The 3-D pixels use a combination of mirrors and lasers to generate each beam, and TriLite says the angular resolution is so fine that the left eye is presented a different picture than the right. The display is also bright and vivid enough to be effective outdoors, even in bright sunlight, according to TriLite.
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The company's initial disclosures don't appear to address the obvious question - you're going to shoot lasers into my eyes? - and there are some caveats. To experience the 3D effect, viewers must be positioned a certain distance range from the screen, otherwise the image appears in regular 2D. Also, resolution on the current prototype is ... um ... modest: five pixels by three. (That image above is entirely conceptual.)
"We are creating a second prototype, which will display color pictures with a higher resolution," says TriLite's Jörg Reitterer in the project press materials. "But the crucial point is that the individual laser pixels work. Scaling it up to a display with many pixels is not a problem."