SpaceTable™ – Glasses-Free 3D

Signet's latest endeavor is the radically new SpaceTable™ - Our Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor, Dr. Barry G. Blundell's visionary transdisciplinary R+D into the next generation of glasses-free (autostereoscopic) display and advanced interaction systems.



A conceptual impression as to the possible form of the SpaceTable™ - [CAD imaging from BBC set]

SpaceTable™ is an interactive, multi-user autostereoscopic portal – dynamically linking real and virtual worlds through the intelligent integration of glasses-free 3D technologies, Internet connectivity, interaction tools, advanced sensory systems and appropriate content.

It is designed to provide a novel, high impact environment capable of significantly advancing multiple applications.

SpaceTable™ is an indicative example of Dr. Blundell’s current research:

All too often 3D has been viewed as a natural extension of 2D. The reality is that 3D is much more complex and to really capitalise on it, we need to throw away ingrained ideas about image depiction on the 2D screen.”

The SpaceTable™ glasses-free 3D interactive display technology supports full motion parallax (3D-FP) viewing. Meaning, the SpaceTable will allow users to change viewing positions and view the image scene from a different orientation and perspective, as in the real world. 


General Characteristics

SpaceTable™ is an symptomatic example of Professor Blundell’s current research. SpaceTable™ is designed to provide a novel, high impact environment with the capacity to significantly advance multiple applications. Characteristics include:

√ Glasses free

√ Full support for motion parallax which is the displacement in the apparent position of an object viewed along two different lines of sight

√ Support for multiple simultaneous viewers

√ Environment/audience awareness, adaptation and response

√ Supports the ‘God’s eye’ (3rd person) view

√ Minimization of visual stress– full partnership with our sense of sight

√ Supporting innovative forms of interactive 3D

√ Scalable technology

√ Promotion and highly more advanced method of social/team interaction

√ Capacity to operate across multiple applications

√ Emphasising spatial, geometric and dynamic image characteristics

√ Internet connectivity

√ Sound ergonomic, comfort and, functional design benefits which allow viewers to interact most efficiently.

Professor Blundell points out: ‘SpaceTable 3D is not simply an extension of 2D – nor does it compete with the 2D screen. Its philosophy and architecture draws upon my background as a physicist and engineer experienced in the theory, design, implementation and application of glasses-free 3D technologies’.


Using SpaceTable™

There is multi-application potential for SpaceTable™ Technology, ranging from science, industry, medicine and entertainment to engineering, sporting events, and the creative arts. Visualization is a powerful tool in any business or creative endeavor. Industrialists to architects may utilize the SpaceTable™ for “real world” presentations for clients, vendors, staff or training. Engineers and artists may manipulate and prepare their designs for rapid prototyping such as 3D printing. Physical therapists and sports trainers may capture body movement for diagnostics and conditioning. Educators may present epochs in history, science and the arts. Physicians may diagnose and assess injuries, ailments and diseases and what is more: physicians may now email, Skype and communicate in real-time consulting with other professional’s miles and countries away utilizing the Space Table. Motion picture exhibitors will be able to offer a “home entertainment” type ambiance in their theaters that provide a more dramatic and wide-ranging experience.