3D-News Archive October 2004


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eDimensional Announces Exclusive New LCD Screen Support for 3D Glasses
3D-News Posted: Thursday, October 14, 2004 (13:29 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


eDimensional, Inc. the leading manufacturer and distributor of consumer PC Virtual Reality products and accessories including the critically acclaimed E-DTM 3D Gaming Glasses, is pleased to announce the release of exclusive new support for LCD monitors for viewing with the 3D Glasses. The new eDimensional 3D Glasses are the first and only stereoscopic glasses to support LCD monitors.

Utilizing proprietary new polarization techniques and synchronization module, the new eDimensional 3D glasses will allow the user to view both a CRT and LCD screen in stunning, true 3D. Along with exclusive support for all video cards, the new eDimensional glasses can now be used on any PC as well as any monitor.

eDimensional executive Michael Epstein underscores this latest advancement in 3D; "LCD monitors are rapidly being adopted by our tech-savvy customers. Thankfully, in another eDimensional exclusive, we have now developed the technology that will allow our glasses to support all LCD monitors and meet the new demands of today's gaming consumers. Our customers can now enjoy incredible 3D, regardless of what components make up their rig."

The eDimensional LCD-compatible glasses and other reality-enhancing gaming gear are available now through the company website, www.eDimensional.com.

eDimensional was founded in 2000, dedicated to creating the most realistic gaming and entertainment experience possible. eDimensional has grown rapidly and emerged as the leading manufacturer and worldwide distributor of cutting-edge gaming accessories. Our flagship product, the E-D 3-D Gaming System, was released to critical acclaim. It has since received an unprecedented number of awards and accolades for providing the most realistic PC viewing experience. Our patented stereoscopic conversion software is the most robust 3D gaming platform ever created.

We have since used our expertise developing compelling virtual reality products and software to launch a complete product line of innovative gaming accessories including intuitive voice control, motion tracking, and interactive headsets. At eDimensional, there is something for every gamer to enjoy and your ultimate satisfaction is guaranteed on all of our products. Please visit http://www.eDimensional.com.

3D Visions: Stereography by Robert Bloomberg
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2004 (1:54 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


A Retrospective of Stunning 3D Stereoscopic Images

One of the world's leading contemporary stereoscopic photographers, Robert Bloomberg, will present several of his most acclaimed 3-D multi-media works on Sunday, November 7, 2004 at 2:00 PM, at The National Heritage Museum in Lexington, Massachusetts.

This program, presented by Stereo New England / NE3D, represents some of Mr. Bloomberg's most celebrated and recognized work in the areas of stereo still photography and original musical composition. The award-winning short programs will be shown in a large-screen, multi-projector presentation that is open to the general public and is free of charge.

THE PROGRAM:

Variations On A Screen: A Duet For Camera & Computer (1995, 6 min.)
A blend of traditional stereo photography and whimsical computer manipulation.

The City Quakes: The S.F. Earthquakes of 1906 & 1989 (1992, 15 min.)
This historic show features rare stereo images of the San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906 as well as dramatic 3D photos of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.

Portrait Of Tuscany (1998, 14 min.)
A dreamlike view of one of the most charming places on earth, with each photographic image flowing poetically into the next
Best of Show, Stereo Theater, National Stereoscopic Association Conference, 1998

~intermission~

Hidden Stereo Treasures (1997, 6 min.)
A tongue-in-cheek look at some highly unusual and unlikely stereo cameras.

About Face, A Show Of Masks (2000, 6 min.)
A dramatic sampling of this universal art form, featuring 70 masks from 14 countries.

Day Of The Dead (1999, 11 min.)
Once a year, at the beginning of November, the souls of the dead return for a unique homecoming. This show follows the preparations for this remarkably joyous festival. Filmed in Oaxaca and Mixquic, Mexico.

