Glasses-free 3D displays is one of those fleetingly cool technologies that just never took off – but there are still companies out there trying to mainstream the tech in digital signage.
Stream TV has done some recent public installations in the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and at several locations of the Stellar International Cineplex chain of movie theaters in Shanghai and Beijing. It also also says there are high profile locations with strategic partners in Europe in the works.
“Advertisers and network operators see how Ultra-D engages viewers, increases dwell time, and enhances product recall,” reasons Stream TV CEO Mathu Rajan.
I dunno. I’ve seen glasses-free 3D screens in trade show booths for most of the last decade, and rarely – actually never – seen them outside of a convention center exhibit hall. I know it has happened, of course, but the retailers and brands who would seem the prime buying audience for this tech have evidently reacted with a big shrug.
Yes, there is a certain Wow Factor to a set of ski tips damn near poking your eye out when you look at a screen. But it’s a gimmick. The Wow tends to be short-lived. And very, very little 3D material is made outside of Hollywood, and even that seems to be on a big decline. The big TV guys have all but bailed on 3D.
There’s probably a job out there that cracked the creative code and is doing 3D in a way that really works. But looking at this install (pic above) in Taiwan, I really doubt this is it.