3D-News Archive November 2004

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Icuiti 3D Lightweight Head Mounted Display
3D-News Posted: Sunday, November 28, 2004 (18:44 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

US based Icuiti chose the Japanese mobile phone market to launch their lightweight 3D Head mounted display.

The 3D glasses have on each side a 640×480 dot, 32 bit color display. The 3D glasses create a picture at a distance of 2 meters with a size of 42 inch. The HMD weighs only 70g.

Smallest Full Frame Stereoscopic Video Camera
3D-News Posted: Sunday, November 28, 2004 (18:39 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

21st Century 3D announced the immediate availability of the 3DVX, a newly developed stereoscopic 3D motion picture camera. This marks the latest addition to 21st Century 3D's line of innovative stereoscopic products, and raises the bar for live action 3D video recording devices. With the 3DVX, a cinematographer will be able to hold a 6 CCD progressive scan, digital video camera in the palm of his/her hand - an industry first. The high resolution stereoscopic viewfinder allows the operator to view shots in 3D as they are being photographed, and the built-in 3" flat LCD screen allows for additional handheld shooting flexibility. At only 8.5 lbs with tapes and batteries, the 3DVX is the smallest and lightest professional quality 3D motion picture camera ever developed.

Using two entirely discrete channels, the 3DVX records high quality progressive scan 3D imagery at 30 frames per second per eye. Doubling the spatial resolution of traditional interlace NTSC systems, the full frame progressive format offers 720x480 resolution for each eye view simultaneously. This ensures the highest possible quality available from standard definition sources while maintaining compatibility with off the shelf playback and recording devices as well as computer editing and special effects software. Left and right eye images are recorded onto low cost industry standard miniDV tape. The 3DVX features dual on board left and right recorders and is an entirely self-contained, battery powered unit.

Many previous 3D camera systems were limited to recording on a single tape in a field sequential 3D format that drastically reduced resolution and frame rate. In addition, non-simultaneous image capture introduced a noticeable temporal error into 3D recordings. These systems provide a half resolution, inaccurately synchronized, flickering image, or a jagged demultiplexed image that ultimately diminishes stereoscopic quality.

Other dual channel systems employ much larger cameras with beam splitters and other optical modifications. These arrangements increase weight and complexity while making the cameras ergonomically challenging to operate. By avoiding the use of any additional optics, the 3DVX maintains maximum portability, ease-of-use and low light sensitivity.

According to 21st Century 3D founder and 3DVX inventor Jason Goodman, "The camera has been field tested extensively. We have used it in outdoor weather conditions colder than 30 degrees Fahrenheit. We have also put it on a Tyler mount in a helicopter and hung it out the door at 65 mph. We have even strapped a car mount on an SUV and bumped and bounced it through the dirt and mud, monitoring the entire process via wireless head mounted display. It performed like a pro and we are excited to bring this breakthrough to the industry."

At the core of the 3DVX lies the highly advanced Panasonic AG-DVX100A, famous for its 24p operating modes. 21st Century 3D has taken the DVX100A into the next dimension with several proprietary modifications. Two DVX100A cameras have been linked and electronically synchronized for frame accurate stereoscopic recording; perfect sync is a critical component to recording accurate stereo 3D. The high-speed shutters are also locked allowing stereographers to stop fast action with fully synchronized electronic shutter speeds up to 1/1000th of a second. Critical body parts and controls have also been adapted to facilitate 3D recording.

Also announced today, 21st Century 3D has developed a new wireless 3D video tap for the 3DVX. This 2.4ghz device can run for more than six hours on a full charge. The video tap and its batteries occupy the space of a small backpack. The unit can easily be carried by an AC and allows the DP, director and other viewers to see what the 3DVX sees in real time and in 3D.

The system helps eliminate the guess work from the most complex shots. Using a 3D head mounted display and advanced wireless video technology, it allows for field sequential stereo to be broadcast from the camera directly to the pack. The unit has a range of approximately 700 feet in unobstructed landscape.

The 3DVX is available for rental only, exclusively through 21st Century 3D in New York.