Frogs & Friends (1997, 12 min.)
Frogs as you've never seen them before, with stereo macro cameras providing stunning close-up detail. This show features some of the world's most colorful creatures; from the tiny jewel-like golden mantella to the giant, cannibalistic Argentine horned frog. The "friends" range from a shy chameleon to a friendly whale.
Best of Show, Stereo Theater, National Stereoscopic Association Conference, 1997

~intermission~

The Lost Temples Of Angkor (2002, 30 min.)
A thousand years ago the great Khmer civilization arose in the jungles of Cambodia and eventually dominated all of Southeast Asia. The magnificent architecture and exquisite sculpture of its temples illustrate the myths, religions and history of this remarkable culture. After years of terror under the Khmer Rouge followed by war and instability, Angkor is again open to foreign visitors. Now a World Heritage Site, the ruins include Angkor Wat, the largest religious structure in the world.
Best of Show, Stereo Theater, National Stereoscopic Association Conference, 2002

Mr. Bloomberg will present the program and also be available for a discussion and questions regarding his works and techniques.

About The Artist
Robert Bloomberg received his BA in art/music from U.C. Berkeley and MA in cinematography from S.F. State University. His passion for 3D began in 1980, and over the past 24 years he has produced an
exceptional and highly-acclaimed body of work. His prize-winning multi-media shows have been featured at the San Francisco Exploratorium, Oakland Art Museum as well as national and international stereo conventions. In June of 2000, as director of the stereo theater at the National Stereoscopic Association (NSA) convention in Mesa, Arizona, he produced the world's first 3-D Dive-In Theater. Currently, Mr. Bloomberg serves as the Northern California Director of the NSA and 3-D Technical advisor for the Photographic Society of America. Equally talented in music composition and performance, he composes and performs the original soundtracks for his shows.

About Stereo New England / NE3D
SNE/NE3D is a New England club of 3D photographers and those who appreciate the art of 3D imaging. The group meets four times a year at the National Heritage Museum in Lexington, MA, for meetings, which typically include presentation of members' 3D images, a featured 3D program, auction, show-and-tell and announcements relating to 3D. The public is always welcome to attend. SNE/NE3D is sponsoring this special 3D event to promote appreciation of the art of 3D imaging and to express our appreciation to the National Heritage Museum.

For more information see http://www.NE3D.org and http://www.sne3d.org.

Telcast takes Future TV to another dimension
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2004 (1:48 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Germany's Telcast Media Group has signed a 3-D deal with Middle East broadcaster Future TV which will see a new campaign roll out across the region.

A first for the Arab world, Future will launch a cross-regional 3-D campaign with Telcast's 3-D TV glasses and integrated 3-D programming segments within the broadcaster's existing programmes.

The deal is the first for Telcast in the region, and will be backed by a major brand. The company intends to concentrate on the Middle East in the expansion of its camera network and broadcast clients.

Tewe Pannier, managing director of Telcast Media Group, said: "The Middle East media industry is exploding and rapidly modernizing. The Middle East media culture is the perfect incubator for Telcast branded content."

Telcast has pioneered a variety of technologies during the past 15 years which have brought brands, broadcasters and retailers together in a 'virtuous circle' partnership. It has rolled out campaigns using 3D and Dot technology in a variety of markets to drive viewers to retail stores and back to TV.

Pannier told C21: "Brand owners are integrating with television channels much more. We have a number of propositions which work to drive viewers to the point of sale and consumers to the screen. Our EarthTV network is another platform that is developing fast. We currently have 70 cameras worldwide, and hope to grow that to 300 within the next two years. The implications for developing a number of formats around this network are significant."

The Telcast system is based on the Pulfrich Effect.

Viking Systems, Inc. Introduces Three-Dimensional Vision System for Minimally Invasive Surgery
3D-News Posted: Tuesday, October 12, 2004 (13:20 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Viking Systems, Inc., a medical products company focused on integrated solutions for the digital surgical environment, today announced the launch of its new EndoSite 3Di Visualization System at the American College of Surgeons (ACS) 90th Annual Clinical Congress. Designed for use in minimally invasive surgery (MIS) procedures, this new system delivers significant advancements in three-dimensional visualization capabilities, unparalleled freedom of movement and comfort during MIS procedures and on-demand access to secondary clinical information. Viking Systems will be demonstrating this new system in their booth (#358) from Oct. 11 to Oct. 14.

