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Japan develops ‘touchable’ 3D TV tech

By August 26, 2010Newswires

Japan develops ‘touchable’ 3D TV tech

TOKYO: A Japanese research team said it had developed the world’s first 3D television system that allows users to touch, pinch or poke images floating in front of them.

“It is the first time that you can feel images in the air,” said Norio Nakamura, senior scientist with the research team at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology.

“You can have the sense of touch like poking a rubber ball or stretching a sticky rice cake when manipulating images,” he said.

The technology changes the shape of three-dimensional images in response to “touches”, aided by cameras that monitor how the fingers move, Nakamura said.

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