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Glasses-Free 3D Breakthrough Scientific Visualization
3D-News Posted: Monday, October 27, 2003 (15:09 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


SDSC Uses SynthaGram Glasses-Free 3D Monitor From StereoGraphics

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at University of California San Diego (UCSD) is using the SynthaGram Glasses-Free 3D monitor from StereoGraphics® to visualize complicated scientific images. The SynthaGram allows them to view their images in 3D without any special eyewear. Until now, seeing scientific images in 3D required special stereoscopic eyewear.

SDSC is using the SynthaGram monitor as part of their Volume Visualizer product. The SDSC scientific images include molecular models, medical diagrams, and aerial photographs.

SDSC is used to using StereoGraphics products to view scientific data sets, but up until now, they have been using StereoGraphics' shuttering 3D eyewear. Mike Bailey, PhD, Director of Visualization for the SDSC remarked, "The SynthaGram is ideal for group viewing environments when you don't want to 'pass the glasses'. The glasses-free 3D effect created by the SynthaGram meets our needs for intricate scientific visualization."

StereoGraphics is not new to the world of scientific and industrial visualization. Since its inception in 1980, StereoGraphics has been the industry-standard provider of glasses-based systems for 3D viewing in molecular modeling, aerial photography/photogrammetry, and virtual prototyping.

Lenny Lipton, StereoGraphics Founder, Chairman, and CEO, commented, "I am thrilled to, at last, create a product that allows our traditional customers to view in 3D without having to wear eyewear. There will always be a need for our CrystalEyes® stereoscopic eyewear in scientific visualization, but now our customers have the choice to view in 3D without eyewear."

The SynthaGram is a flat-screen LCD or plasma monitor with a special lenticular optical surface creating the 3D effect. Current sizes include 18-42 inches, but other display sizes can be made into a SynthaGram monitor. The SynthaGram creates bright and crisp wide-angle 3D stills and video that are ideal for group viewing in many industries.

For more information on StereoGraphics and/or the SynthaGram Glasses-Free 3D monitors, including pricing, please visit the StereoGraphics website at http://www.stereographics.com/synthagram, call (800) 783-2660 (outside the United States, +1 (415) 459-4500) or send an email to sales@stereographics.com.

Lightspace Technologies, Inc. acquires DepthCube 3D Display Technology from Vizta3D, Inc.
3D-News Posted: Saturday, October 18, 2003 (6:51 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


The technology revolution was kicked up another notch with the announcement by LightSpace Technologies, Inc. of the acquisition of the DepthCube 3D Display technology, along with key personnel, from Vizta3D, Inc.

The DepthCube Z1024 3D Display is unique among computer displays. Developed over a period of 7 years by researchers at Vizta3D (formerly Dimensional Media Associates), the DepthCube is a solid-state volumetric 3D display system in which the high resolution, full color 3D images are physically deep. The DepthCube produces startlingly good 3D images with no viewer fatigue, and no viewing position restrictions. The DepthCube can even capture 3D images in real-time from nearly all 3D software applications, including video games.

LC-Tec Holding AB (Borlänge, Sweden), one of Vizta3D’s key component suppliers, recognized the extraordinary value of the DepthCube technology and the excellent opportunity to expand its display product offerings. LC-Tec formed LightSpace Technologies AB and, its wholly owned U.S. subsidiary, LightSpace Technologies, Inc., to acquire the DepthCube technology and immediately bring the DepthCube Z1024 product to market. LC-Tec manufactures and sells specialty liquid crystal displays used in signs.

The DepthCube has applications in virtually every technical industry including, medicine, science, weather, defense, security, computer aided engineering, complex data analysis and computer graphics; any field where there is a need to rapidly convert three dimensional data from the computer into images that clearly brings 3D knowledge into the viewer’s mind.

A vital application of the DepthCube technology is the non-invasive inspection of luggage and cargo at the nations air and sea ports. America's security is being enhanced by the installation of 3D scanning systems to inspect the contents of the millions of bags and shipping containers that enter the country each day. Future versions of these scanners may incorporate DepthCube technology in order to provide screeners with images in a 3D format that maximizes their ability to locate contraband while also maintaining the high throughput needed to avoid interfering with commerce.

