HoloVizio True 3D Display Uses Voxels, No Goggles

HoloVizio may look like yet another 3D screen, but it completely changes the approach to three-dimensional displays using voxels instead of pixels. Each voxel can project multiple light beams—of different intensity and colors—in several directions, simultaneously. This means that anyone standing around the monitor will actually see an object from a different perspective, with no need for goggles or other stereoscopic tricks. The results are impressive, as you can see on the videos.

Right now, Holografika—the manufacturer—has two displays that work with Windows and Linux systems: the HoloVizio 128WLD and HoloVizio 720RC. These screens act like windows, with objects appearing to recede or pop out of the surface. As you move, you can see the object change perspective like any natural object, with no jumps, an effect that is called continuous motion parallax, which is key to achieve true 3D displays.


According to Holografika, there's also no need for head tracking or positioning, so many people can see the objects at the same time, with no discomfort of any kind.

HoloVizio 128WLD

Aspect ratio: 16:9

Screen size: 32" (792 mm) diagonal, 672 mm x 420 mm

3D resolution: 9.8 Mpixel

2D equivalent resolution from one angle: 512 x 320 pixel

Input: 4 x DVI-I or DVI-D monitor cable (single link)

Compatibility: PC & WorkStation

Viewing angle: 50° horizontal

Color: 16 Million (24 bit RGB)

HoloVizio 720RC

Aspect ratio: 16:9

Screen size: 72" (~1800 mm) diagonal. 1600 mm x 900 mm

3D resolution: 34.5 Mpixel

2D equivalent resolution from one angle: 1080 x 600 pixel

Input: Gigabit Ethernet (CAT6) or Infiniband

Compatibility: PC & WorkStation

Viewing angle: 50° – 70° horizontal

Color: 16 Million (24 bit RGB)

The price of each unit is probably the gross domestic product of Costa Rica. [Holografika via GizMag]


Suddenly the battle for who has the best seat in the living room will actually mean something.

Right now they are using computer imaging - which is great for a number of applications, no question. Could be particularly useful for NASA right now given their problems getting their pet on Mars to drop the dirt in the right spot.

Being a selfish bastard, though, one of my first thoughts is how this could be used to display a 3D movie, or whether it ever could? I am also curious about the power use to generate these images, and how it compares to standard screens.

Regardless, this is impressive technology.