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SENSIO Launches 3DGO! on LG's 3D Televisions
3D-News Posted: Friday, January 2, 2015 (9:18 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


SENSIO Technologies Inc. announced that pursuant to the agreement originally announced on July 8th, 3DGO!™ is available since December 24th in the U.S. on connected LG CINEMA 3D TVs. The application is currently offered through LG's WebOS platform.

LG is the world's biggest manufacturer of 3D TVs based on FPR technology (using polarized glasses similar to those used in movie theatres) and has one of the largest sales volumes in the market.

"We're thrilled to announce this highly anticipated launch with LG, the third major manufacturer to offer 3DGO!™ on its connected 3D TVs," said Nicholas Routhier, SENSIO's President and CEO. "This launch comes in time for the 2014 Holidays, traditionally the busiest season for 3D content rentals, and we are very happy with LG's cooperation which made this quick launch possible. With this deployment, we have achieved an important milestone in our 3DGO!™ development plan as our North American addressable 3D TV has reached a critical mass allowing us to roll-out an expanded marketing campaign. From this point on we will resolutely be focusing on recruiting new users and we're very enthusiastic at this prospect."

3DGO!™ is the world's first and only dedicated 3D transactional VOD service offering the largest selection of high-quality 3D content, including some of the latest 3D Hollywood blockbuster titles, via internet streaming to 3D smart devices. The application offers consumers quick and easy access to an ever-growing library of varied 3D content which SENSIO is committed to continue developing. Neither subscription nor additional playback equipment is required making it a simple, inexpensive and ideal way to watch 3D in the home. 3DGO! uses the award-winning SENSIO® Hi-Fi 3D technology, a unique frame-compatible technology providing high-fidelity stereoscopic images while using conventional 2D channels. The application is currently available in the US on select 3DTVs. For a list of compatible devices and available movies, please visit http://www.3dgo.com

Konka Commits To Glasses-Free 3D By Stream TV
3D-News Posted: Friday, January 2, 2015 (9:17 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Stream TV Networks announced that Konka® Group Co. Ltd. has committed to Stream TV's Ultra-D™ Glasses-Free 3D technology for its television product line in 2015. As one of the world's top television brands and a key consumer electronics force in China, Konka's adoption gives Stream TV a significant boost in its growing presence in Asia and beyond.

The cooperation between the companies is the result of a year-long business development that began when Konka first trial tested viewer response to Ultra-D at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show. At CES next month Konka returns with the production-ready 65" Glasses-Free 4K 3D display with never-before-seen pop and depth.

"Last year they were the number 12 TV brand in the world and now they're number 9," says Stream TV CEO Mathu Rajan. "We are honored to have a rising star like Konka committed to our glasses-free 3D technology and are excited that they will be showcasing the amazing new 65" screen at CES."

Konka will be showcasing Glasses-Free 3D at CES from January 6-9, 2015 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Central Hall, Booth 15038.

Built on 4K panel technology, Ultra-D is the only Glasses-Free 3D solution that delivers both stunning images and content conversion from any 2D or 3D source. Patented hardware, middleware and sophisticated-software algorithms visually transport viewers into an unrivaled real-world 3D experience with adjustable depth that consumers can customize to their liking.

Toshiba Develops Glasses-Free Ultrahigh-Definition 2D/3D Switching Display
3D-News Posted: Friday, January 2, 2015 (9:17 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Toshiba Corp. announced it has developed a new technology for 3D displays that do not require users to wear dedicated 3D glasses. The technology uses a low-crosstalk, high-definition LCD GRIN lens with a 15-inch 4K LCD panel. The portable, compact display can be switched between 3D mode with high-definition resolution and 2D mode with ultrahigh-definition 4K resolution. The company said the new liquid crystal GRIN lens system suffers no degradation in image brightness in 3D mode and no deterioration of image quality in 2D mode.

Toshiba will unveil the technology and the new display at the "2015 International Consumer Electronics Show" that will be held in Las Vegas from January 6-9, 2015.

Lockheed Martin Adopts 3D Visualisation
3D-News Posted: Friday, January 2, 2015 (9:17 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Lockheed Martin has recently installed a Virtalis ActiveWall in the UK. This system has been used in a major Land Vehicle Programme review. Lockheed Martin is a leader in systems integration and high technology products and services within its core aerospace and defence markets.

Ryan Neal, a research engineer at Lockheed Martin, explained: "Our customer, the UK’s Ministry of Defence, as well as our engineers and business development people, was able to prove-out views of the 3D model through visualisation. This meant that, instead of producing detailed performance reports over several months, we were able to view a 3D mock-up of the model using Virtalis’ Visionary Render. In effect, words were replaced with interactive 3D pictures."