Dr. Alan Sullivan, former CTO of Vizta3D and inventor of the DepthCube technology, has been tapped to be President of LightSpace Technologies, Inc. Dr. Sullivan describes the DepthCube Z1024 as "the first 3D display to create truly excellent 3D images. People are stunned by how good the DepthCube is."

More information is available from http://www.lightspacetech.com

Kiefer Sutherland Joins the Field on NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience
3D-News Posted: Friday, October 17, 2003 (5:51 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Noted Actor to Narrate IMAX® Film Slated for March 12, 2004 Release

Announced late September, Golden Globe Award-winning actor Kiefer Sutherland will narrate the first-ever IMAX(R) 3D NASCAR film, NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience. The groundbreaking IMAX 3D film, set against America's most popular spectator sport, will be distributed exclusively to IMAX® theatres by Warner Bros. Pictures and IMAX. The film is scheduled to open on March 12, 2004.

NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience will have IMAX moviegoers and NASCAR fans on the edges of their seats as they experience speeds of more than 200 miles per hour. The heart-pounding thrills of NASCAR will be captured through IMAX 3D technology and brought to life on screens up to eight stories tall, with 12,000 watts of pure digital surround sound.

"With The IMAX Experience(R) putting you in the driver's seat at a series of exciting NASCAR races," said Kiefer Sutherland, "you can virtually feel the speed of the cars and the thunder of the engines, and that's why this film lends itself perfectly to the technology that IMAX provides."

Sutherland stars in the FOX drama "24" for which he won a Golden Globe Award and garnered two Emmy nominations. Kiefer has starred in numerous films and was seen most recently in the box office success "Phonebooth." He will next star in the Warner Bros. film "Taking Lives" opposite Ethan Hawke and Angelina Jolie.

"We're thrilled to have an actor of Kiefer Sutherland's caliber bring his talents and passion for NASCAR to this one-of-a-kind look at our sport," said Paul Brooks, president of NASCAR Digital Entertainment. "Very few people will ever be able to experience what it is like to drive and compete at more than 200 miles per hour with the precision and skill that NASCAR drivers achieve every week. With NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience, we've been able to bring that thrill and excitement, along with a behind-the-scenes look at the science of the sport, directly to NASCAR and IMAX fans."

"As both a fan of NASCAR and an internationally acclaimed actor, Kiefer brings a very special dimension to this exceptional film, which will excite, entertain and educate audiences for years to come," said Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

"We're thrilled that Kiefer Sutherland has agreed to lend his passion for NASCAR to this one-of-a-kind IMAX 3D film," said Greg Foster, IMAX's President of Filmed Entertainment. "Through Kiefer's involvement and the magic of IMAX 3D technology, audiences will see, hear and feel NASCAR like never before, in a way that only The IMAX Experience can deliver to movie goers."

NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience will transport fans directly into the driver's seat to explore the world of today's elite NASCAR drivers and teams. The film will briefly take fans into reverse to review the history of this legendary sport, told from the viewpoint of some of its most revered drivers, and will then thrust into high gear with a look at the thrilling phenomenon that is NASCAR today. Featuring rare behind-the-scenes glimpses, as well as gripping footage of the unpredictable action on the track, NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience will provide a close-up look at what motivates NASCAR drivers in and out of competition.

NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience will also focus on the science of today's racing technology, the cutting-edge racing machines and the underlying physics that drivers depend on to make turns at the highest speeds while skillfully maneuvering within inches of their competitors.

The film is directed by Simon Wincer (Lonesome Dove, Free Willy, Phar Lap and the upcoming The Young Black Stallion). James Neihouse, one of the large-format medium's preeminent cinematographers (SPACE STATION 3D, Michael Jordan to the Max, Rolling Stones at the Max, The Dream Is Alive), is the director of photography; Neil Goldberg (producer of FOX's NASCAR coverage) is the executive producer; and IMAX Corporation's Lorne Orleans is the producer, with Doug Hylton of IMAX also producing. Principal race photography was recently completed at the Bristol Motor Speedway on August 23, 2003.

Fakespace Systems Reports on Visualization Business in Europe
3D-News Posted: Friday, October 17, 2003 (5:43 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Leading Provider of Immersive Solutions Experiences Surge In Market Growth

Fakespace Systems Inc. today announced contract wins and the completion of installations for immersive visualization systems at organizations across the United Kingdom. This visualization industry growth further enhances the company's position as a global market leader. The diversity of applications and types of solutions also underscores the company's strong position as a provider of CAVE-type, curved wall, flat wall and desktop size visualization solutions supported by a complete services offering.

