"We've just begun to understand depth perception in human vision," said an expert in the 3D Consortium booth at the Society for Imaging Display conference in Boston last week. "I think it will be a good fifty years before it's really understood."
I must admit I am a fan of 3D technology for the pure spectacle of it -- I even dragged my family to the 3D screening of The Polar Express last winter. But taking the really long-term perspective, isn't this where display technology is heading? (See New 3D Displays at SID.)
Speaking of understanding the eye-brain system, image sensor systems that simulate human vision are becoming reality. See 'Vision chips' mimic eye, brain functions.
On a related note, the next wave of system-on-chip image sensors, with built-in image processing at the pixel level, promises to transform video and still image capture. These new image sensors can reduce the volume of data, while providing high resolution, through built-in compression. They can perform image analysis too. See Imaging's next wave finds apps.