Out of the Box

3-D entertainment steps beyond the glasses and headaches

By Devin Powell, 10:34 AM December 1, 2011

Science fiction fans know what a 3-D display ought to look like.

The film Forbidden Planet showed them more than half a century ago. On a distant world once inhabited by an advanced alien civilization, human scientist Dr. Morbius discovers a table that can create holographic videos. He calls up a ghostly projection of his daughter that’s smaller than but other­wise identical to the girl herself.

“Aladdin’s lamp in a physics laboratory,” says an awed spacefarer peering over Morbius’ shoulde...

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