Located in midtown Manhattan, 21st Century 3D is a leader in stereoscopic live action video production and animation, and an innovator in stereoscopic technology. For more information, please visit http://www.21stcentury3d.com.

Digital Signage Leader to Place Opticality's Glasses-Free 3D Screens
3D-News Posted: Sunday, November 28, 2004 (18:30 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Opticality Corp., the world's leading supplier of glasses-free 3D-enabled display screens, announced that it has entered into an assembly and distribution agreement for the U.S. and Canada with Mark IV Industries' Transportation Technologies business, a leading global provider of high resolution video displays for transportation and fixed installations.

Opticality's displays are the first 3D signage systems to be distributed by Mark IV Transportation Technologies, reflecting growing market interest in the potential of 3D technology to transform the signage industry. Mark IV is Opticality's largest U.S. distributor to date, its first distributor in anada, and the first company authorized to perform assembly functions for the opticality systems it sells.

"This is a watershed agreement in the world of 3D signage because of Mark IV's size and leadership in the information display arena," said Myles A. Owens, President and CEO of Opticality Corp. "Their commitment to our product line demonstrates Mark IV's faith in 3D displays as the next big leap in signage, and the fact that we have a key division of a company with $1.5 billion in annual revenues actively promoting our technology promises to accelerate the adoption of 3D display systems in a broad range of applications."

"Opticality's autostereoscopic screens represent a compelling alternative to the current generation of digital signage. They literally stop people in their tracks," said Avi Zisman, executive vice president of Mark IV's Transportation Technologies business. "With this relationship, we are offering a new technology that we believe will generate significant returns for marketers in many industries."

Opticality develops and markets autostereoscopic screens that make images appear to float both inside and in front of the screen without the need for special 3D viewing glasses, providing striking effects for point-of-purchase displays and many other applications. More than 1,000 of these systems have been deployed in 14 countries.

The company's large LCD and plasma 3D screens have been placed in airports, restaurants, bars, duty-free stores, shopping malls, liquor stores, corporate lobbies, tradeshows and exhibition centers, including 200 screens in Europe's Carrefour stores that constitute the world's largest network of 3D digital signs.

The company also offers smaller screens designed for cell phones, PDAs, automobile navigation systems, and military applications; and midsize screens intended for integration into medical imaging devices and gambling and arcade gaming machines.

Canadian 3D Diamond Coin
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, November 24, 2004 (14:28 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

From Canada's unlikely north comes a natural wonder that has fascinated humanity for thousands of years - diamonds!

These precious stones began forming billions of years ago when the immense ball of gas known as "earth" began to cool - they are the carbon crystals that formed in its semi-fluid mantle. Every time the earth erupted to release pressure from its core, these carbon crystals were carried away by the molten rock that flowed to the surface. The gem of all gems, diamonds had always been associated with the kimberlite craters of South Africa and Russia, so when geologists found the same volcanic rock in Canada's Northwest Territories, their hearts began to pound!

Scrambling to find the source of this surprise discovery, they retraced endless trails left by thousands of years of glacial activity and in 1991, pegged Lac de Gras as the kimberlite crater they were hoping for the first of many!

Virtually overnight, Canada rose to the heights of the diamond industry, its first mines unearthing some of the finest gems the world had ever seen - gifts from the heart of a planet to a northland billions of years away. Now you can enjoy Canada's newest natural wonder with the 2005 $20 Silver Hologram Coin - Diamonds. The latest issue in this innovative series, this 99.99% pure silver coin features a 3D hologram - a precision technique that's perfectly suited to capture all the shine and brilliance of a semi-cut diamond. The proof design in the background reveals the landscape surrounding Lac de Gras - home to the finest, most brilliant diamonds in the world! Shipping began November 1, 2004.

The MZTV Museum of Television & Archive Presents the Book Launch & Photo Exhibit of Chariots of Chrome: The Classic American Cars of Cuba
3D-News Posted: Monday, November 22, 2004 (14:22 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

On November 25, 2004, the MZTV Museum of Television in Toronto, Canada, will present the Book Launch of "Chariots of Chrome: The Classic American Cars of Cuba" followed by a month long Exhibit featuring photographs, 50s-style 3-D images and a digital presentation playing on the museum's historic TV sets. Simon Bell and George Fischer will talk about their work and sign copies of their latest book.

