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Watch 3-D Movies at Home, Sans Glasses


Artist's representation of a three-dimensional movie.

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have developed a system that allows users to watch three-dimensional movies at home without having to wear special glasses.

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Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have developed "Home3D," which enables users to watch three-dimensional (3D) movies without wearing special glasses.

Home3D relies on a format compatible with "automultiscopic displays," in which 3D movies are converted from "stereoscopic" to "multiview" video. Instead of showing a pair of images, the screen displays three or more images that simulate what the scene looks like from different perspectives.

Home3D can run in real time using a graphics-processing unit (GPU), which means it could run on certain game consoles.

The team says in the future, Home3D could take the form of a chip that could be put into TVs or media players such as Google's Chromecast.

The algorithms for Home3D also enable users to dial up or down the desired level of 3D for any given movie.

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