"The European division of Fakespace has worked diligently in order to bring new levels of expertise and service to this market," said Dr. Chris Clover, chief executive officer of Fakespace Systems. "The results of this commitment can be seen in recent installs and service contracts in both research and commercial sectors, where advanced visualization continues to prove its value with improved collaboration, reduced decision time and better understanding of complex data."

Recent contracts and installations in Europe include a variety of immersive environments at research facilities across the U.K. Cardiff University in Wales, is using a collaborative solution that is comprised of several display systems, including two different large-scale wall systems and two transportable, drafting-table style, ImmersaDesk® systems. The solution allows for easy group collaboration and is used for a wide range of applications including earth science research, molecular dynamics simulation and medical applications such as monitoring the behaviour and sequencing of DNA molecules.

"Fakespace Systems is an extremely effective contributor to the Welsh e-Science Centre at Cardiff University, which offers immersive visualization technologies for both academic research and industrial applications requiring the ability to access very large data sets using large-scale computing resources and high-resolution visualization," said Professor Nick Avis. "Our Distributed Visualization Facility places Cardiff University at the forefront in the development of advanced visualization systems for grid-based computing."

At the University of Hull, Fakespace integrated an 8-ft. x 16-ft. PowerWall(TM) digital, edge-blended flat wall system into a new research centre called the Hull Immersive Visualization Environment (HIVE). The stereoscopic display provides extremely bright and sharp imagery for a number of applications including; biomedical and genetic research, scientific visualization in chemistry and geography, archaeology, sports performance assessment, rehabilitation therapy, and virtual prototyping and design optimization.

Fakespace Systems also provided a PowerWall(TM) PRO, which is a 6-ft. x 7-1/2-ft. flat wall display system for immersive visualization, to the Southampton Oceanography Centre (SOC). The organization uses the immersive display to work with all types of oceanographic data, including highly complex computational oceanographic models, and hydrographic, geological and geochemical data including the effects of pollution on water masses.

"Fakespace Systems helped guide us toward the visualization system that best suited the SOC, and we were extremely pleased with the company's project management services," said Vic Cornell, IT Development Manager at SOC. "The PowerWall furthers the value of our extensive data assets by enabling large- scale visualization of complex relationships and better collaboration."

Other recent Fakespace Systems contracts in Europe include an immersive display system at Sheffield University, and a major service contract with an automotive manufacturer on the European continent.

Sharp Ships Notebook With 3D Screen
3D-News Posted: Monday, October 13, 2003 (22:11 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Sharp Electronics has released the Actius RD3D notebook, which sports a special 15-inch LCD screen that switches from standard two-dimensional mode to a stereoscopic one that creates a three-dimensional perspective.

When Sharp previewed the Actius RD3D in September, it touted the notebook as a tool for scientific applications such as computer-aided design and medical imaging. But with its release, the vendor is also highlighting entertainment applications such as movies and games.

The Actius RD3D sells for $3,299 from Sharp and through retailers. Key hardware features include a 2.8-GHz Intel Pentium 4 processor, 512MB of DDR SDRAM, a 60GB hard drive, and a DVD multidrive with DVD-R/-RW/RAM and CD-RW capabilities.

Sharp is bundling three titles with the RD3D: James Bond 007: Nightfire, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003, and Need For Speed Hot Pursuit 2. It's also including trailers from 3D movie provider NWave, the Personal CAChe for Windows 3D chemical modeling application, and Sharp's Smart Stereo Photo Editor to convert digital photos into 3D images. The Actius RD3D runs on Windows XP Professional.

How It Works

Although other monitor companies have also produced 3D LCDs, Sharp claims its technology is unique in allowing the screen to switch into a two-dimensional mode comparable in quality to standard LCD monitors. Some other designs use a ridged screen surface to direct different images to the left eye and the right eye, but Sharp's screen is identical to a regular screen on its surface.

In its 3D mode, the LCD displays two overlapping images, one showing the right-eye perspective and one showing the left-eye perspective. At the same time, Sharp's monitor switches on an LCD filter behind the main screen that restricts the angle of light beams illuminating the screen. As a result, the light passing through pixels displaying the right-side perspective is projected toward the viewer's right eye, and the light hitting pixels displaying the left-side perspective is projected to the left eye.

