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National Academy of Sciences honors 17 for major contributions to science
3D-News Posted: Thursday, January 27, 2005 (12:17 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has selected 17 individuals to receive awards honoring their outstanding scientific achievements. The awards will be presented on May 2 at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., during the Academy's 142nd annual meeting. Among thiy year's recipients are two scientists doing research related to stereoscopic vison.

The "Troland Research Awards" - a research award of $50,000 given annually to each of two recipients to recognize unusual achievement and to further their research within the broad spectrum of experimental psychology - go to Gregory C. DeAngelis, assistant professor of neurobiology, department of anatomy and neurobiology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, and to Jacob Feldman, associate professor, department of psychology and Center for Cognitive Science, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway.

DeAngelis was chosen "for his fundamental contributions to understanding the neural mechanisms underlying stereoscopic vision: the discovery of a disparity mechanism and how it contributes to depth perception." Feldman was chosen "for his advancement of mathematical and computational approaches to perceptual organization in human vision and human concept learning." The research awards were established by a bequest from Leonard T. Troland and have been presented since 1984.

The Polar Express: An IMAX 3D Experience Steams Past $40 Million
3D-News Posted: Tuesday, January 25, 2005 (1:05 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Moviegoers Around the World Still Lining Up to Take the Journey in IMAX(R) 3D
Five IMAX(R) Theatres Grossed More than $1 Million Each


Warner Bros. Pictures' The Polar Express: An IMAX 3D Experience has achieved a box office milestone, surpassing $40 million in total gross receipts in just 11 weeks of release, IMAX Corporation announced today. Already the highest grossing IMAX DMR® (Digitally Re-mastered) release to date, having shattered the previous record of $14 million in just 22 weeks, the film continues to fill IMAX® theatres well after the end of the holiday season. The continued strong performance of the film is a testament to consumer demand for Hollywood blockbusters in IMAX's format and the box office staying power of The IMAX Experience®.

"With the success of The Polar Express: An IMAX 3D Experience, we have solidified the IMAX theatre network as a valuable distribution platform for Hollywood event films," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "The box office results, word of mouth and awareness of the IMAX® 3D release of The Polar Express have all been truly unprecedented. Customer satisfaction levels with the IMAX version of Robert Zemeckis' groundbreaking film have also reached record levels, and lead us to believe the picture will be a holiday perennial in IMAX theatres."

The strong performance of The Polar Express: An IMAX 3D Experience has helped numerous IMAX theatres achieve box office records and other noteworthy results. Some highlights include:

  • A total of five IMAX theatres showing the film have now grossed more than $1 million each: Comcast IMAX 3D Theatre at Jordan's Furniture in Reading, Massachusetts; bfi London IMAX Cinema; Henry Ford IMAX Theatre in Dearborn, Michigan; Chicago Navy Pier IMAX Theatre; and Loews IMAX Theatre Lincoln Square, New York, New York.
  • The film helped the bfi London IMAX Cinema sell more than 51,000 total tickets during the month of December - more than any month in its five year history.
  • The Mercian Shinagawa IMAX theatre has become the highest grossing location in Japan for The Polar Express, with patrons willing to pay nearly 40% more to attend the IMAX 3D version.
"We are thrilled with the performance of The Polar Express in IMAX 3D," said Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution at Warner Bros. Pictures. "It has helped establish the film as one of the 10 highest grossing movies of 2004. We are looking forward to carrying this momentum forward with the highly anticipated Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, to be released simultaneously in 35mm and IMAX theatres in July 2005."

Castle Rock Entertainment presents, in association with Shangri-La Entertainment, a Playtone / ImageMovers / Golden Mean Production of a Robert Zemeckis Film: Tom Hanks in The Polar Express. Directed by Robert Zemeckis from a screenplay by Zemeckis & William Broyles, Jr., the film is produced by Steve Starkey, Robert Zemeckis, Gary Goetzman and William Teitler and is based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg. Tom Hanks, Jack Rapke and Chris Van Allsburg are the executive producers.

The production team includes directors of photography Don Burgess, A.S.C. and Robert Presley; production designers Rick Carter and Doug Chiang; and editors Jeremiah O'Driscoll & R. Orlando Duenas. Senior visual effects supervisors are Ken Ralston and Jerome Chen. Co-producer is Steven Boyd. Music score is by Alan Silvestri, and original songs by Glen Ballard and Alan Silvestri.

The Polar Express is being distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. Soundtrack album on Warner Sunset/Reprise Records. This film is rated G by the MPAA.

Cinematrix has materialized!
3D-News Posted: Friday, January 21, 2005 (14:01 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


The multi-sensory "Cinematrix" Smart Theater features a variety of interactive 4D programs at the Israel National Museum of Science in Haifa, which is the newest member of the Smart Theater Network.

Cinematrix officially opened on December 28th, 2004. It is a new, unique platform for educational multi-sensory movies as part of the complete museum experience.

Smart's business strategy is to utilize existing infrastructure, such as auditoriums, upgrading them to serve as a platform for the Smart programs. Each program is developed in full academic and educational cooperation with one member museum, but it is paid for by Smart. Then, the programs are shared with all of the member museums, localized to fit the profile of the visitors at each museum around the world.