The Exhibit consists of selected photographs by Simon Bell and George Fischer of the classic cars in Cuba, enlarged and printed on archival matte paper. In addition there are six eye-popping 3-D images taken in Cuba by Simon Bell with his custom-made stereoscopic camera that are truly amazing to behold. And to round out the exhibit, the vintage television sets on display in the museum will be switched on to simultaneously run a DVD presentation based on images from the book.

Santa vs. The Snowman 3D on DVD
3D-News Posted: Monday, November 22, 2004 (14:10 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Available Now on DVD Just in Time for the Holidays From Universal Studios Home Entertainment

From the Academy Award(R)- nominated team behind Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius comes Santa Vs. The Snowman, a first-of-its-kind 3-D CGI animated comedy packed with laughs for the whole family. The brainchild of comic master Steve Oedekerk (Bruce Almighty, Ace Ventura and The Nutty Professor), Santa Vs. The Snowman became an instant holiday classic in its theatrical debut in IMAX(R) theaters around the world.

For the first time ever, this clever and irreverent tale featuring the voice talent of comedic favorites Ben Stein, Victoria Jackson and Jonathan Winters is coming to DVD just in time for the holidays. The laugh-out-loud DVD features both the 2-D and 3-D versions of the film and includes four pairs of 3-D glasses, making it the perfect gift for everyone on your "nice" list. VHS fans will enjoy the 2-D version of the film. Both the DVD and VHS are priced at $14.98 SRP ($9.95 MAP for VHS).

IMAX signs multiplex theatre deal in Russia
3D-News Posted: Saturday, November 13, 2004 (11:48 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

IMAX Corporation announced an agreement with Panorama Cinemas, a leading exhibitor in Perm, Russia, to install an IMAX(R) MPX(TM) theatre system in a new multiplex to be built in Perm, a city of just over 1 million people situated 800 miles east of Moscow.

The new Panorama Cinemas IMAX theatre will be part of a four-screen multiplex expected to open in late 2005, and will be capable of showing both 2D and IMAX(R) 3D films.

Virtual Showcases: Adding new dimensions to traditional museum displays
3D-News Posted: Friday, November 12, 2004 (18:48 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

A new technology has museum-goers asking, Is it real or is it virtual? Researchers have developed a new Augmented Reality (AR) technology that can replace traditional museum displays and shows promise for other applications.

"This new display technology brings AR technology closer to everyday life," says project Dr Ing Jörg Voskamp from the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics, leader of the IST project Virtual Showcases. "Before, people had to wear head-mounted displays to augment real objects or environments with additional information. With Virtual Showcases, users can visit augmented objects directly, and many people can view them at the same time."

The Virtual Showcase is a stereoscopic display system that looks similar to a standard museum showcase. Built from half-silvered mirrors, the sides of the showcase can simultaneously reveal the image of the encased exhibit – for example, the actual skull of a dinosaur – as well as reflect displayed computer graphics, such as 'virtual' skin, eyes or hair.

A Virtual Showcase can be filled with an exclusively virtual exhibit, allowing museums to display artifacts that aren't physically located in the building. The three-year project, which ended in August of this year, was a collaboration of research institutions, industrial companies, and public museums.

In the final phase of the project, three representative demonstrators were built, installed and evaluated in participating museums in Austria, Portugal and Germany. One demonstrator, 'Ancient Roman Tomb', uses stereoscopic video simulation to depict the cremation of a corpse in an ancient incineration ceremony.

"A high percentage of participants in early user-studies said the virtual objects appeared to be three-dimensional," says Dr. Ing. Oliver Bimber, who accompanied the project from its inception and is now with the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany, a subcontractor of the project. "Interestingly, a majority responded that they would prefer to visit a Virtual Showcase display rather than a traditional artifact exhibit of the same object."

In addition to science and technology applications, Virtual Showcases could demonstrate products at commercial events and in stores, and provide support material for lectures. Other potential applications include content management of databases, marketing and advertising, and entertainment and "edutainment".