The effect works well only if the viewer is correctly positioned in front of the screen. Ian Matthew, Sharp's 3D business development manager, says users have a fair amount of flexibility forward and backward but will see the best images when sitting about 21 inches from the screen. Left-to-right movement is more restricted, although Matthew says two people sitting side by side can view the same monitor.

In 2D mode, the main screen displays a standard image and the LCD filter behind the screen becomes clear, allowing light from all angles to illuminate every pixel, as with a standard LCD. Sharp's Matthew says good 2D performance was an important development goal for the Actius RD3D, since most PC applications use two-dimensional graphics.

Sharp expects to ship a stand-alone desktop monitor sometime in 2004, he adds.

What's to See?

Few common applications are designed specifically for 3D displays, though many specialty applications exist. But Sharp representatives say 3D video games should automatically work with the Actius RD3D. Graphics card maker NVidia says users also need NVidia's graphics and 3D stereo driver, and run games in full-screen mode.

The notebook uses NVidia's GeForce4 440Go graphics card, and NVidia's graphics engine has long had the capability to break images from 3D games into left and right eye perspectives for use with stereoscopic shutter glasses and virtual reality head-mount displays. The same process can be used to send the required two images to Sharp's LCD, the company says.

NVidia and Sharp representatives say they have already verified that more than 900 games will take advantage of 3D viewing when running on the RD3D, including such popular titles as Deus Ex, Everquest, Sacrifice, and members of the Grand Theft Auto, Half-Life, Jedi Knight, Madden NFL, Quake, Tomb Raider, and Unreal Tournament series. NVidia representatives say they are continuing to test games.

Rival graphics card maker ATI, however, says NVidia's stereoscopic method may not work with newer video games, notably those using vertex shaders supported in Microsoft's DirectX 8 and DirectX 9 graphics APIs. These games don't send clear information to the graphics card about the viewer perspective, according to ATI. Consequently, these newer games will, at best, appear on the Sharp LCD the same as they do on a regular 2D monitor, ATI says.

NVidia stands by its assertion that the stereoscopic effect will work with DX8 and DX9 games with vertex shaders.

For its part, ATI says it is working on its own way to implement games - including DirectX 8 and DirectX 9 titles - on stereoscopic screens.

"We are working with a Tier 1 [notebook manufacturer] to deliver the same functionality," says Alexis Mather, ATI's technical marketing manager for mobile graphics. Mather says ATI is also working with software companies, including game manufacturers, to ensure that the newest titles work properly in stereoscopic mode.

Levis publishes 3D-Comic Book
3D-News Posted: Monday, October 13, 2003 (0:39 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Levis ComicAll over Europe, most venues stocking  ”Levi’s Type 1 Jeans” are handing out a  3D comic called "A Bold New Breed". A million copies of the first issue were printed in over five languages. The artist, John Higgins, created 22 pages of print-ready art within six weeks.

"A Bold New Breed # 1" was written by Jason Quinn & Grant Bonser and is likely to be followed by a second comic-book - although it's not known whether the second one will also be in 3D.

Shops also feature large-format window-displays in anaglyph 3D. They can be viewed with the red-blue anaglyph glasses available inside the shops.

Stereoscopic "Starlight Express"
3D-News Posted: Friday, October 10, 2003 (3:41 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Starlight Express tour world’s first for Inition 3D projection

Starlight Express

The U.S. touring production of Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s Starlight Express, designed by John Napier for Troika Entertainment, features the world’s first entertainment use of a British-designed stereoscopic video projection system.

The "Duality" projection system, designed by London-based 3D imaging specialists Inition, recreates the race track action that was an integral part of the original stage show at the Apollo Victoria, London.

Touring north American theatres, playing no more than a week in each city, meant the logistics of building the racetrack in each theatre were impossible to achieve.

So the producers turned to a completely new solution – full colour, high-resolution 3D back projection, using a specially developed high-brightness Duality rig.

Although 3D projection has featured in themed entertainment installations, this is the first time it has gone on the road. "The key elements," says Inition technical director James Gant, "are the high definition digital movie playback system and our Duality stereoscopic projection system, consisting of four 7700 lumen UXGA projectors."

Although 3D film projection has been around almost since the invention of movies, until recently digital projection systems have lacked the resolution and brightness to create sufficiently large scale 3D images for use in theatres.

