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Fakespace Delivers New Visualization System Technology to University of California, Davis Campus
3D-News Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2005 (18:38 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Tiled PowerWall(TM) for Collaborative Data Visualization Is First to Use New XGA Native Resolution Active Stereoscopic Projection

Fakespace Systems Inc. announced that they have completed the installation of the world's first available 1024 x 768 native resolution active stereoscopic projection technology at the University of California's Davis Campus (UC Davis). The visualization system is located in the Virtual Reality Lab of the Computer Science Department and the Institute for Data Analysis and Visualization (IDAV). It is being used for a wide range of applications, including interactive data visualization and collaborative networked environments.

Six Fakespace Beacon(TM) XG projectors, arranged in a three projector wide by two projector high array, have been used to create a cost-effective, high-resolution tiled PowerWall visualization system. The projectors have been optically edge matched to maintain full resolution while minimizing the borders to smooth the visual transition between projected images. The full screen resolution of 3072 x 1536 displays fine details. This resolution was deemed essential for UC Davis' work on visualizing massive scientific data. The high resolution PowerWall is also being used with Fakespace's ImmersaDesk(TM) C1 and pinch gloves, already owned by UC Davis for research in collaborative virtual environments.

"We considered using polarized passive stereo technology," said Oliver Staadt, Assistant Professor from the Computer Science Department and Director of the Virtual Reality Lab, "but the screen gain required to make passive stereo acceptable is too high for tiled wall environments. This is especially true in motion tracked applications when the user is close to the screen."

The UC Davis installation is just one example of the increasing demand for Beacon-based visualization systems. Fakespace has also recently installed a Beacon-based PowerWall at the State University of New York (SUNY) in Buffalo for use in driving simulation and it installed a Beacon-based immersive desk display at Robarts Research in London, Ontario, Canada for minimally invasive surgical technique simulations.

"One of the biggest benefits of Beacon technology is that we can produce high quality stereoscopic images at any resolution," said Chris Clover, CEO of Fakespace Systems Inc. "As a result, the Beacon XG is the world's only native XGA resolution active stereo projector. It is a very affordable technology for entry level users or to use as building blocks for ultra-high resolution collaborative displays."

Before Fakespace introduced Beacon technology, the options for generating 3D virtual reality-type images were either 3-chip DLP projection or polarized projection technologies. Stereoscopic displays require separate left eye and right eye perspectives of a 3D model for the user to discern the depth of the object. Historically, active projection has used a single, specialized projector to produce sequential left eye and right eye images that are separated by electronically shuttered LCD glasses. Polarized systems use two projectors and filters that alter the projected light to horizontal and vertical orientations that are then appropriately blocked by matching filters in special glasses worn by the user. Available exclusively from Fakespace, Beacon technology is a hybrid, utilizing two commodity projectors for left eye and right eye shuttered by electronic filters.

The significant cost reduction of Beacon XG over specialized projectors allows more users access to the technology. Compared to polarized systems, Beacon technology provides greater fidelity and is more versatile since it does not require the use of special projection screen material. It is also better suited for folded-optics (mirror-based) systems that reduce projection distances in rear projection applications.

Kopin to Exhibit Advanced Displays and Subsystems at the SPIE Defense & Security Symposium
3D-News Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2005 (17:37 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Kopin® Corporation announced that it will exhibit a full range of CyberDisplays® and subsystems at the SPIE (International Society for Optical Engineering) Defense & Security Symposium being held from March 29th through April 1st in Kissimmee, Florida. The exhibit includes display products available today as well as emerging high-performance displays currently under development.

Among the highlights of the exhibit is also the CyberDisplay SVGA display. It offers stunning color with an 800 x 600 resolution in a 0.59-inch-diagonal package. The displays are manufactured with Kopin's proprietary color-filter technology and patent-pending low-voltage interface, resulting in power consumption less than 100 mW. The CyberDisplay SVGA is perfectly suited to high-resolution, full-color applications such as helmet-mounted displays (HMDs), mobile video eyewear products, 3-D stereoscopic video, and mobile computing applications. Low-rate initial production versions of the SVGA displays are currently available, with volume production scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2005.