A fourth demonstrator, the VS Kiosk, has been developed for marketing purposes. Using a minimum technical approach and lightweight construction, it marks the lower end of a possible product range for mid-volume markets. Products based on the VS Kiosk will be developed and marketed by Imagination Computer Services GesmbH in Vienna, Austria, one of the industrial members of the consortium.

Orbit Enables Aerodata to Provide Protected Image Data
3D-News Posted: Friday, November 12, 2004 (18:01 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Aerodata International Surveys has chosen Orbit technology to provide protected imagery data to its customers.

Using a personalized Aerodata Viewer based on Orbit GIS tools, Aerodata delivers high quality imagery in a protected format, only to be viewed by the Aerodata Viewer. The viewer allows any user to combine Aerodata imagery with local imagery or vector data.

Also Stereo Imagery is provided to the customers using the Orbit photogrammetry extension "Strabo". This Stereo Explorer extension is personalized to a Aerodata Stereo Viewer product, delivered to specialized customers to enable stereo viewing of aerial imagery, including superimposition of any vector data.

"Using the protected image format and the Aerodata viewer, we can provide faster and more cost-effective imagery data to our customers", says Fred Hagman, Managing Director of Aerodata International Surveys. "It also provides our customers with an easy to use visualisation tool in 3D and with this we expect an increasing demand for stereo imagery".

Strabo Digital Photogrammetry tools allow users to seamless browse through a large coverage of aerial imagery in stereoscopic view. This allows neat inspection of the terrain, and objects can be captured and registered in vector format (softcopy technique). Size and area can be measured and registered to make an inventory of damage and other objects.

The Strabo Stereo Explorer is a low-cost effective tool giving a large audience access to this type of quality data. Strabo is available for several platforms and supports most popular imagery formats. For more info, check http://www.orbitgis.com.

eDimensional Brings Mind-Blowing 3D to Gamers with New E-D Wireless Glasses
3D-News Posted: Friday, November 12, 2004 (3:26 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

E-D Wireless Glasses Enhance the Gaming Experience & Can Also Be Used to Watch DVDs and View Digital Photos in Real 3D

eDimensional, the leading manufacturer and worldwide distributor of cutting edge gaming and Virtual Reality accessories, announces the release of the new E-D Wireless Glasses.

eDimensional's new E-D Wireless Glasses instantly convert almost all existing PC video game titles into a mind-blowing 3D experience, giving players the most lifelike gaming environment ever created - literally putting them inside the game. Fighter planes seemingly buzz by just inches away, racecars zoom at awesome velocity, and roller coaster loop-de-loops are suddenly a stomach-churning reality.

In addition to enhancing the gaming experience, the proprietary E-D technology can also be used to watch DVDs and view digital photos in real 3D on any PC (CRT or LCD monitor).

"The gaming market has really exploded over the past few years," explains Michael Epstein, the 25-year old president of eDimensional. "As gamers ourselves, we always try to anticipate the evolving needs of the gaming community, and then develop the appropriate high tech product to surpass that demand. With our new E-D Wireless Glasses we are offering a lot more to experienced gamers - more interactivity, more immersion, more realistic graphics and more exciting effects - giving players a truly mind-blowing 3D experience."

Retailing for less than $100, the E-D Wireless package comes complete with one pair of glasses, one video synchronization module, one infra-red transmitter, and the patented eDimensional software. The comfortable, lightweight glasses come with standard inexpensive lithium cell batteries - the kind that can be found at any electronics store - and provide up to 100 hours of usage (extra batteries available for only one dollar each).

Installation of the E-D Wireless Glasses is a snap with no USB or serial ports required. Simply install the patented software, plug in the adapter to any standard PC, and then sit back and enjoy the best gaming experience ever. The E-D system uses an infrared transmitter for wire-free operation of the glasses. A dual-emitter transmitter is utilized to give the widest viewing angle and range possible and to beam a signal to perfectly synchronize the refresh rate of the monitor with the glasses. This transmission also allows for additional users who have their own pair of E-D Wireless Glasses.