The cost of the permanent technological upgrade is similar to that of a traveling exhibition. The initial investment is expected to be returned after one operational year, after which the proceeds are divided between Smart and the museum.

The "Cinematrix" Smart Theater accommodates 50 visitors at a time for a 24 minute program. The first program is "Journey through the Universe". It includes original 3D (stereoscopic) footage and authentic 2D segments from NASA and BBC. It also incorporates an integral interactivity system that allows the visitors to influence the program and participate in a "Space Academy" trivia game, and the pièce de résistance: the Smart Seats.

These seats look like luxury cinema seats, but they have dual motion capability, 3 built in ticklers, a bass shaker, a scent system, air and water effects, personal speakers and a personal interactive remote control.

The Smart Seats and the audiovisual systems were installed in the historic Technion building in Haifa, preserving its original features while giving it a new lease on life. The Smart Seats and their infrastructure are light and modular enough to be installed in almost any existing structure.

For more information, see http://www.smart-network.us.

3DIcon Receives 'Final' Holography Study from University of Oklahoma-Tulsa
3D-News Posted: Thursday, January 20, 2005 (19:13 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Report Opens Door for Pursuit of New 3D Imaging and Visualization Systems

3DIcon Corporation, a communications development company, announced that it has received from the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa the final sponsored research report entitled, "Investigation of Emerging Digital Holography Technologies." The study, launched in April of last year by OU's School of Electrical & Computer Engineering, was presented to 3DIcon CEO Martin Keating on January 14, 2005.

"This positive and comprehensive report has confirmed our expectations and narrowed our developmental focus," said Keating. "We are pursuing the paths outlined."

3DIcon Corporation is a development-stage company whose mission is to create and market full-color, 360-degree person-to-person holographic technology that is both simple and portable. Such a system could revolutionize or replace all existing forms of electronic communications, including television, telephones, and personal computers. This "next-generation" technology will be well suited to the construction, transportation, healthcare, education, entertainment, and financial services industries.

3D glasses coming back?
3D-News Posted: Monday, January 17, 2005 (15:17 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Some think 3D glasses will be the only thing to save the theater

People's home entertainment systems keep on getting better and better. Now with improved "surround sound" setups, widescreen LCD or plasma TVs, and microwavable popcorn, it seems very much like a movie theater. So much like a movie theater, that some believe that going to the movie theater will go out of style. People would rather just stay at home.

This view was expressed by Jeffrey Katzenberg, co-founder of Dreamworks, just last week, at an open forum at CES. He feels that the home entertainment technology is just so good that it will replace the theater entirely. The only thing that theaters can do to combat a mass loss of sales is to go back to a once failed endeavor: 3D glasses.

There could be some truth to Katzenberg's sentiments. After all, movie tickets are very expensive, sometimes $9 or above. If you could rent a movie for a third of the price, drive for less time, pass standing outside in a line, and enjoy the movie in the comfort of your own home, why not? It will get even easier soon with the popularization of on-demand video downloading off the internet through services like Movielink. In the very near future, you won't even have to get off your lazy behind to rent a movie. It'll be in your room in less than 20 minutes.

And the technology is getting much better. LCD TVs are one of the big stories at CES. They are now half the price, bigger than ever, and provide amazing quality (2 megapixels on a 37 inch screen). If they started making broadcasts or movies with such amazing detail, it would look far better than the big-screen.

Given this harsh marketing environment of incredible competition, movie theaters need something to make themselves unique. One solution may be to revert to 3D glasses. Although they may have failed when tried in the 1970s, the technology has gotten much better, as has special effects technology, making the experience all the more believable. If theaters decide on this route, it would be good news for the digital content creation industry, because movie producers would employ 3D specialists to make the movies work.

But don't expect the good news anytime soon. Movie theaters still have a lot of characteristics that distinguish the medium from home viewing. First, movie producers will continue to release movies to the widescreen first, wait a little, and then release it on tape, DVD, and the Internet. Why? Because a lot of people, for some unknown reason, need to see movies on opening day – or a few weeks after, and they're willing to pay the high prices just to see the latest flicks. And studios continue to make high profits off of the "must see what's new" group of consumers – 3D glasses or not.

Movie theaters also offer a neutral meeting ground for people to go on dates. "Dinner and a movie" has a different connotation if the movie is at someone's house.

I guess it goes to show that technology can have a major effect on the market, but it isn't everything. Social factors, not technological ones, will keep the movie theaters alive and well for a time to come. And, unfortunately for the DCC industry, that probably means no 3D glasses.

Blumenthal Named Chief Technical Officer of ISee3D Inc.
3D-News Posted: Monday, January 17, 2005 (15:10 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Morden C. Lazarus, Chairman and CEO of ISee3D Inc. announces the appointment of Stephen K. Blumenthal to the position of Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of ISee3D Inc., effective immediately.

