TCL shows off a virtual holographic TV

Last year, we saw a holographic display that could be used to create a holographic TV. This year, TCL's apparently got one in the wings. Is this the future of TV? (Spoiler: if it is, it's the far future, but it certainly makes today's 3D look silly.)

Again, TCL reps weren't particularly willing to dole out the details on its Virtual Holographic TV, reminding us that it is merely a concept prototype.

What we saw was a glasses-free 3D TV that was about 32-inches (diagonal) sunken about four feet into into a dry wall.

Elements did appear to pop out more than your typical glasses-free 3D TV, but resolution remained relatively low (maybe about 720p?). It's not a true holographic display in the sense that onscreen objects "float" in mid-air, but they do "pop."

I'd even go as far as saying TCL's being a little sensational by calling it a holographic tv. It's more of an advanced glasses-free 3D TV.

Like their Dual Display and Haier's mind-controlled TV concept, the virtual holographic TV is just one look at what the future of TVs will be like.

Posted on location at CES 2012 in Las Vegas.

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