3-D Without the Glasses – A new type of display from Microsoft produces multiple images and tracks the viewers’ eyes.

Today’s 3-D movies are far more spectacular than the first ones screened more than 50 years ago, but watching them–both at the movie theater and at home–still means donning a pair of dorky, oversized glasses. Now a new type of lens developed by researchers in Microsoft’s Applied Sciences Group could help make glasses-free 3-D displays more practical.

The new lens, which is thinner at the bottom than at the top, steers light to a viewer’s eyes by switching light-emitting diodes along its bottom edge on and off. Combined with a backlight, this makes it possible to show different images to different viewers, or to create a stereoscopic (3-D) effect by presenting different images to a person’s left and right eye. “What’s so special about this lens is that it allows us to control where the light goes,” says Steven Bathiche, director of Microsoft’s Applied Sciences Group.

3-D technology has seen a renaissance recently. Thanks to the success of movies like Coraline, Up, and Avatar, Hollywood is spending more money than ever to give audiences a stereoscopic experience. And electronics manufacturers are racing to replicate the 3-D theater experience in the home. The market for 3-D-capable televisions is expected to grow from 2.5 million sets shipped in 2010 to 27 million in 2013, according to the research firm DisplaySearch. However, the glasses required to watch 3-D video is a turnoff for many would-be early adopters.

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Shots Fired! Steve Jobs’ Not So-Sneaky Diss Moments

Steve Jobs may seem like a harmless guy, always smiling in his black mock turtleneck. But push him the wrong way and the hate in his blood can turn ether-eal. During last week’s 2010 Digital 8 Conference, Jobs fixed his aim at a number of rival companies, including China’s most-hated (but America’s favorite) search engine, Google. Only this time, he spoke about G’s latest foray into television. He was at his brazen best. Remember the Steve who used to save most of his vitriol for commercials and ads? Yeah, well that went the way of his pancreatic cancer. These days, Steve has no qualms shutting down anyone who even comes near his path to world domination. Just look at some of our favorite recent, not-so-sneaky disses thrown by Mr. iRunThisTechGame…

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