"We are excited and gratified by the appointment of Mr. Blumenthal to the position of CTO of the Company. His ideas of a new technological path for ISee3D Inc. to follow will bring new life to ISee3D Inc.'s existing patents and technology. His in-depth knowledge of microscopes, digital board technologies, auto stereo 3D TV (no glasses) and his understanding of biometric imaging and surveillance technology will permit ISee3D Inc.'s existing technology to be appropriately exploited", stated Morden C. Lazarus.

"It has been my recommendation that ISee3D Inc. consider returning to its roots to complete the technological development of its existing patents and bring them to market" said Stephen K. Blumenthal. He further stated, "It is my opinion that ISee3D Inc.'s technology is essential to the application of high resolution, high magnification, stereoscopic triangulation, range finding and depth measurement, which, combined with other technologies available to ISee3D Inc., will result in a revolutionary breakthrough for microscopy, biometric imaging and surveillance tools".

Mr.Stephen K. Blumenthal has been involved over a number of years in the development of stereoscopic video imaging applications, as well as having designed and built the first video imaging, stereoscopic microscope, capable of attaining 1000 times magnification, which breakthrough development he created in collaboration with the North American Microscope Division of Leica Lites Microsystems Inc. during the period 2001 to 2002, after having created the first optical interface adaptor for single path stereo optics, through his own development company, "Stereo Vision Technologies Inc." ("SVT") of Ithaca, New York.

At the present time, Mr. Blumenthal is engaged as a consultant to Point-Lab Research Inc. ("PLR") of Amos, Quebec, which is involved in the development of a technological interface between "PLR"'s CPU based technologies and Auto-Stereoscopic Display manufacturers.

"Fallingwater: Wright and the Third Dimension" back in print
3D-News Posted: Monday, January 17, 2005 (15:07 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


"Fallingwater: Wright and the Third Dimension", is back in print. The latest version of View Productions' best-selling 3-reel packet contains the revised Exterior Reel 302-1r which shows Frank Lloyd Wright's extraordinary house after its recent restoration.

The Fallingwater packet is available through 3D retailers, direct from View*Productions, or at their website http://viewproductions.com for $28 postpaid.

The packet "Frank Gehry: Sheet Metal" is still available, although there are only a few dozen copies left. This 3-reel packet, featuring Gehry's early sheet metal projects built between 1988 -1992, will be permanently out of print after the current stock is depleted.

View* will be represented at the annual Georgia 3DFest which will take place on February 12 in Atlanta. Those who stop by their table will be able to purchase View* packets and their newly-designed gift sets at a special price.

A.C.T. Kern wins German VR Innovations Award for Medium-Sized Businesses 2004
3D-News Posted: Monday, January 17, 2005 (14:45 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


With their new 3D-Display, A.C.T. Kern won a special 10,000 Euro price - sponsored by the German Banking Group "Volksbanken Raiffeisenbanken" and its Finance Association in Stuttgart.

A.C.T. Kern is located in Donaueschingen, in the southerwestern part of Germany and is one of the most important producers and application distributors for display technology in Europe, becoming more important in the USA.

Last year, the Volksbanken and Raiffeisenbanken association organized a competition of medium-sized businesses. A.C.T. Kern won this special prize in competition against 119 other candidates.

A jury of prominent and qualified representatives of economy, science and media has awarded 10.000 Euro to the A.C.T. Kern 3D-LC-Display.

Their autostereoscopic 3D-Display was developed in co-operation with Fraunhofer Institute for communication engineering / Heinrich-Hertz Institute in Berlin. The innovative 3D-Display makes it possible to see pictures, objects and videos in real 3D without any additional aid (such as eye glasses). This monitor has (referring to depth range) excellent picture quality and the user gets the impressions that the objects displayed come right out of the display and that the image is really touchable.

People all over the world have seen this revolutionary achievement. People such as Siegfried Kauder (Member of the German Bundestag - CDU) and Dr. Everke (Mayor of Donaueschingen) are astounded by the quality and life-like images this display produces.

It is optimized for applications such as medical imaging, microscopy, geology, CAD and military applications - as well as PC games.

For example, the unit in use at the Kyoto-Katsura hospital in Yokohama (Japan), with the aid of 3D a new kind of "keyhole" operation is in development by a team of scientists. The A.C.T. Kern 3D-Display makes diagnosing more accurate and cuts the time needed in radiology applications. Interns, nurses and others can be trained more effectively with the use of 3D.

Endoscopy is a good application example. In the past time, the physician was dependent on his personal imagination and on the two dimensional image of the Endoscopic picture. Now - with the use of A.C.T. Kern's 3D-Display - the risk of each surgery has substantially decreased. This is of great importance for both the surgeon and the patient.

3D X-ray scanner
3D-News Posted: Friday, January 14, 2005 (21:06 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


The US Department of Homeland Security is funding trials early this year of a 3D X-ray scanner being developed in the UK. It could provide airport security operators with video images containing "hitherto unseen" details of objects.

The trials will allow researchers, led by Dr Paul Evans, head of the vision systems group at Nottingham Trent University, to assess the benefits of 3D moving images produced by the scanner to help operators spot weapons in baggage.