SVI Launches New SVI VisionTester
3D-News Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2005 (16:24 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

3D technology enables the use of a new investigational procedure in ophthalmology

An ever-growing number of people are suffering from positioning defects and movement disorders of the eyes. Dysfunctions of this kind are becoming widespread, especially with the growth in working at the computer. The consequences can be sight defects, weak vision and severe impairment of quality of life. Early detection is a fundamental prerequisite for lasting treatment of disorders of this nature.

Eye specialists and opticians now have a new process at their disposal, based on 3D technology, to enable them to recognise disorders using modern methods that are tailored to each individual patient. The SVI VisionTester system from Spatial View Inc is designed for the investigation of sight defects, especially in the area of spatial vision. It provides the eye specialist with a range of static, interactive and dynamic tests for examining visual acuity in accordance with standard EN ISO 8596 as well as the stereoscopic (spatial) sight.

Whereas conventional stereo eye tests employ different tools consisting of binocular pictures and viewing devices, the SVI VisionTester system combines many of these tests in a single compact PC workstation, using a 3D application as its basis. Patients are presented with binocular pictures on an autostereoscopic display (3D). Particularly worthy of mention is the integration of dynamic stereo tests such as the presentation of moving random dot stereograms. This provides a simple way of checking the dynamic stereo vision, especially in children. The use of a 3D monitor eliminates the need for irritating and disorienting aids such as red-green glasses. The test content is randomly selected, thereby preventing it from being 'learned' by the patients. A great wealth of test methods can be handled easily and intuitively. The lightweight, transportable system is also ideally suited for investigations away from the clinic.

The SVI VisionTester offers a test environment that is suitable for children, allowing the eye specialist to produce and incorporate his or her own test content, such as child-oriented pictures. For the first time the SVI VisionTester combines, in a single system, a large number of test procedures that are conventionally performed using a range of different tools.

The term binocular vision is used to describe the ability of the human eye in normal position to perceive two separate pictures of the same object, which are then combined in the brain to create a spatial impression. If the images do not coincide as a result of eye defects, this has to be compensated for by additional work on the part of the optic muscles and the brain, sometimes with devastating consequences for the quality of life.

Those affected often suffer from neckache or headache and even migraine. They have difficulty in concentrating or are regarded as clumsy because they have problems with spatial coordination. According to studies, in a normal school class two to three children are conspicuously affected. With adults, the rate is even higher. The investigation and treatment of eye coordination defects, carried out primarily during childhood by the eye specialist in collaboration with the orthoptist, can be of critical importance for the future development of the child, since inadequate sight or lack of spatial vision may pose limitations in his or her personal and occupational development.

About Spatial View
SVI, a Canadian / German corporation, takes your visual communication to the next level in a true three-dimensional space. Having acquired know-how from pioneers in the field of 3D imaging, we offer applications independent of hardware manufacturers and/or operating system in this field, providing comfortable coupling of 3D interaction and presentation on any auto-stereoscopic output devices.
For more information, see http://www.spatialview.com

3D Personalities: Askar Akayev
3D-News Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2005 (16:10 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Askar Akayev served as president of Kyrgyzstan from 1990 until his apparent ousting on March 24, 2005.

He has a PhD in Technical Sciences (Holography) and is an Academician of the Kyrgyz Academy of Sciences.

He graduated in 1968 from the Leningrad Institute of Precision Engineering and Optics, and then did postgraduate studies and held the positions of Laboratory Assistant and Engineer at the same institute.

NJIT team designs driverless vehicle to enter the grand challenge
3D-News Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2005 (16:00 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

A team of students from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is designing a driverless vehicle that will compete in a national race in which it must navigate 175-miles of daunting desert terrain.
If the unmanned vehicle is the first to cross the finish line in a 10-hour deadline, the NJIT team will get $2 million from The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the race's sponsor. DARPA is the central research and development unit for the U.S. Department of Defense.

Known as the Grand Challenge, the race is scheduled for Oct. 8, 2005. DARPA does not reveal the location of the course until race day. But the race is expected to take place in the Mojave Desert somewhere between Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

The NJIT team is an alliance of 15 students, faculty advisers and corporate sponsors including IBM, BAE Systems, L-3 Com and General Motors (GM). The companies have given the students funding, components, technology as well technical advice.

