looks like it could be the precursor to real 3d tv, i.e. not that crap we have now with the glasses. well, maybe in fifteen years or so.
This is slightly off topic, but have you seen any news about the Nintendo 3DS? It has 3D without the glasses, but the effect doesn't show up on video like these holographs do. Though, from what I understand from the second video, the true effect of the holographic images don't quite show up on video either.
I'm still not sure how a 3D TV with an effect like these holographs would work. I'm making a lot of assumptions here based on what I saw in the videos, but it seems to me that these holographic images are essentially the same idea as those old baseball cards that would show 3-4 frames of an animation based on the viewing angle. The difference is that these have a lot more "frames" and work in four directions rather than just two. And they're able to render all the "frames" from the 3D CAD (or whatever) model.
Or, in other words, they have potentially hundreds of virtual cameras to take pictures at any angle they want. How are they going to do that with TV and movies? Also keep in mind that the 3D perspective is gained as you
move around (or the screen's angle is rotated), which doesn't happen much in standard TV viewing.
While the guy in the second video did say they have this technology working with moving/real-time video I imagine it only works with fully 3D rendered models, e.g. not films of reality. So I think perhaps Nintendo may be more on the right track when it comes to 3D TVs without the need for glasses.
It sure would be cool to have some holographic panels like these for "faux windows" hanging on the walls.