The technology uses two visual phenomena, kinetic depth and stereopsis, to create a sensation of depth in which contours and lines change their length and direction simultaneously. This gives the observer far more information about the objects they are viewing.

In kinetic depth the observer gains an impression of depth through the movement of an object, said Evans. "It's a partial rotation of an object, a special type of rotation on a screen which induces a very strong sensation of a 3D structure. It also gives you a limited ability to look around objects and see behind them," he said.

However, using kinetic depth alone can result in observers suddenly seeing a reversal of the front and back of the object. "Though you're seeing depth in very fine detail, you can all of a sudden, for no change in stimulus, get a reversal of front and back," he said.

Stereopsis, in which differences in an image shown to each eye create depth, removes this ambiguity, according to Evans. To create stereo video images the system displays an identical sequence to both eyes but with a slight time lag between the two.

The scanner, which uses a single X-ray source and a number of sensors underneath the conveyor belt, can create moving colour images, with different colours to indicate the various types of material the radiation passes through. The object is imaged from a range of angles, making it virtually impossible to fool the system.

If the trials prove successful the system could be built very quickly, said Evans. The group is also working with the Home Office's Police Scientific Development Branch and vision systems specialist 3D X-Ray, which has developed a static 3D scanner and special glasses based on research at the university. These have been tested at Heathrow.

Evans will also begin an EPSRC-funded project in April to develop image-processing techniques that should reduce the number of X-ray sensors needed by the system. The technique, known as image synthesis, involves simplifying the intermediary views between different sensors, without affecting the kinetic depth or stereopsis, to allow the intermediary sensors to be removed.

This could significantly lower the cost of the technology to create a practical system, he said.

Report calls for full investigation into health effects to former View-Master employees
3D-News Posted: Thursday, January 13, 2005 (13:22 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


The View-Master stereoscopic slide viewer has been a popular children's toy since the 1950s. For nearly half a century, View-Masters were made exclusively at a factory located on Hall Boulevard in Beaverton, Oregon. Throughout this period, an on-site supply well provided water for industrial purposes and for human consumption. In March 1998, chemical analysis of the View-Master factory supply well revealed the presence of the degreasing agent trichloroethylene (TCE) at concentrations as high as 1,670 micrograms per liter (µg/L).

A new report from the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) underscores the need to further study the effects of high concentrations of trichloroethylene (TCE) on workers at a former View-Master factory in Beaverton.

The DHS report outlines why further research is needed and how to proceed.

Public meetings where former View-Master employees and other interested persons may learn more are scheduled for Jan. 19 in Beaverton.

"This worksite was clearly a public health hazard," Mel Kohn, M.D., state epidemiologist at DHS, said Wednesday. "This document elaborates on our previous findings and compels us to go forward."

Most employees had risk of exposure to TCE, a degreasing agent that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency classifies as a probable human carcinogen, through drinking water from an onsite well. Some may have also been exposed as a result of specific work-related duties.

A preliminary mortality study found that although deaths from all cancers were not elevated among either men or women who worked at View-Master, there were elevated levels of some cancers among men and other cancers among women. Meanwhile, some cancers were also found in lower numbers than would have been expected.

Kohn said the new findings need to be interpreted carefully because of significant demographic differences between the View-Master employee population and that of the state.

"The preliminary study was unable to answer the key question about possible health impacts from the exposures among former workers," Kohn said. "Nevertheless, the significantly different levels of various cancers in the View-Master group, as compared with the Oregon population as a whole, is a compelling reason to proceed with formal scientific investigation."

The report shows TCE-contaminated drinking water may have been present in the well for more than 20 years. In 1998, the measured levels of contamination were 300 times the scientifically accepted maximum level for human exposure, Kohn said.

In November, Oregon learned that Congress appropriated $100,000 to begin a study. A full study would help to establish when TCE contamination first reached the well and how the concentrations varied over time. It also would provide a more accurate assessment of whether it affected deaths, cancers, other illnesses associated with TCE exposure, or birth outcomes of those who worked at the plant, according to Kohn.

Kohn said the study would also contribute to general public health understanding of the impact of human exposure to a commonly used solvent that is considered to be a human carcinogen and that is associated with other non-cancerous health effects.

The feasibility investigation was conducted by DHS under a cooperative agreement with the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, which also funded the work. The full report is available on the DHS "Superfund" Web site (http://www.dhs.state.or.us/publichealth/superfund/vmsite.cfm).

NOTE: A public meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 19, at Valley Catholic High School, 4275 SW 148th Ave., Beaverton. There will be two Public Availability Sessions - one from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and one from 7 to 8:30 p.m. - where people will have the opportunity to talk individually with experts. A Presentation and Open Forum will occur between 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., where DHS staff will present investigation findings and answer questions.

Stereoscopic Displays and Applications Conference Update
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, January 12, 2005 (22:02 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


This year's "Stereoscopic Displays and Applications" Conference will be held from 17-19 January 2005 at San Jose, California. For more information, please see http://www.stereoscopic.org .