As a result of the successful introduction of advanced 3D visualisation technology to an extremely tight deadline, Ryan Neal was nominated for and won the prestigious Lockheed Martin Vector Award for Innovation. The award was presented at the Lockheed Martin UK Leadership Conference by Lockheed Martin UK Chief Executive, Stephen Ball.

Lockheed Martin has been an early adopter of Visionary Render software, which has only been commercially available since the beginning of this year. Visionary Render allows users to access and experience a real-time, interactive and immersive VR environment created from huge 3D datasets. Users can work alone, in small groups, or collaborate with distant colleagues in a common virtual environment to perform detailed design reviews, rehearse in-depth training tasks, validate maintenance procedures or verify assembly and manufacturing processes.

Lockheed Martin chose a transportable version of the ActiveWall, Virtalis’ installed, immersive, interactive 3D visualisation system. It features a 3D DLP projector, a custom screen designed to be moved to different locations and a PC workstation to generate the active stereo images.

Inception Digital To Feature Stream TV Glasses-Free 3D In Digital Signage Offerings
3D-News Posted: Friday, January 2, 2015 (9:16 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Stream TV Networks, Inc. announced that Inception Digital has selected Stream TV's Ultra-D™ glasses-free 3D technology for several digital signage pilot tests it will be initiating with key clients in 2015. The announcement comes after several months of cooperation between the two companies to implement content creation, distribution and management strategies.

Inception Digital has partnered with AT&T to develop the largest private dedicated bandwidth broadcast network at restaurant venues in the country. Partner restaurants include Ruth's Chris Steakhouses, Capital Grille, Seasons 52, and Eddie V's. It has been presenting Ultra-D to its clients and has secured commitments to run pilot tests with several large global retailers and hospitality companies.

"Ultra-D is easily the best glasses-free 3D system out there," said Inception Digital CEO Doug Mack. "Our clients see the amazing potential the moment they see it. We all do."

"It's got the wow-factor that everyone is looking for," added Stream TV CEO Mathu Rajan. "Inception Digital understands that, and their solid relationships with top-tier clients will help establish Ultra-D as the digital signage solution of choice."

Ultra-D features both a stunning glasses-free 3D image as well as content conversion from any 2D or 3D source using patented hardware, middleware and sophisticated-software algorithms. With adjustable depth that can be customized to their liking, viewers are transported into an unrivaled real-world 3D experience.

11th Annual LA 3-D Movie Festival Announces Winners
3D-News Posted: Friday, January 2, 2015 (9:16 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


The LA 3-D Club announced the winners of The 11th Annual LA 3-D Movie Festival. The festival’s mission is to showcase the best independent stereoscopic 3-D filmmaking from around the world. This year’s fest took place on Dec 12th-14th, 2014, at the Downtown Independent theater in Los Angeles.

Awards were presented at the Closing Night Ceremony on Sunday, Dec 14th, by festival director and LA 3-D Club president Eric Kurland. Top films were selected by audience ballot. Award winners were presented with the traditional "Ro-Man" trophy of the LA 3-D Club and an assortment of valuable prizes from festival sponsors Sony Creative Software and Innoventive Software.

The Grand Prize Award winner was DIABLERIES: ONE NIGHT IN HELL from internationally award-winning animation studio and production company Unanico Group, and visionary rock musician Brian May. In the film a 3D phenomenon of 1860s Paris is unleashed on the 21st century. "One Night in Hell" is a devilish and spectacular animation short that tells the story of one skeleton’s journey into a stereoscopic Hell. The film features exclusive new music from Brian May & the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. The film received the LA 3-D Club’s Gold Ro-Man award, Sony Vegas Pro 13 from Sony Creative Software and FrameForge Previz 3D from Innoventive Software. The film’s website is www.onenightinhell.com

The Second Place Award was presented to SPECTRE OF MEMORY by Claudia Kunin. Kunin was also the recipient of this year’s "Ray Zone Award for Excellence in 3-DIY." Named for festival co-founder Ray "3-D" Zone, who passed away in 2012, the award celebrates what Zone described as "fiercely independent do-it-yourself 3-D filmmaking." Internationally acclaimed for her work addressing the intersection of memory, history, and spirit, Kunin creates 3D montages using still images from her family's archive. Her most recent work transposes these stills into moving imagery, reanimating her mother's journey from war-torn Europe to America. She was presented with the LA 3-D Club’s Silver Ro-Man award and Sony Vegas Pro 13 from Sony Creative Software. For more information about Claudia Kunin’s works, visit www.claudiakunin.com

