Philips is showing a remarkable display array at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin this weekend, a screen that not only diagonally measures 132 inches, but can show 3-D pictures without making you wear those annoying glasses. No, it's not a single gigantic flat-panel display — it's nine 42-inch displays placed together on a 3 x 3 grid.
Philips uses what it calls WOWvx 3-D technology to trick your eyes and brain into thinking they're seeing depth within the room-size frame. It's done using a special lenticular lens apparatus sitting atop each of the nine displays, cleverly aided and abetted by sophisticated digital signal processing software and hardware hidden behind the screen.
While it's unquestionably awe-inspiring, this technology isn't exactly practical, at least not yet, because each one of those nine displays runs a cool $12,000 apiece. But we can't think of a better way to drop jaws at a trade show, even if this monster screen costs well over $100,000 a pop.