The EndoSite 3Di Digital Vision System provides three-dimensional stereoscopic vision enabling enhanced depth perception and surgical precision while at the same time allowing surgeons to remain engaged with their patient. Through the patented Head Mounted Display (HMD), each member of the surgical team can have high-resolution, stereoscopic images delivered directly to their natural line of sight. Ergonomically designed, the HMD provides unmatched comfort and drastically reduces surgical fatigue caused by standard vision systems as surgeons strain for hours to view the surgical field on less accommodating two-dimensional monitors. In essence, this system creates an immersive surgical environment providing MIS surgeons with the vision quality and the sense of open surgery.

In addition, the Endosite 3Di Digital Vision System provides real-time, critical information to the surgeon through Infomatix(TM), the system's digital information platform. Infomatix(TM) allows voice-activated, picture-in-picture presentation of existing diagnostic images and live secondary video. Easy access to this information, without the need to divert attention from the surgical field, equips surgeons to perform accurately and quickly while also facilitating an informed decision-making process during surgery.

"Using Viking's EndoSite 3Di Digital Vision System has enhanced our ability to perform accurate and precise laparoscopic, bariatric and general surgery procedures. It improves quality of care and outcomes by offering even our most challenging patients the ability to have a minimally invasive procedure," stated Robin Blackstone, M.D., a leading bariatric surgeon at Scottsdale Healthcare and Medical Director, Balance Bariatric Program, Scottsdale Bariatric Center.

"Viking Systems remains dedicated to the goal of influencing improved surgical outcomes by providing surgical teams with solutions that enhance their capabilities and performance," commented Tom Marsh, CEO of Viking Systems. "The EndoSite 3Di Digital Vision System fulfills the greatest unmet needs of minimally invasive surgeons today. It delivers the most advanced and complete vision possible, both through three-dimensional imaging as well as through the information platform, Infomatix. In addition, it takes into account the comfort of surgeons and their inherent need to be connected with the patient at all times during surgery. We are pleased to introduce this innovation in MIS capability to the surgical community at such an important industry event."

Sanyo Develops 3-D Car Navigation System Display
3D-News Posted: Friday, October 8, 2004 (16:24 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Sanyo Electric Co. has developed a three-dimensional stereoscopic display for use in car navigation systems.

Using its own proprietary technology combined with a high-resolution liquid crystal display, the firm created a device capable of showing high-quality images in 3-D. Because the display creates the illusion that images are floating on top of it, car navigation system users are said to be able to easily grasp their current surroundings, such as the locations of buildings and intersections.

3Dsolar Ltd Introduces Holographic-like 360-Degree 3D Imaging Hardware and Screen Technology
3D-News Posted: Tuesday, October 5, 2004 (0:54 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Prototype to Debut at NVIDIA Oct. 25 in Santa Clara, California and Innovact in Reims, France, October 5-7

3Dsolar Ltd (http://www.3Dsolar.com) display devices are set to transform the way individuals experience multimedia content both at work and home. For the very first time, computer users will be able to view 3D objects hovering a few inches away from a screen that rotates 380 degrees - without wearing glasses. The stand-out feature is the way users will be able to manipulate the virtual image directly with their hands as they would a real object.

Because the images are created using a single 2D view, content providers will not have to incorporate hundreds or thousands of separate images to create the 3Dsolar effect, thus enabling them to re-focus on their core business and develop 3D images more rapidly.

"3Dsolar is light years beyond Holography and autostereoscopy in that designers can create images that are highly detailed in color, design and animation," said Patrick Levy Rosenthal, inventor of 3Dsolar.

"3Dsolar technology is true innovation for businesses of all kinds," added Mr. Levy Rosenthal. "Imagine a 3Dsolar screen displaying selected store products 8 inches away from the actual retail store window and offering the passerby the possibility to interact with the virtual objects."

The 3Dsolar device projects the Windows or MAC desktop image into the air whereby users click on icons for manipulation. Its high resolution guarantees quality output with ideal contrast, brightness and color behavior, thus enabling accurate and precise visualization without straining the eyes.