For viewing of DVDs and digital photos, eDimensional offers their 3D Plus software ($39.95) and 3D Combine software ($19.95) that converts your favorite movie titles and memories to true 3D. A Wired version of the E-D Glasses is available for under $70.

Another eDimensional product for gamers of every age and experience level is Voice Buddy, the world's first truly interactive voice control for gaming. The company's powerful proprietary speech engine eliminates hours of tedious training and is available for numerous top-selling games, including IL-2 Sturmovik, Combat Flight Simulator, LOMAC, MS Flightsim, Doom 3, Halo, Farcry and many more. The Voice Buddy starter program sells for $49.95 and each game-specific version is only $9.95.

StereoGraphics Releases the SynthaGram Content Creation Suite; Plug-Ins Create SynthaGram Glasses-Free 3D Content Using 3ds max, Maya, and Photoshop
3D-News Posted: Saturday, November 6, 2004 (14:08 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

StereoGraphics(R) Corporation, the world's leading supplier of Stereo3D(TM) visualization products, has released the SynthaGram(TM) StereoVue(TM) Content Creation Suite. The suite of plug-ins allows users to create SynthaGram Glasses-Free 3D(TM) stills and animation from within 3ds max, Maya, and Photoshop. The content creation suite has very simple licensing - it is included in the price of a SynthaGram monitor, and 30-day evaluations are also available.

Lenny Lipton, StereoGraphics Founder, Chairman, and CEO, said, "These robust plug-ins will allow our base of SynthaGram customers and developers to use popular content creation applications to create stunning glasses-free 3D content. They are easy to use, and easy to license."

The 3ds max plug-in currently works with 3ds max versions 3-6, the Maya plug-in currently works with Maya versions 4.5-6.0, and the Photoshop plug-in works with Photoshop versions 6-CS. As newer versions of 3ds max, Maya and Photoshop are released, the plug-ins will be updated and will be available for download at no additional cost.

The Photoshop plug-in converts 2D image data to stereo, while the 3ds max and Maya plug-ins work by rendering 3D scenes.

Pricing and Availability

The plug-ins are available immediately, and are included in the price of a SynthaGram monitor. Existing SynthaGram customers may download the plug-ins for free by going to http://www.stereographics.com/content_creation_suite. A SynthaGram serial number will be needed to download the plug-ins.

In situations where the plug-ins are to be used to create content for a third-party, there might be a charge to license the plug-ins. Contact StereoGraphics for full details.

Initial installation support is provided free of charge by StereoGraphics. Support incidents after installation will require a $100 charge per support incident.

For more information on or for free 30-day evaluations of the Content Creation Suite, please contact StereoGraphics by calling 1 (800) 783-2660 (outside the United States, 1 (415) 459-4500).

"House of Wax" re-scheduled - More 3D-Movies in Hamburg in January and March 2005
3D-News Posted: Friday, November 5, 2004 (13:54 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

"House of Wax" - originally scheduled to play on Saturday, November 6th, 2004 in Hamburg, will now be shown on Saturday. November 27th, 2004.

"Fantastic Invasion of Planet Earth (The Bubble)" will be shown on Saturday, January 15th, 2005 in the English, followed by "Andy Warhol's Frankenstein" in German on Saturday, March 5th, 2005.

All projections will start at 7pm at the Metropolis-Kino, Dammtorstrasse 30a, 20354 Hamburg (Germany).

Namco Develops Low-cost 3D Display Technology
3D-News Posted: Tuesday, November 2, 2004 (20:04 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Namco, a Japanese entertainment company (best-known for its 1980's game hit "Pac-Man"), has announced that it has successfully developed a patent-pending 3D display technology for ordinary PCs, called "Fractional View."

It employs a flat-panel display and a Lenticular lens to show high-quality 3D pictures, requiring no special 3D glasses and hardware.

The technology opens up new possibilities for designing games and graphical user interfaces going forward.

Depthography Lenticular Art Opening November 6 in New York
3D-News Posted: Tuesday, November 2, 2004 (19:52 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

An exhibition of Depthography's Lenticular art is opening November 6th from 6-8 pm at the Proposition Gallery located at 559 W. 22nd Street, New York City.

