3D football by 2018

We could try to make this stuff up. Or we could tell you that we've just been reading an 89-page document from the Japanese government that details pl

We could try to make this stuff up. Or we could tell you that we've just been reading an 89-page document from the Japanese government that details plans for true three-dimensional television (pictured). The report details plans for football matches filmed by thousands of tiny hi-res cameras beaming what they see to a Subbuteo-type tabletop in your living room. Instead of plastic figures, however, you'll watch projected 3D players. There are even plans to add the sensations of touch and smell, though we'll believe that when we, er, feel and sniff it. Other uses envisaged for the technology include remote doctors, presentations and virtual meetings. According to a Times report yesterday, most of the 'required technologies do not yet exist, or are in extremely early stages of research.'