SolidWorks Corporation Adds StereoGraphics Visualization Capabilities to Its 3D Solid Modeling
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, January 12, 2005 (21:59 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Stereo3D Visualization Provides Super Realistic Design Reviews

SolidWorks Corporation, the number one supplier of mechanical design software and StereoGraphics(R), the number one supplier of electronic stereoscopic visualization hardware, have teamed up to add stereoscopic support as a standard feature in SolidWorks(R) software. The new visualization feature will allow SolidWorks users to visualize and communicate their solid models in Stereo3D(TM) when using CrystalEyes(R) electronic eyewear from StereoGraphics.

True stereoscopic depth perception, when added to an electronic display image, provides state-of-the-art design review and visualization. It's like having the actual model in the room instead of on the computer screen. This is accomplished using an appropriate CRT monitor or DLP projector and CrystalEyes electronic eyewear. For the past 17 years, CrystalEyes has been the industry standard for designers and engineers who require Stereo3D computer graphics models. Design errors are reduced, throughput is increased, and design reviews are enhanced, ultimately speeding time-to-market.

"Stereoscopic visualization capabilities have been added to SolidWorks software for one key reason - customer demand," said Brian Houle, partner program manager for SolidWorks Corporation. "We asked StereoGraphics to provide this solution because it is the leader in the visualization market. With these new capabilities, SolidWorks can now provide a software/hardware turn-key solution that guarantees user satisfaction."

Lenny Lipton, CEO and founder of StereoGraphics stated, "We are pleased that SolidWorks and StereoGraphics have joined forced to offer their customers a great solution for stereoscopic visualization on the Windows platform. Our expertise has helped SolidWorks integrate the most advanced stereoscopic capabilities and user interface into its 3D software as an intrinsic feature set."

Pricing and Availability

The new stereoscopic capabilities within SolidWorks software will initially be available for download at http://www.solidworks.com. In Q1 2005, it will be available in a SolidWorks Service Pack, and then in the next major SolidWorks product release. Selected SolidWorks resellers will offer StereoGraphics products to provide a turnkey Stereo3D solution. Contact a local SolidWorks reseller for more information.

Russian-Cuban child genius, aged 11
3D-News Posted: Saturday, January 8, 2005 (0:22 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


A Russian-Cuban child aged 11 has astounded Russia's scientific community with various revolutionary inventions like a 3-D image television and a refrigerator that doesn’t need electricity.

Ernesto Yevgueni Sánchez Shaida, the son of a Russian mother and Cuban father and resident in the Siberian region of Altai, was announced in his region as the great revelation of a scientific conference and the outright winner of a competition among talented youth.

The scientists at the conference in the Technical University of Barnaul, the regional capital, were amazed when the child presented around a dozen industrial inventions, some of them unprecedented.

The central pieces for the experts, including Russian academics of international renown and foreign scientists from France to Finland, was the television with the three-dimensional images and a refrigeration system that works without electricity.

The main Russian television networks screened footage of the university experts' council session in which the child demonstrated the key aspects of his inventions to the specialists.

INVENTIONS BASED ON NEED

The child has designed a refrigeration installation that operates without a compressor and does not require electricity, an invention that is more than useful in a region where the energy restrictions affecting many areas of Russia, or even in his father's homeland, have been felt.

"I devoted myself to this because our fridge at home broke down and I asked my dad to explain how the systems works, and then found other materials in the library until I found a way of solving the problem," he explained to the NTV network.

In reference to his TV he said that his set is distinguished from existing ones in terms of the stereoscopic effect in which the 3-D images are found with liquid crystal indicators and thus, "exist in reality," giving the effect of volume.

The Technical University of Barnaul is to take charge of organizing the patents for the two inventions, unique in their genre, as the official news agency Itar-Tass was informed by Vladimir Yevstigneyev, dean of the institute and president of the organizing committee.

The application will be made by the council of experts at the University’s Physics, Technology and Astronomy Center, which fulfilled one of Ernesto's lifelong dreams by presenting him with a personal computer with an Internet connection.

Interviewed by television stations and news agency throughout Russia the child confided that when he finishes his studies he wants to devote himself to research and fulfill two dreams: to get a computer to patent his inventions and to travel to Cuba, his father's homeland.

Ernesto is the son of Tatiana Shaida and Ernesto Enrique Sánchez – a naval engineer – who met in 1981 in Odessa, now the Ukraine, but 10 years later when the USSR collapsed, moved to Siberia.

Ernesto was born that same year and four years later, his sister Magarita Dania.

Ernesto Yevgueni is a genius and is known as such by everyone in his school in Rubtsovsk in southern Siberia, where next year he will complete his secondary studies despite his youth, comments the Interfax agency.

But now his case is being examined by scientists and professors from the Center for the Assistance of Super-Gifted Children at Barnaul, after the verification that Ernesto is a consummate inventor of the most complicated mechanisms.

He has already demonstrated his capacity as a child prodigy, as he learnt to read at two years and seven months and soon displayed a great love for physics and math books, as well as the narrative of Siberian author Vasili Shutshin.

When his teachers perceived his intellectual capacity, they advanced him three years and now, without help, he is learning the manuals corresponding to the final years of secondary school.