The Third Place Award went to THE CHAPERONE 3D, directed by Fraser Munden and co-directed by Neil Rathbone. The Chaperone 3D is a short film produced by Thoroughbread Pictures of Montreal, Canada. It tells the true story of a lone teacher who was chaperoning a middle school dance in 1973 Montreal, when a menacing motorcycle gang invaded it. The Chaperone 3D recreates the scene using hand drawn animation, miniature sets, puppets, live action Kung Fu and explosions all done in stereoscopic 3D. In addition to the Ro-Man bronze award, the filmmakers also received Sony Movie Studio Suite from Sony Creative Software. More about the film can be found at www.thoroughbread.ca/the-chaperone-3d

The festival presented a special Lifetime Achievement Award to director Norm DePlume (AKA Stephen Gibson) for his body of work in stereoscopic cinema. Gibson founded the Deep Vision Company in the 1970s and was the first filmmaker to make feature-length 35mm 3-D films in color anaglyph. His latest 3-D motion picture, HACKIN JACK VS. THE CHAINSAW CHICK was screened at the festival.

Shannon Benna, founder of the 3-D women’s group Stereo Sisters, presented the awards for Best Student Produced 3-D Film. Two films were tied in audience voting for this honor. THE DEPTHS, directed by Jordan Dowler-Coltman at Emily Carr University of Art Design in Vancouver, Canada, and AUSTIN SURHOFF, UT SWIMMER directed by Patricio Elizondo at the University of Texas at Austin’s UT3D program each received the Real-D Stereoscopic Calculator app for IOS courtesy of Innoventive Software.

Virtalis Ships Visionary Render 1.1
3D-News Posted: Friday, January 2, 2015 (9:15 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Virtalis, one of the world’s leading Virtual Reality companies, is now shipping the first new version of its Visionary Render software since it was launched last year. Visionary Render software allows users to access and experience a real-time, interactive and immersive Virtual Reality (VR) environment created from huge 3D datasets. Users can work alone, in small groups, or collaborate with distant colleagues in a common virtual environment to perform detailed design reviews, rehearse in-depth training tasks, validate maintenance procedures or verify assembly and manufacturing processes.

Technical Director, Andrew Connell, said: "I am exceptionally proud of what the Virtalis R&D Team have managed to pack into Version 1.1. From floating licences to capped sectioning, Version 1.1 represents an enormous advance in 3D rendering technology. In further developing our ground-breaking VR software, Virtalis is grateful to its beta testers: Raytheon, AMRC, Vestas, Rolls-Royce and BAE."

Headline Advances:

Rendering

  • New controls for Scene Management: Automatic Level of Detail (LOD) enables efficient strategies for managing very large models. Overlapped Culling allows rendering to be shared across multiple CPUs. Advanced Instance Rendering Controls further offloads rendering tasks to the Graphics Card, allowing CPU and GPU to operate in parallel.
  • Deferred Render: Gives more control over the appearance of the data, enabling many light effects, such as ambient occlusion, light from many light sources and shader post processing.
  • Infinite Streaming Terrain: Support for terabyte terrain databases allows models to be put in geo-specific locations to give them accurate context.
  • Logarithmic Z Support: Z Fighting is virtually eliminated when objects in the scene conflict.

Data
  • Texture mapping and model optimisation tools: These allow greater control over the appearance of CAD data once it has been imported into Visionary Render, such as the mapping of textures and generation of normals. Users can improve rendering performance and reduce memory footprint by optimising a single model, or the whole scene, with a couple of mouse clicks.
  • Importers: Many new and updated importers, including FBX for better integration with Revit, Inventor, and other AutoDesk products.

Animation
  • Visual representation of Animations: Allows the animation path to be edited visually using 3D handles and lines. Users can see exactly where their animation paths will take their objects and can edit these, both on the desktop and immersively.

Immersion
  • Integration of Oculus DK2 and zSpace, bringing Visionary Render into ActiveDesk.
  • New laser manipulation mode, which allows immersed users to both remotely manipulate distant objects and to interact with the 2D GUI.

Dynamic Sections
  • Capped sections: We received many requests for this feature, as it helps users to render cap geometry when enclosed geometry is sectioned. It even fills in the gaps of a section, which makes inspection of cross-sections much clearer to understand.

