3D-News Archive January 2015


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SENSIO Launches 3DGO! on LG's 3D Televisions
3D-News Posted: Friday, January 2, 2015 (10:18 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 (10:17 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 (10:17 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 (10:17 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 (10:16 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 (10:16 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 (10:15 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

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