"He's a genius, he has a talent for everything, as he's not only an inventor but also paints, composes music and writes poetry and prose," a fascinated Nina Ilichova, dean of the State University of Altai, told a television channel. (Taken from the digital press)

Stereo Space Combat adds perspective
3D-News Posted: Saturday, January 8, 2005 (0:19 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


A new free arcade game has been released - and best of all: it's in Stereo!

Stereo Space Combat is a arcade game where you fly your space ship through an asteroid field defeating enemies and collecting power-ups.

If you have 3D glasses (red-blue stereoscopic glasses) you'll really get into the game as asteroids and enemies jump out of your screen and into your face! Included is a non-stereoscopic mode (but none of OUR readers will care about that mode).

For more information, please visit http://www.clic.net/~poirb/

SENSIO and Tweeter team-up to showcase a revolutionary home theatre 3-D experience
3D-News Posted: Saturday, January 8, 2005 (0:15 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


SENSIO, maker of the SENSIO™ 3D stereoscopic video processor, and Tweeter Home Entertainment Group, the nation’s premier specialty retailer of entertaining consumer electronics solutions , will join forces to bring the ultimate 3-D home theatre experience to Tweeter Entertainment Architects customers in Las Vegas.

“Tweeter is the perfect partner for us,” says Richard LaBerge, SENSIO’s Vice-President, Sales and Marketing. “Its clientele appreciates high-end cutting edge technology and their staff truly understands SENSIO 3-D. Consumers will have an unparalleled opportunity to live the theme park 3-D experience at home!”

Beginning in January, the Tweeter Entertainment Architect concept store in Las Vegas will offer the SENSIO 3-D experience. “We are constantly on the lookout for new technology to entertain our cutting edge customer base,” says Philo Pappas, Sr. VP Merchandising for Tweeter. “A couple of years ago, you could only see quality 3-D movies in multimillion-dollar theatres. Being able to provide a 3-D solution to our customers provides them with a more complete and entertaining experience.”

Since 2003, SENSIO’s dealer base has grown to over 180 outlets in more than 30 countries. Tweeter’s new Las Vegas concept store represents a revolution of retail entertainment, and also adds one more customer touch point to SENSIO’s growing network.

“Opening up retail chains is part of SENSIO’S strategy to rapidly expand the number of outlets bringing high quality 3D experiences to the market.” Says SENSIO’s President, Nicholas Routhier “As people get exposed to the SENSIO 3D experience, the old 3D image of red and blue glasses will become something of the past. Our association with Tweeter is the first step in accelerating the pace of consumer’s awareness and exposure to our technology.”

Winner of the CES 2003 Product Innovation Award and a “Best in Show” finalist at the 2004 ElectronicaUSA show in San Francisco, the SENSIO™ 3D stereoscopic video processor is a giant leap forward in home theatre viewing. Gone are the awkward red and blue cardboard goggles and the fuzzy images. SENSIO™ 3D produces brilliant digital images that burst into life with the help of small, wireless LCD glasses that are synchronized with the film, feeding separate images to the left and right eyes so quickly the brain is fooled into seeing a single spectacular full-resolution three-dimensional scene.

Dive Into the Depths of the Ocean With 'Aliens of the Deep 3D;' James Cameron's 'Aliens of the Deep' Opens at Henry Ford IMAX Theatre Friday, January 28
3D-News Posted: Saturday, January 8, 2005 (0:13 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Join the search for life below the ocean's surface in director James Cameron's newest documentary Aliens of the Deep. This 3D IMAX experience takes you more than two miles below the ocean's surface into the alien world of the deep sea. The film opens at Henry Ford IMAX theatre on Friday, January 28. Tickets for Aliens of the Deep are $10 adults, $9 seniors and $8.50 children. The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre is located at 20900 Oakwood Blvd. in Dearborn. For information on tickets and showtimes, call 313-271-1570 or visit the website at http://www.thehenryford.org.

Aliens of the Deep presents the dramatic and visually stunning highlights of more than 40 dive expeditions to deep-ocean hydrothermal vents, where super-heated, mineral-charged water gives life to some of the strangest animals on earth. This deep-sea adventure brings the audience face to face with what it might be like to travel far into space and encounter life on other worlds. Aliens of the Deep lets you experience it all on a screen that is six stories tall and eight stories wide.

"This film is really about adventure on two levels," says James Cameron, director. "There's the physical adventure, of course -- we went to an extreme edge of life, down to the bottom of the ocean, a place where very few people have ever been. And there's also the 'inner adventure' -- the adventure of discovery and finding out something new, putting the pieces together and coming to a new understanding."

Cameron combines his talents as a filmmaker with his passion for exploration in all forms in Aliens of the Deep, an Earthship Production presented in IMAX 3D by Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media. Inspired by concepts from the field of astrobiology, the study of life on other worlds, Cameron explores the idea that the bizarre creatures living in the extreme environments found on the ocean floor might provide a blueprint for what life is like elsewhere in the universe. The director is joined in the journey by a team of young marine biologists and NASA researchers who share his interests and excitement as they consider the correlation between life under water and the life we may one day find in outer space.