General Enhancements
  • Dozens of refinements made to the functionality of the User Interface
  • Memory usage optimisations for very large scenes
  • Significant application performance and stability improvements
  • Improvements to scripting with new maths and vector libraries
  • New floating licensing system

Virtalis ActiveDesk Receives 'Best in Show' at PTC Live Global
3D-News Posted: Monday, December 15, 2014 (11:27 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Virtalis, one of the world's foremost Virtual Reality (VR) and Advanced Visualization companies, has won Best in Show at PTC Live Global for the second year running for its ActiveMove Technology in 2013 and now in 2014 for its innovative deployment of ActiveDesk. Virtalis ActiveDesk is a combination of Virtalis' 3D virtual reality software, Visionary Render, the zSpace desktop system or the Oculus Rift. ActiveDesk has been designed to have all the tools capable of bringing stereoscopic, interactive 3D visualization to the desktop.

Writing in CAD Insider, Roopinder Tara of Tenlinks, observed that the ActiveDesk with zSpace, "appears to be an oversized iPad, a wired stylus and not-very-obtrusive glasses, to create a holographic image. Of course, you do have to give up the 1:1 scale provided by Virtalis flagship products but also downsized is the price. Starting at $33,000, this device suddenly makes Virtual Reality far more approachable for engineers and designers."

"Visionary Render is a system that can cope with the most complex data and render it in 3D stereo. By adding networking for interactive, multi-disciplinary design reviews it enhances the training experience." explained Andrew Connell, technical director at Virtalis. "Additionally, zSpace functionality further extends Visionary Render's practical usability, by making it as applicable for the desktop as it is for the VR suite."

Paul Ewing, Virtalis' Vice President North American Operations, explained: "Virtalis is a PTC® PartnerAdvantage™ Gold Partner. Visionary Render software is being offered to PTC users worldwide as part of our worldwide referral agreement. PTC Creo users are able to view their CAD models in 3D thanks to our VR Extension for PTC Creo View."

The International 3D and Advanced Imaging Society to Honor Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet with 2015 Harold Lloyd Award for Filmmaking
3D-News Posted: Saturday, November 15, 2014 (3:22 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


The International 3D and Advanced Imaging Society announced that French director and Academy Award nominee Jean-Pierre Jeunet will receive The Society's 2015 Harold Lloyd Award for filmmaking at The Society's annual Creative Arts Award Show held on January 28th at Warner Bros. Studios.

Jeunet's latest work 'The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet,' starring Helena Bonham Carter, Judy Davis, and Kyle Catlett, was produced in 3D and shot at various locations in Canada and Washington D.C. The film has been released in Europe and the Weinstein Company has acquired North American theatrical release rights.

"Jean-Pierre Jeunet has thrilled us with movies including 'Amélie,' 'The City of Lost Children,' 'Delicatessen,' 'A Very Long Engagement,' and countless others," said Society Awards Chairman Buzz Hays of the True Image Company. "With 'T.S. Spivet,' he has graced us with an extraordinary work of 3D artistry," Hays added.

The Harold Lloyd Award is annually presented to a filmmaker whose body of work and specific achievements in 3D filmmaking have advanced the motion picture art form.

"Harold Lloyd was a keen observer and was deeply influenced by the French filmmakers of his era," stated Suzanne Lloyd, Chairman of Harold Lloyd Entertainment. "As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Harold first stepping in front of the camera, I know he would be thrilled that this award, bearing his name, be presented to an artist of Mr. Jeunet's passion and achievement," added Lloyd.

Previous honorees of the Harold Lloyd Award have included James Cameron ('Avatar'), Martin Scorsese ('Hugo'), Ang Lee ('Life of Pi'), and last year Jeffrey Katzenberg (DreamWorks Animation).

"This is the first time the Lloyd Award is being presented to a director who works primarily outside of the United States," commented Society President Jim Chabin. "We are a global organization of creative professionals, from Paris to Beijing, and this is a wonderful opportunity to be able to acknowledge the artists whose work is done outside of Hollywood," he added.

The Society's Creative Arts Awards annually honor "extraordinary achievement" in the 3D and advanced imaging arts including movies, television, and other entertainment media.

Jean-Pierre Jeunet's work has been nominated for multiple Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards, Cannes Film Festival honors, and César Awards in France. Born in Roanne, Loire, France, he bought his first camera at the age of 17 and made short films while studying animation at Cinémation Studios. He lives in Paris and serves as director, screenwriter, and producer of many of his works.