Featured lenticular artists include Robert Munn, Sara Cook, Jackie Chang & Dr. Revolt. The show runs through December 11th.

Mott College Experiments With 3D Visualization Tools
3D-News Posted: Tuesday, November 2, 2004 (19:47 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Mott Community College, a sponsor of GLIMAEast, is experimenting with a 3D visualization system that it hopes will teach its students about rapid prototyping. Tom Crampton, Executive Dean for Regional Technology Initiative, also said he hopes the 3D equipment becomes a magnet to attract even more engineering students to Mott.
"We've got a couple hundred students in our design programs," Crampton said. "The technology also could draw more students to Mott."

Mott also is heavy in health care education. The school could teach health care professionals to use the technology to precisely locate tumors and other abnormalities due to the highly realistic rendering of the human body that 3DH provides. Another tool, called virtual surgery, allows doctors to remove tissue on the hologram first, giving the insight to how a surgical procedure will be performed.

"Our faculty also wants to use it in health care, so we could probably have 500 to 600 students at Mott using it in the fourth quarter," Crampton said.

The technology was traded to Mott by 3DH Corp. of Knoxville, Tenn., for content and other considerations. 3DH is an R&D facility and plans to work with manufacturers to get its products into the marketplace. CEO Lynn Cundiff said his 3D HoloProjection system composed of three computers equipped with 3D software and two projectors. Students will use glasses with polarized lenses to view objects in three dimensions. They'll also get a camera system for them to film live people and events. Will be delivered in a week or two. Another component will let Mott do 3D holoconferencing. The first components were delivered a month ago.

The technology actually has been around for a hundred years and was used in stereo opticoms of the 19th century. 3D also made a comeback in the 1950s in movie theaters, but the cheap paper glasses and poor optics made a lot of movie goers sick. 3DH's new wrinkle is the software, which takes into account 23 psychological parameters, meaning no motion sickness when you view the 3D images.

"We can put a chair in the middle of your office and your mind will accept that chair is there," he said. "That's the process part. We developed two software programs that work inside this system that allows us to take data and run it through one system. You can then examine parts of a body. A 3D MRI scan look at your heart in real time and let doctors work through it millimeter by millimeter to see how the valves are functioning."

3DH's game plan is to install the equipment in about 10 colleges to demonstrate its viability to the world. Mott is the Michigan recipient. Users eventually will be charged from $3,000 to $90,000 for the system and an annual fee to download 3D content.

The Polar Express: an IMAX 3D Experience Makes Cinematic History as the World's First Hollywood Feature Film in IMAX(R) 3D
3D-News Posted: Tuesday, November 2, 2004 (19:39 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Worldwide IMAX Digitally Re-Mastered Release Tickets are on Sale Now at Select IMAX(R) Theatres Opening Starting November 10th

Warner Bros. Pictures will release The Polar Express: An IMAX 3D Experience, the first Hollywood full- length feature ever converted into IMAX® 3D, beginning Wednesday, November 10th. The highly anticipated film is the widest worldwide release ever for an IMAX digitally re-mastered movie, with more than 70 IMAX® Theatres opening the film simultaneously with the 35mm release. This breakthrough in filmmaking combines innovative Performance Capture technology, state-of-the-art CGI and the magic of IMAX 3D technology. The resulting 3D images enable audiences to experience the adventure, drama and emotion of The Polar Express with the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience®. With IMAX 3D, images virtually leap off the IMAX screen with a blend of realism and fantasy unlike anything seen before.

"The Polar Express is the perfect match for the depth and visual impact of IMAX 3D," says Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Theatrical Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. "Every scene is dazzlingly vivid and cast on a grand scale. As filmgoers ourselves, we're very excited and proud to offer this state-of-the-art theatrical experience to audiences through our continuing partnership with IMAX. The fact that The Polar Express: An IMAX 3D Experience is the widest IMAX digitally re-mastered release to-date is testament to the excitement building around this spectacular holiday film."