GM donated a 2000 Chevy Blazer, which the students are now busily transforming into an unmanned robot, which they have named Optimus. Thanks to sponsors, the students are outfitting Optimus with a stereoscopic machine-vision camera, a GPS-guided system and laser-radar. The students will also retrofit Optimus with computers and software to point sensors along intended routes, sensor-fusion algorithms, and automated swerving technology that will let Optimus maneuver at high speeds.

Immersive 360 Degree Panorama at the 3D Center of Art and Photography
3D-News Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2005 (15:43 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Ready for a totally immersive 3D experience? "Perficere" wraps visitors in a 360 degree panorama exploring space, depth and perception in a murky, moody, yet beautiful world. Artists Adrienne Taggart and Ted Grudowski will appear at the artists' reception on First Thursday, April 7, from 6 until 9 p.m.

The stereo theatre will present Provence, an award winning slide show capturing the charm and joie de vivre of the French countryside. Photographed by Albert Sieg, the Photographic Society of America's most honored stereographer, the program will be shown hourly.

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: http://www.3dcenter.us.

Kopin announces CyberDisplay SVGA, world's highest-resolution color-filter AMLCD microdisplay
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, March 23, 2005 (14:05 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Kopin Corp., the leading provider of microdisplays for mobile consumer electronics, announced the Kopin CyberDisplay(R) SVGA, which offers 800x600x3 color-dot resolution in a 0.59-inch diagonal package. Like the other members of the CyberDisplay product family based on Kopin's scalable color filter microdisplay architecture, the CyberDisplay SVGA is the world's highest-resolution transmissive active matrix liquid crystal display (AMLCD) for its size.

The CyberDisplay SVGA produces vivid, realistic, full-color images, making it ideal for mobile devices requiring high resolution such as DVD players and games. Because the CyberDisplay SVGA is optimized for computer-generated graphics and text, it is especially well-suited for wearable computer applications such as browsing the Internet on the go or viewing a repair manual through an eyewear-mounted display. In addition, the sharp image of CyberDisplay SVGA will enable personal video eyewear products displaying realistic 3-D stereoscopic video.

"Today's video on the go applications require compact displays with very high resolution and low power consumption," said Dr. John C.C. Fan, Kopin's chairman and CEO. "Just as music lovers can carry 5,000 songs in their pocket, today's workers can carry an entire office's worth of information with them and summon the pertinent bit to a tiny display near their eye for private viewing. Gamers and movie viewers can likewise enjoy richer, full-color multimedia experiences than ever. We're in an unparalleled position to satisfy these new mobile video demands with the CyberDisplay SVGA, and we will continue to push the boundaries of size and resolution for our displays."

Built with nanotechnology, the CyberDisplay SVGA incorporates a patent-pending low-voltage architecture that allows interface voltage swings to be reduced to standard 3.3-volts for all digital control signals. The low-voltage architecture lowers the power consumption by the SVGA display to approximately 100mW. Each 15 x 15 um square full-color pixel comprises three primary-color dots, creating a total active array of 2,400x600 (1,440K) dots. The CyberDisplay SVGA can display 16 million colors and offers a power-saving sleep mode, an important battery-extending feature for mobile applications.

Available immediately, Kopin offers samples, reference designs and full technical support, buttressing customers' ability to quickly move their CyberDisplay-equipped products to market.

Viking Systems Honored With 2005 Frost & Sullivan Technology Innovation of the Year Award
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, March 23, 2005 (14:03 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Viking's EndoSite 3Di Digital Vision System Recognized for Superior 3D Visualization and Surgeon Comfort During Complex Minimally Invasive Surgery Procedures

Viking Systems Inc., a medical products company delivering integrated solutions for the digital surgical environment, announced that the company has received the 2005 Frost & Sullivan Technology Innovation of the Year Award in the field of surgical visualization systems for successfully developing the EndoSite 3Di Digital Vision System. The company's EndoSite technology is a state-of-the-art visualization system that offers surgeons three-dimensional (3D) vision, on-demand access to existing clinical images and patient information, and complete freedom of movement, while remaining directly engaged with the patient. Viking Systems was recognized at the 2005 Excellence in Medical Devices Awards Banquet in San Francisco, CA on Wednesday, March 16.

The Frost & Sullivan Technology Innovation of the Year Award is presented to a company that has carried out new research resulting in innovations that will bring significant contributions to the industry. This award recognizes the quality and depth of Viking Systems' research and development program as well as the vision and risk-taking that enabled the company to undertake such an endeavor.

