Cupertino-based computer giant Apple has been awarded a patent for a glasses-free 3D projection system that through ‘auto-stereoscopic’ technologies would allow users to view 3D content from any viewing angle.
The patent, known simply as the “three-dimensional display system” intends to offer: “highly effective, practical, efficient, uncomplicated and inexpensive auto-stereoscopic 3D displays that allow the observer complete and unencumbered freedom of movement.”
With 3D technologies continuing to rise in popularity and availability, it is unsurprising that Apple would target such a market and would want to further the technology’s development by removing the limiting and cumbersome 3D glasses that are currently necessary.
The patented technology would according to Apple use a special reflective screen featuring a rippled texture which will create the auto-stereoscopic projection system. It goes on to claim that multiple images could be projected to different points on the rippled surface allowing multiple users to view the same footage from multiple positions simultaneously.