The developers at the Technical University of Dresden have finished work on a prototype three-dimensional computer monitor that they say puts them a few steps ahead of Japanese competitors, including Sanyo Electric Co Ltd. According to chief developer Holger Heidrich, the monitor is unique because it relies of mirrors and prisms to create a three-dimensional effect. He described it as based on concepts superior to those of the competition, but admitted that no company has teamed up with the university to bring the product to market. But Heidrich hasn’t let that hold the tests back. He has applied for and received state funding to continue development. The monitor, which uses common components and ordinary liquid crystal diode display technology, is 10.4 in diagonal. Heidrich and a handful of technicians have so far spent two years on the project and have patented their results. The monitor produces the same type of three-dimensional effects as a virtual reality headset does. Heidrich, however, said the monitor best suited the needs of manufacturing and design companies.
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