The specifications of the playback system are demanding - two frame-synchronised UXGA (1600 x 1200) video channels at 30fps, along with 8 channels of audio. Inition worked with Muich-based IRIDAS who provided their Digital Cinema Playback System (DCPS) for the project. The DCPS playback systems are very compact, based on rackmounted Windows PCs from DVC in Germany.

Starlight Express

One of the most important demands of the system was achieving adequate brightness for the 30-foot screen. Inition’s most powerful Duality projection system to date consists of four UXGA 7700-lumen projectors, two for each channel (or eye), offering a bright, crisp image at this scale. Rear projection was a must to avoid building a front of house projection tower. This meant that, because of space limitations in certain theatres on the tour, super wide-angle lenses were used allowing a throw distance of under 25 feet.

The stereoscopic effect is created by mounting polarising filters on the lenses and providing the audience with polarising 3D glasses. The video footage is projected through these filters onto a special, non-depolarising screen.

The makers of the 3D film, Principal Media, introduced Lloyd-Webber’s Really Useful Group team to Inition during their work on the IMAX production of Giant Screen Bugs. Principal shot the race sequences using dual 70mm cameras and Inition provided a full-scale screening for Andrew Lloyd Webber in the IMAX cinema at Waterloo in London before it was shipped to the USA.

"I don’t think the audience realized that they were about to witness the real world debut of this technology, but once the show began they responded. Their gasps and ‘oohs’ made all the hard work worthwhile," says Inition creative director Andy Millns. "From my experience, this is a common reaction when people see modern 3D projection for the first time. They just can’t believe how good it is. A voice informs the audience that the race is about to begin and instructs them to put on their ‘safety goggles’. The audiences love it!"

"This is not just a first in theatre," adds Inition MD Stuart Cupit, "it’s a sign of things to come."

More Info: http://www.inition.co.uk

Barco incorporates "Stereo-Creator™" in its Galaxy WARP™ active stereo 3-chip DLP™ projector
3D-News Posted: Thursday, October 9, 2003 (13:22 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Single pipe image generators can now directly drive 3 channels at native SXGA (1280x1024pixels) resolution without additional scaler-, warping or blending boxes

Projecting a 3-channel stereo picture from a single pipe image generator was up to now a cumbersome undertaking, often involving compromises as to picture resolution quality and was not feasible without adding scalers, warping and blending boxes. With the Barco "Stereo-Creator™" built in, up to three blended stereo Barco Galaxy WARP™ projectors can now be driven by a single pipe image generator at SXGA resolution without any need for external equipment. Collaborative viewing of these pictures that contain considerable more native high-resolution data information will enable more accurate analysis and decision-making.

The patented proprietary electronics of the Barco "Stereo Creator™" process standard refresh rates (48 to 60 Hz) up to the very high refresh rates needed for stereo projection (104 Hz) inside the Barco Galaxy WARP™ stereo projector. This allows configuring a single pipe image generator to deliver three high-resolution SXGA channels (1280x1024pixels) at normal refresh rate to directly drive a 3- channel visualization display with Barco Galaxy WARP™ stereo projectors.

Advantages for the user are that the SXGA projectors are directly fed with native SXGA high-resolution information, containing far more detail, while extra costs for external scalers, warping or blending boxes are no longer needed. Possible artifacts and delays caused by this intermediate equipment are omitted and optimal image quality is reached.

Directly feeding the projectors with native SXGA high-resolution signals provides you with 3.6 million pixels of genuine detail (instead of 2.1 million pixels), considerably enhancing detail accuracy.

"One pipe image generators driving a 3-channel visualization display are quite popular," explains Hans Vandamme, product manager V&AR, " as it creates a large image in which nearly any application can be run. Moreover, the single pipe mode is compatible with nearly all software applications. Many installations still working with CRT projectors are looking to shift to brighter DLP™ projectors. However, common standard DLP™ projectors need a very high, 96 frames per second signal. Obtaining this high frequency rate from the image generator limits the computer graphics system to a maximum resolution of XGA (1024x768pixels) and calls for additional scalers, warping and blending boxes. Thanks to the Barco "Stereo-Creator™", single-pipe image generators can now be set to the much higher SXGA resolution (1280x1024pixels), delivering images with far superior detail without the need for any additional equipment."