The Henry Ford, located in Dearborn, Michigan was founded in 1929 by automotive pioneer Henry Ford. This history destination includes Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, The Henry Ford IMAX® Theatre, The Benson Ford Research Center and The Ford Rouge Factory Tour. The Henry Ford, America's Greatest History Attraction, is the history destination that brings the American Experience to life. For more information please visit their website http://www.thehenryford.org

Opticality Introduces Glasses-Free 3D Digital Signage for Advertisers, Strengthening Message Retention with Images That 'Hover' in Mid-Air
3D-News Posted: Saturday, January 8, 2005 (0:11 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Opticality Corporation unveiled a line of 3D digital displays ranging in size from 17" to 50" that equip corporate marketers with a fresh, stop-people-in-their-tracks alternative to conventional 2D display, television and print advertising. The screens make images appear to hover in mid-air without the need for special 3D viewing glasses, addressing the need for innovative ways to capture consumers' attention, build brand awareness, and increase message retention.

The displays can also be used as a new platform for arcade games, medical and scientific imaging, and digital broadcasting on both PCs and TVs.

Opticality's displays present 3D images that float deep within and as much as six feet in front of LCD and plasma screens, utilizing proprietary technology that has been successfully tested in over 1,000 venues around the world. Images can be seen in a wide 120-degree field for simultaneous viewing by multiple people in retail stores, malls, airports, hotels, casinos, sports arenas, trade shows, exhibition halls and other high-traffic environments of any kind.

Each screen can carry messages from multiple advertisers, creating a lucrative new revenue stream for advertising agencies as well as revenue- sharing opportunities for venues where the screens are placed. Some models can also support both 2D and 3D content, making it possible to mix existing 2D messages with newer 3D ads.

eMagin Unveils Z800 3D Visor
3D-News Posted: Thursday, January 6, 2005 (22:56 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Wide Field of View, Integrated Head Tracking and OLED-Based 3D Technologies Create the Standard for Virtual Imaging

Now you can see wide-screen 3D - with neither special red-green glasses nor heavy headsets with high-powered battery packs and complex interface electronics.

eMagin Corporation, the leading manufacturer of OLED (organic light-emitting diode) microdisplays, is introducing the first personal display system to combine OLED technology with head-tracking and 3D stereovision. The result gives gamers, designers, or any computer user a truly immersive experience. The company is demonstrating its Z800 3D Visor in booth IP561 of the Innovations Plus Pavilion at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas through January 9.

The Z800 3D Visor incorporates two eMagin SVGA 3D OLED displays (800 x 3 x 600 pixels per display) for a total of 2.8 million pixels to provide an immersive view equivalent to a 105-inch screen at twelve feet, and uses high-speed head tracking to permit 360 degree viewing.

The Z800 3D Visor draws its power from any standard USB port with no additional power sources. Completing this experience is an integrated, state-of-the-art audio system with high-fidelity ear buds and a built-in noise-canceling microphone.

Ideal for computer gaming, the Z800 3D Visor also supports PC-based DVD entertainment, as well as simulation, graphics, and design programs. It can be used as the primary display or as an extended dual-monitor with a laptop. The Z800 3D Visor enables users to work or play in complete privacy.

"We believe that the release of the Z800 is the opening salvo in a virtual imaging revolution that will resound throughout the electronic world," said Gary Jones, chief executive officer, eMagin Corporation. "The power and capabilities of our product represent at least an order of magnitude difference in usability and capability from previous consumer - and even most high-end - products for virtual visualization.

"We are bringing consumers capabilities that are even greater than those in most current professional simulation headsets," Jones continued. "The small form factor, low power requirement, and ability to operate with standard computer video outputs mean that the power of virtual imaging has, for the first time, become practical for consumers."

eMagin's Z800 3D Visor is expected to be ideal for multiple applications and consumer needs:

  • Electronic gaming (3D or 2D)
  • PC and laptop-based high resolution DVD entertainment
  • Simulation programs (3D or 2D)
  • Dual screen PC/laptop imaging
  • Applications requiring privacy
  • Mobile devices with high resolution video outputs or adapters
eMagin's active matrix OLED displays deliver high speed, high-resolution, high-color imagery for near-eye applications. Because OLED materials emit light, the displays are thinner and lighter than conventional LCDs, and they also require less power, permitting this product to be created without a need for added battery packs or power adapters. OLED displays offer higher contrast and a wider dispersion of light, making them more comfortable to view and usable for near-eye applications. eMagin's 3D OLED displays recognize and deliver left-eye and right-eye stereovision signals with unsurpassed efficiency. Color pixel data is buffered under each pixel site, eliminating flicker and smear.

The eMagin Z800 3D Visor will be available in the second quarter of this year. List price is anticipated to be $899 USD. The Company is also intending to make the Z800 available for customization by OEMs. For more information on eMagin and its products, customers can visit http://www.emagin.com and http://www.3dvisor.com.