The Polar Express has undergone a process by which the conventional 2D, computer-generated film is converted into 3D and then digitally re-mastered into IMAX's larger than life format using IMAX DMR® technology. Once the IMAX DMR process is complete, the film format for The Polar Express: An IMAX 3D Experience will be 10 times larger than its original. With special IMAX 3D glasses, the movie appears to have depth beyond and in front of the screen - adding to the already stunning visual clarity. When combined with the more than 12,000 watts of digital surround sound in IMAX theatres, moviegoers to The Polar Express: An IMAX 3D Experience are guaranteed an immersive and extraordinary cinematic experience.

The Academy Award®-winning team of Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Cast Away) reunite for this inspiring holiday adventure based on the classic Caldecott Medal-winning children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

Live 3D Surgery To Be Transmitted From Detroit To Mumbai, India
3D-News Posted: Tuesday, November 2, 2004 (14:43 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

A live, real time, 3-D transmission of a surgery from Henry Ford Hospital to a medical meeting in Mumbai (Bombay) India will take place on November 1. The images will be transmitted on Monday, at 8pm from Henry Ford Hospital, recieved in Mumbai at 6:30 am, Tuesday, November 2, in India.

The robotic prostatectomy operation will be transmitted from the hospital by fiber optic cable to Singapore, then via satellite to India, where the signal will be fed to a large screen at a medical convention.

The surgery will be viewed by 1,500 physicians wearing special 3-D glasses at the World Congress of Endourology being held in Mumbai.

The operation will be shown as a teaching tool for urologists. It will be the first time ever that an operation has been transmitted across the globe in 3-D. This required developing new transmission standards.

The robotic procedure is a computer-enhanced, minimally invasive surgery that provides many benefits over conventional surgery. Doctors use a robotic arm to perform surgery while looking at an image magnified 35 times.

This improves control over the instruments and increases the ability to identify areas where cancer may have spread. Patients who choose robotic surgery over other options have less pain, fewer complications, shorter hospital stays, faster recovery, earlier return of urinary control, improved sexual function and less internal scarring.

The special, one-of-a-kind operating room at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan was designed and built with 3-dimensional technology and is enhanced by two 60-inch by 80-inch flat projection screens, advanced lighting, and a data monitoring and intercom system.

The entire surgical team will wear special polarized glasses during surgery. The benefit of everyone seeing in 3-D is that they will all be synchronized.

New 3D Display from South Korea
3D-News Posted: Tuesday, November 2, 2004 (14:41 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

A full-color auto stereoscopic three-dimensional display, which can be viewed without glasses, has been developed by researchers in South Korea. The team based at Seoul National University use color-dispersion-compensated (CDC) synthetic phase holograms on a spatial light modulator (SLM) to generate 3D images and video. Each left or right stereo input image is separated into red, green and blue primary color components. Simulation results revealed a large signal-to-noise ratio, high diffraction efficiency and a low reconstruction error. The team put their concept to the test using a one phase-type SLM, three laser diode sources (lambda = 635, 532 and 472 nm) and a projection lens module. Despite some speckling from the use of high coherence laser diodes, the researchers were able to observe a real 3D image with a high depth effect.

X3D Technologies Receives Strategic Investment of $10 Million, Changes Name to Opticality Corporation
3D-News Posted: Tuesday, November 2, 2004 (14:29 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Funding Will Support Rapid Growth of the Company's Glasses-Free 3D Displays

X3D Technologies Corp., the world's leading supplier of glasses-free 3D-enabled display screens, announced on October 26th that it has closed a $10 million Preferred A round of financing to support ongoing expansion initiatives. The company also has changed its name to Opticality Corporation, effective immediately.

Geneva-based MCT Global Opportunities Fund was the sole investor in the round, validating the company's decision to focus on 3D technologies that eliminate the need for special viewing glasses rather than its original glasses-based products. The company's glasses-free systems make images appear to float inside and in front of the screen, providing striking effects for point-of-purchase displays and many other applications.

"There is a remarkable appetite in the marketplace for the experience created by the company's display technologies. That demand will continue to grow as more screens are deployed under the leadership of new CEO Myles A. Owens," said Gustav Stenbold, Managing Director of MCT Global Opportunities Fund.