Harold Lloyd starred in, directed, and produced more than 200 movies throughout his life. Along with Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, Lloyd founded Hollywood's comedic genre. In 1923 Harold Lloyd sat for an interview with the Los Angeles Times. The conversation was reported in the Times' October 21st edition, before the advent of sound and "talkies." Harold spoke at length about his fascination with 3D, "If the characters could only be made to stand out as they do in stereopticon (3D) pictures, and still retain the action of motion pictures today, I think the ultimate would be reached by cinema." A passionate advocate for 3D, Harold formed Hollywood's first 3D Society in 1950 with actor friends Edgar Bergen and Sterling Holloway (voice of Disney's 'Winnie the Pooh'). Harold served as its first President.

Magnetic 3D Launches Display Product Line with 3D Conversion Capabilities
3D-News Posted: Saturday, November 15, 2014 (3:22 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Magnetic 3D, a leader in autostereoscopic, "glasses-free 3D" solutions, announced the official launch of its Wildfire3D™ display line, which includes embedded hardware that automatically converts stereo 3D (side-by-side) content into glasses-free 3D in real-time.

"Content creators accustomed to using 3D glasses can now harness the power of our Wildfire3D™ displays and see their work in real-time without having to change workflow, learn new tools, install any special plug-ins, and of course, most importantly, do so without having to wear 3D glasses," said Tom Zerega, the Company's CEO and Founder. "Equally exciting is the opportunity for developers across a wide variety of industries to become engaged with glasses-free 3D for the first time, since Wildfire3D™ accepts a stereoscopic output from virtually any 3D-enabled application - from visualization and gaming to live video - in the popular format."

Wildfire3D™ represents the cutting-edge of multi-view autostereoscopic technology available on the market today. This innovative solution contains a circuit board that, when activated, automatically converts side-by-side stereo 3D content into Magnetic 3D's proprietary multi-view glasses-free 3D format, called E3D™. The technology not only simplifies multi-view workflow but also opens up the glasses-free 3D delivery pipeline to all applications that can output in the side-by-side format, enabling a massive library of existing stereoscopic 3D content to be seen without glasses for the very first time.

"The official launch of Wildfire3D™ marks a major milestone", said Michael Dorin, COO of Magnetic 3D, "I've had the pleasure of demonstrating this technology in beta to select clients and partners over the last 12 months and the reactions were priceless. Wildfire3D™ literally takes the glasses out of the equation for virtually any 3D software, content, or application. In addition, the technology provides a nearly seamless viewing experience from anywhere in the room… and it's great for watching 3D movies."

The launch represents the culmination of a company-wide effort to offer 3D solutions to a broader range of industries that extend beyond digital signage. Any industry that uses 3D can now take full advantage of glasses-free 3D. The technology was recently featured by the New York Stereoscopic Association at the Holocenter on Governor's Island in New York. Magnetic 3D has already provided Wildfire3D™ displays for military, medical, pro-AV, broadcast, simulcast and entertainment applications.

To celebrate the launch of Wildfire3D™, the company offered the first 25 units off the production line at a special introductory price to its valued clients and authorized dealers through a limited email marketing campaign. In connection with the public announcement of the launch, Magnetic 3D is extending that same offer to end customers, systems integrators, distributors, and other affiliates, and is encouraging them to secure displays while supplies last.

"We look forward to providing our glasses-free 3D technology to several new verticals through the use of Wildfire3D™," said Tom Zerega, "Adding value to the 3D production chain and seeing the adoption of our technology across new applications is our main goal, but we are mostly excited that users of Wildfire3D™ will finally be able to ditch those 3D glasses."

SENSIO and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Renew Distribution Deal for U.S. and Enter Into a New Deal for Canada
3D-News Posted: Saturday, November 15, 2014 (3:21 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


SENSIO Technologies Inc. announced the extension of its content licensing agreement with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment ("Universal") for the distribution of 3D movies through its 3DGO!™ video-on-demand service. This pact provides access, depending on windows of availability, to Universal's 3D titles in the U.S Additionally, SENSIO and Universal have entered into a new content licensing agreement to make such 3D titles available in Canada. The 3D titles include such blockbuster animated films as Despicable Me and Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, as well as an impressive and exciting slate of upcoming Universal films.

"We are extremely satisfied with both the extension of our U.S. deal and the new Canadian agreement, which will help us expand our movie library and pave the way for our upcoming Canadian expansion," said Nicholas Routhier, SENSIO's President and CEO. "Universal is a key partner for SENSIO, and its content library remains very popular with 3DGO!™ users. Combined, the extension and the new agreement give us access to more high-quality titles for an extended term, in a bigger territory, and is in line with our objectives. With today's announcement, we have just taken a big step forward in our development plans for 3DGO!™".

For further information on SENSIO and its technologies, please visit http://www.sensio.tv

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