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Multi-Layer Display Projects on Water Streams

The AquaLux 3D by the Robotics Institute of the Carnegie Mellon University is capable of projecting 3D images—by focusing its image on specific "layers" of water droplets. The research team thinks that their water-based display has the potential to create 3D images that don't require special eyeglasses to fully appreciate.

The system relies on fine computer control, for the water dropper and projector arrays. In fact, the team uses Hertz (Hz)—a unit normally associated with conventional displays—to measure the amount of water released in front of the projectors (30 Hz). With both components working in sync, AquaLux 3D can shine different parts of the 3D composite as a staggered series of planes. When viewed from the front, these planes come together to create the impression of depth.

As a visual medium relying on a continuous stream of water, AquaLux 3D also has some unique interactive potential. At the very least, users can touch the water and affect the image's projection. The researchers say that "we look forward to the day when creative people can fully explore the potential of this display." Unfortunately that's a clear sign that it may be years before we see anything remotely similar to the AquaLux 3D hit the consumer market.

A Multi-Layered Display with Water Drops

  • MxM
    While cool student project, I can not see it being use widely anywhere. Similar techniques were developed in the past, but never left research. The only unique thing about this is that you can put your hand into this screen and get a water splash. So may be it can be used in water parks.
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  • loomis86
    resolution looks horrible.
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  • rpgplayer
    no thanks taking care of fish tanks/swimming pools are a pita enough. could you imagine the maint. this thing would require??
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  • Shadow703793
    Ok, this would be kind of cool if they do this on a thing like Niagara Falls :D
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  • tokenz
    lame
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  • bv90andy
    Hertz (Hz)—a unit normally associated with conventional displays
    what? Hz is a measurement of frequency/second of ANYTHING be it radio-waves,pictures on a screen or anything else...
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  • jeraldjunkmail
    I want one. Make that two.
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  • eyemaster
    I only see this working in a Las Vegas display...
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  • How can a technology site write about technology when the author of these articles does not understand cycles/seconds is denoted as Hz. I mean this is probably one of the most basic fundamentals that kids learn in High School. I understand not everyone is a scientist or a techie, but for a site like this, there has to be a minimum qualification. I would much rather have a link to an article with its title only.
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  • gm0n3y
    anonymous2341234807How can a technology site write about technology when the author of these articles does not understand cycles/seconds is denoted as Hz. I mean this is probably one of the most basic fundamentals that kids learn in High School. I understand not everyone is a scientist or a techie, but for a site like this, there has to be a minimum qualification. I would much rather have a link to an article with its title only.I didn't get the impression that he didn't know what Hertz was.
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