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It is my understanding that it is possible to create a monitor type computer image on what is essentially a pane of glass. Monitors of this type are being incorporated into glasses (shades of "Snowcrash!"). I propose that see through monitors could be used to make a fine 3d simulation.
The 3d display
would be a stack of these monitors. The image would actually _be_ 3d, with the various parts rendered by successively deeper screens.
One version of a multi-layer concept. [Freefall, Jun 24 2005]
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||Could be good for some applications
(giving a third dimension in which to
stack things), but I don't think you
could simulate solid 3-D shapes or
continuous 3-D motion without a lot
(hundred?) of layers.
||simulated shading on 5 layers would look really good and more pronounced then conventional monitors
||I remember, once upon a time in a UFO exhibit in Minnesota, a cubic grid of light bulbs that was probably somewhere between 16x16x16 and 32x32x32. This would have been in the late 1970's or very early 1980's. Anyone remember anything like that? Even 16x16x16 would be a pretty substantial number of light bulbs and I'm pretty certain it was bigger than that.