3Dsolar devices in small-scale production cost approximately US $5,000. However, the company anticipates large-scale production to reduce costs to approximately US $1,500.

3Dsolar Software Development Kit (SDK) is free of charge, allowing CAD designers, animation creators, developers, and content providers to view and present their work on 3Dsolar.

"A 3Dsolar prototype has been shown to experts, engineers, and potential customers, and we are proud to report that the initial response has been enthusiastic," said Mr. Levy Rosenthal. "Additionally, on May 14, 2004, a 3Dsolar prototype was presented to the French Minister of Research, Mr. Francois d'Aubert and former Minister of Finance, Mr. Arthuis, both of whom were very impressed with the product."

Historic Photo Exhibition at Padova, Italy
3D-News Posted: Sunday, October 3, 2004 (16:40 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Between October 16th and November 20th, a 3D photo exhibition will be shown at Padova's "Libreria Pangea". The travel-bookshop, located at Via S. Martino e Solferino 106, will show 24 historic photographs about Yosemite Valley by Underwood and Underwood, both as stereo pairs and as anaglyphs.

The exhibition was organized by Antonello Satta. During the opening on October 16th at 5.30pm, Mr. Satta will also show an audiovisual show "i Pionieri delle fotografia di montagna".

The bookshop is open on monday from 3.30pm to 7.30pm and tuesday through saturday from 9.30am to 12.30pm and 3.30pm to 7.30pm.

Sharp 3D Software Developers Program Showing Incredible Growth
3D-News Posted: Sunday, October 3, 2004 (16:13 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


3D Developer Program more than Doubles its Size

Sharp Systems of America, a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation, reports that following the introduction of the LL-151-3D LCD flat panel monitor, Sharp's 3D Display Developer Program has more than doubled its size with the amount of participants increasing to over 100 participants through September.

"There is a growing feeling of excitement in the software developer community about the potential that 3D display technology presents and an increasing amount of very talented and creative software developers have been jumped on-board to explore the possibilities," said Ian Matthew, 3D Business Development Manager for Sharp Systems of America. "3D is the next evolution of LCD technology, and it's only a matter of time before it finds its way into the mainstream. These early adopting developers will prove to be valuable resources at every step of the way and will be a credit to the market as 3D technology finds its way into the mainstream."

"Sharp's advanced 3D display technology allows users to interact with 3D scenes in stereo without needing glasses, on both a portable laptop and a desktop monitor," said Mike Heck, Chief Technical Officer, 3D Visualization Group, Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. "With the resources of Sharp's 3D Developer Program, adding support for the Sharp 3D Display technology was easy. As a result of this collaboration, application developers using the latest version of the Open Inventor(TM) toolkit as their graphics platform can now take full advantage of Sharp's stereo display technology without having to change their code."

The majority of participants in Sharp's 3D Developer Program consist of developers in the medical industry, including drug development and medical imaging applications such as surgical preparation and diagnosis. Other participants in the program include developers in orthodontics, mapping/GIS, oil & gas, CAD and other computer aided design applications, entertainment, education, government, and others.

"There is an increasing amount of inquiry about the potential for gaming that 3D technology presents," said Matthew. "3D display technology offers the ability to present a more genuine interaction in the gaming environment, and some creative game developers are pouncing on the opportunity to stake their claim as a leader in 'real' 3D gaming. Sharp is excited to see a steadily growing enthusiasm for 3D display technology. We're committed to supporting these developers through our 3D Display Developer Program and will do what we can to provide them the tools to success."

Sharp's 3D Display Developer Program

Sharp's 3D Display Developer Program is a free program designed to assist software developer's support of the new 3D display technology that allows 'out of the screen' 3D visualization without 3D glasses. The developer program is open to all software developers who wish to write or modify existing software to support the Sharp 3D display and offers the following benefits:

  • A fully documented software developers kit
  • Discounts on 3D Display products
  • Special website area for technical support
  • Membership to the Sharp3D Partners Program including link to the developer's website
  • Joint marketing opportunities
More information on the program can be found at http://www.Sharp3D.com.

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