"We have already deployed more than 1,000 of our glasses-free systems in 14 countries and various vertical markets, and the response has been remarkable," Owens said. "With this investment we can continue to aggressively invest in marketing and research and development projects that will further extend our leadership position in the glasses-free 3D display market."

The company's large LCD and plasma autostereosopic screens have been placed in airports, restaurants, bars, duty-free stores, shopping malls, liquor stores, corporate lobbies, tradeshows, exhibition centers and many other locations, including 200 screens in Europe's Carrefour stores that constitute the world's largest network of 3D digital signs.

The company also offers smaller screens designed for cell phones, PDAs, automobile navigation systems, and military applications; and midsize screens intended for integration into medical imaging devices and gambling and arcade gaming machines.

Pakistani Government to Introduce Country's First IMAX(R) Theatre as Part of Education and Entertainment Center
3D-News Posted: Tuesday, November 2, 2004 (14:21 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

On October 25th, IMAX Corporation and the Government of Punjab Province, Pakistan announced an agreement to install the first ever IMAX theatre in Pakistan. The theatre will be located in Lahore, Pakistan, and be part of a multi-function shopping and entertainment park the Punjab Government is developing. The agreement was reached on September 28th, construction will begin soon and the park is expected to open by September 2005.

"This signing is a testament to the worldwide appeal of The IMAX Experience and its ability to transcend culture and language," said co-chairmen and co-CEOs Richard L. Gelfond and Bradley J. Wechlser. "Audiences from San Francisco to Kuwait to Shanghai have been 'wowed' by our educational documentaries, as well as blockbuster Hollywood films converted into IMAX's format, and are paying a premium price for this powerful cinematic experience. We're proud to be entering the country with the support of the Punjab Government and excited to bring IMAX to the people of Pakistan."

"The IMAX Experience is drawing big crowds around the world, and it will provide a compelling reason for Pakistani people and tourists to visit our shopping and entertainment park-driving traffic to the surrounding attractions as well," said Taimur Azmat Osman, Secretary of Information and Culture and Youth Affairs, the Government of the Punjab. "The Lahore IMAX Theatre will offer our citizens a way to learn about space travel, explore the ocean floor and experience some of today's biggest Hollywood releases in the most immersive film format. We very much look forward to introducing IMAX for the first time in Pakistan."

The Lahore IMAX Theatre will serve as an anchor for a shopping and entertainment park that will include retail outlets, a food court, bowling alleys and other attractions. The theatre will be capable of showing IMAX and IMAX 3D films, feature a 12,000-watt digital surround sound system, and be among IMAX's largest, with a screen towering 71 feet high by 95 feet wide and the capacity to seat nearly 700. The first signing in Pakistan follows on IMAX's recent expansion in China, India and Russia, where consumer demand has helped fuel growth of the IMAX theatre network.

Etudes in Red and Cyan by Jim Harp at the 3D Center of Art and Photography
3D-News Posted: Tuesday, November 2, 2004 (14:04 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

"Etudes in Red and Cyan" features anaglyphs by Jim Harp. Harp uses anaglyphs to restore and display antique stereo images from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Many of the anaglyphs begin from glass negatives and contain an astounding amount of detail. His large anaglyph prints will be displayed and viewed with red and cyan glasses provided by the Center.

Accompanying Harp's exhibit is Art in Depth, a slide show of 3D conversions by Jim Long. Long converts classic two dimensional paintings to 3D slides. The images are compiled in a breathtaking show which is projected every hour.

The 3D Center also houses a collection of antique and contemporary stereo cameras, viewers and other devices. Information panels and interactive displays explain the phenomenon of 3D vision. The Center's collection of stereocards are available for viewing and the reference library is open to visitors. There are daily 3D slide projections.

Open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays from 1 pm until 5 pm. Open First Thursday from 4pm until 9 pm. Admission by donation. 1928 NW Lovejoy, Portland/Oregon, USA. Tel.: 1 (503) 227-6667, Web: www.3dcenter.us.

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