The standard built-in geometric predistortion WARP™ capabilities allow to apply the solution on flat as well as on curved screen configurations.

The "Stereo-Creator™" offers unique advantages for immersive visualization applications in the fields of automotive design, oil and gas exploration and scientific research. The Barco "Stereo-Creator™", comes as an option to the Barco Galaxy WARP™ 3-chip DLP™ stereo projector. Projectors in the field can be upgraded with this option on demand.

FREE! Barco projects blended multi-channel stereo at full resolution direct from PC or workstation with "i-Stereo"
3D-News Posted: Thursday, October 9, 2003 (13:04 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Barco's proprietary developed "i-Stereo" is a worldwide first to produce a two-channel blend for passive stereo projection at full resolution from a single high bandwidth PC or workstation (>170 MHz). The Barco "i-Stereo software" is integrated in Barco SIM6 MKII, SIM6 Ultra, SIM6 MM, SIM4, Galaxy and Galaxy WARP Projectors and available free of charge for upgrade.

All graphic workstations and PC's with a high-resolution output (> 2,304 x 1,024 @60Hz) can, thanks to Barco i-Stereo, be used to project in 2 edge-blended channels at full resolution. This is done in a fully transparent way: each digital Barco projector defines the appropriate split and overlap zone to produce a blended left and right channel. As most current graphic boards feature two outputs, one output can be used for the left eye picture and a second for the right eye picture. Linear as well as circular polarization or Infitec can be used to create the stereo effect.



i-Stereo eliminates the need for expensive and bandwidth limiting intermediate image processing boxes. Hence, the projector’s high bandwidth is maintained, resulting in a higher image quality. The exceptional high bandwidth of Barco projectors can easily handle future evolutions in graphic board performance.



“The built-in new i-Stereo feature will incite new disciplines to discover the benefits of stereoscopic viewing while widening the application field of others,” explains Hans Vandamme, market development manager V&AR. “Flexibility is even more enhanced through its compatibility with Barco’s ‘Viewscape’ multi-image multi-screen processor, while in case of an active stereo source, the Barco Duet II can be used to convert this into two passive stereo signals.”

i-Stereo has been successfully implemented with a.o. SGI Octane2™, SGI Onyx2™, SGI Onyx™ 3000-series and off-the-shelf PC to drive a 2-channel edge-blended stereo CADWall™ at full SXGA resolution.

Installed Barco V&AR projectors can be upgraded in the field at travel and installation cost. List of upgradeable projectors is available on request.

For more information or a demonstration, please contact info.istereo@barco.com

Subtle Charm in Three Dimensions: Stereoscopic Exhibition in Padova, Italy
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, October 8, 2003 (19:01 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


From the Stereoscope (1850) to the View-Master (1950)

The MINICI ZOTTI Collection will show stereoscopes, optical instruments of the 19th century for 3D vision, stereo-viewers, original stereoviews of travels, many of Venice, of eroticism, of life street, of childhood, of medicine, of religion and many more …

The Megalethoscope, built in 1862 by the Ticino’s optician and photographer Carlo Ponti will be shown too. This viewer for large photo print format, through which it is possible to observe images, often with landscape subject and night and day effect can be considered a direct descendant of the pantoscope or "mondo niovo".

Some of the stereoscopes and View-Masters will be rebuilt to give the public the possibility to feel the strange emotion looking at the images in 3D.

The exhibition, presented for the first time in Padua, Italy, will be soon hosted in other cities.

A 196-page book in color, with english translations, will be published and is available for 25 EUR plus postage - showing most of the stereoscopes and View-Masters in the exhibit, and more than two-hundreds stereographs, through which to explore the most popular subjects of this particular type of vision. A lot of them will be digitally "translated" in anaglyphtic images, so that everyone will be able to appreciate 3D just looking at the book, thanks to the 3D glasses enclosed.

The exhibition will be organised in collaboration with Assessorato alla Cultura del Comune di Padova, with the contribution and pleading of Regione del Veneto and with pleading of Ministero dei Beni Culturali e Ambientali.

You can visit the exhibition in Padua, at the Caffè Pedrocchi from the 19th September to 19th October 2003. Opening times: everyday 9.00-13.30 and 14.30-18.00 o'clock. Closed on Monday

Cost: € 3,00 / € 2,00

For further information visit the web-site: www.minicizotti.it

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