even has a video posted, showing how it looked inside.
Current 3D technology seen in theaters–think Avatar–is based on projecting an image to a flat screen. Therefore, there’s a single focusing point (like when you stitch together a bunch of photos to create a panoramic image) and as a result, the 3D draws your eye into the screen; while objects do pop out, having the whole film in front of the screen causes headaches.
By contrast, Micoy’s 3D rendering technology is based on a curved screen with infinite focal points, so when you’re sitting in the theater, images “fill” the space between you and the screen, creating a more immersive 3D experience. Like Nvidia’s and ATI’s 3D technology, Micoy uses active-shutter glasses that flicker at 120-Hz, and cost about $50 per pair.