Icuiti's Video Eyewear - A Revolution in Personal and Portable Video Viewing
3D-News Posted: Thursday, January 6, 2005 (15:56 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Icuiti Corporation, a world leader in personal display solutions, announced the North American introduction of the World's first "Video Eyewear" at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The Icuiti V920 Video Eyewear was developed as the perfect display solution for the coming mobile video and information era. This revolutionary device overcomes the limitations of traditional direct view displays and creates BIG screen images from micro displays, providing users with an unparalleled solution for mobile entertainment and information applications.

Visually, the Icuiti V920 Video Eyewear looks much like a pair of designer sunglasses. The V920 is small enough to fit in your pocket and lightweight at just 3.5 oz (99 g). Designed for semi-immersive viewing, Video Eyewear is the world's first binocular display that does not have to be strapped or mounted on the users head. It is worn like a typical pair of eyewear and can be used in conjunction with prescription eyeglasses.

The V920 Video Eyewear contains two EDTV resolution (920,000 pixel) LCD screens, one in front of each eye. They enable private viewing of video content on a virtual theater sized screen. Both high quality traditional (2D) video as well as flicker-free 3D stereoscopic video can be viewed in complete privacy - opening up an entirely new form of video viewing. Stereo audio is provided through adjustable headphones built into the temples of the eyewear that can be removed to accommodate the use of alternative personal headphones.

The interface Controller easily connects to almost any video/audio source supporting standard composite video, S-Video and progressive scan VGA. A PAL version will be available in February for the European market. Its flexible interface enables the use of audio/video sources ranging from a laptop computer to portable DVD players and even video enabled cell phones. The compact Controller provides volume and screen brightness controls and houses 2 AA batteries that provide up to 4.5 hours of viewing time.

"Our Video Eyewear sets a new paradigm in personal and portable video." says Paul Travers, CEO of Icuiti Corporation. "It has broad market appeal ranging from a traveler watching a DVD at 35,000 feet to a gamer playing their Xbox or PC."

The V920 Video Eyewear can be used as a portable high resolution display or as the ultimate viewer in the rapidly growing mobile video markets with portable DVD players, "in-car" video systems, video enabled cell phones, game consoles, and the new personal digital media/video players (PVPs).

The V920 is available through Icuiti's website (http://www.Icuiti.com) and select retailers in the US and Japan. It is introductory priced at only $499.00.

The V920 Video Eyewear was chosen as a CES Innovations 2005 Design and Engineering Honoree in the Personal Electronics Category. During the CES tradeshow, Icuiti will be demonstrating the V920 Video Eyewear, with a variety of devices including the viewing of movies and TV directly off of some of the world's latest 3G cellular phones.

Brillian to Demonstrate SVGA Optical Module in Prototype Binocular Headmounted Display at CES
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, January 5, 2005 (15:55 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Exclusive One-on-One Demonstrations Available Jan. 6-8, 2005

To showcase the incredibly bright, full-color, and high-resolution images delivered by its BR86M30-1 SVGA turnkey optical module, Brillian Corporation will demonstrate a prototype binocular headset for video applications at the Consumer Electronics Show.

"In addition to our UltraContrast(TM) Gen II liquid-crystal-on-silicon (LCoS(TM)) HDTVs, Brillian develops a family of LCoS(TM)-based, turnkey optical modules designed to help OEM customers quickly enter the high performance headmounted display (HMD) or electronic viewfinder market," said Rainer Kuhn, Brillian's vice president of sales and product marketing. "We've designed our SVGA module into a prototype binocular HMD for video applications to give potential customers an example of the pristine quality and end-market applications possible with this complete turnkey system."

The BR86M30-1 SVGA optical module includes a microdisplay, illuminator, illumination optics, imaging optics and mechanical housing. The lightweight, high-performance device allows OEMs to deliver a virtual 42-inch diagonal screen at two meters in a 0.6-ounce package. A 30-degree field of view, long eye relief (28mm), a large eye box (10mm x 8mm), and low distortion all provide outstanding viewing comfort for monocular, binocular, and stereoscopic applications. Field sequential operation utilizes each of the 480,000 pixels for red, green, and blue - offering a true 800 x 600 image - for near home-theatre-quality viewing.

Brillian's high-resolution, LCoS(TM) microdisplays provide a rich user experience by supporting text, graphics, multimedia, full-motion video, and 3-D/stereoscopic content. The high brightness specification of 50 foot lamberts enables users to view content on the display outdoors, even in direct sunlight. Supporting a high image refresh rate of 120 Hz, the image is effectively free of flicker and color breakup, and its high fill factor of 93% delivers seamless images without the pixelation found in color-filter-based transmissive and OLED-on-silicon displays. They operate in a wide temperature range (-20 to 70C) enabling both indoor and outdoor use, support long lifetimes (up to 175,000 hours MTTF), without degraded display performance, and offer low power consumption for portable applications.

Demonstrations of Brillian's optical module prototype are available at CES, January 6-8, 2005. To schedule an appointment, call or E-Mail: Deanna Krause, Brillian Marketing Manager, 1 (602) 410-8681, deanna.krause@brilliancorp.com.

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