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

"The unique visualization system fulfills important unmet needs of today's minimally invasive surgeons. It delivers the most advanced and complete vision possible, both through three-dimensional imaging as well as through an information platform," said A.N. Aditya, research analyst with Frost & Sullivan. "With the use of the unique Head Mounted Display unit, surgeons are able to continuously focus on the surgical field and this helps reduce the fatigue associated with turning or moving to view a standard monitor."

In addition, the EndoSite 3Di Digital Vision System provides patient information on-demand to the surgeon through Infomatix™, the system's digital information platform. Infomatix 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 facilitating an informed decision-making process during surgery.

"We're extremely excited to receive this validation from Frost & Sullivan that our cutting-edge technology is changing the surgical visualization market," said Tom Marsh, CEO of Viking Systems. "Viking Systems is continually dedicated to enhancing patient care by providing surgeons with state-of-the-art 3D visualization, comfort and control during complex minimally invasive surgery procedures."

This Frost & Sullivan Award is based on analyst tracking of innovation in key technology markets, primary participant interviews, extensive primary and secondary research, and the significance or potential relevance of the innovation to the overall industry. In addition to this methodology, companies are critically judged on their innovation's impact on company or industry mindshare, potential to become the industry standard, competitive advantage versus other technologies, and breadth of intellectual property. Based on Frost & Sullivan's research, companies are then compared and ranked.

Star Wars set to get 3D Treatment
3D-News Posted: Saturday, March 19, 2005 (0:48 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

After a brief incarnation in the early 1950s and a short-lived revival in the 1980s, 3D movies are now getting serious consideration among filmmakers who want to send images leaping off the movie screen and into the audience.

Star Wars creator George Lucas and Titanic director James Cameron were among those promoting a new digital alteration that converts two-dimensional movies into 3D.

Cinema audiences still have to wear those familiar cardboard glasses with red-and-blue cellophane, although backers of the new technology say it doesn't cause the eyestrain common with past 3D efforts.

Lucas said he hopes eventually to release all six of his Star Wars movies in 3D format that can be shown in regular cinemas, not speciality venues such as IMAX.

"It looks better than the original, to be honest with you," Lucas told a Las Vegas convention.

The new technology involves converting a movie into two slightly offset images, one for each eye. The special glasses trick the brain into perceiving the picture as a single image.

A snippet of Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones converted to 3D was screened, and the images showed remarkable depth in a scene where Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi pursue an assassin in a flying vehicle.

Viking Systems EndoSite 3Di Vision System Provides Top Swedish Hospital With Stereoscopic 3D Vision During Endoscopic Surgeries
3D-News Posted: Thursday, March 17, 2005 (20:59 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Surgeons Are Testing Viking's Head-Mounted Display and Vision System as a Flexible, 3D Visualization Solution for Minimally Invasive Surgery

Viking Systems, Inc., a medical products company delivering integrated solutions for the digital surgical environment, today announced that surgeons at Uppsala University Hospital in Sweden have begun testing the company's new EndoSite 3Di Digital Vision System to perform laparoscopic radical prostatectomies and other complex minimally invasive urological procedures including donor nephrectomies and pyeloplasties. A cost-efficient and more flexible alternative to robotic surgical solutions, Uppsala's surgeons have used the EndoSite to perform more complex surgical procedures minimally invasively by reducing hospital stays and returning patients to their normal activity levels more quickly than conventional open procedures. The EndoSite 3Di Digital Vision System provides the surgical team with 3D visualization and a far greater level of comfort than can be achieved with traditional 2D endoscopic video systems.

"Our first operations with the EndoSite have been a huge success as there is a significant advantage in having a stereoscopic view during endoscopic surgery," said Dr. Michael Haggman, associate professor in the Department of Urology at Uppsala University Hospital. "With the new EndoSite system, we can perform surgery with more precision, therefore decreasing the risk of damage to blood vessels and nerves."

"This system is far less expensive than robotic surgical solutions, but the biggest advantage is that it is more flexible than robots allowing us to use it in multiple procedures and we are also able to maintain tactile feeling during surgery," added Dr. Haggman.

The EndoSite 3Di Digital Vision System will be featured by Viking Systems this week at the European Urology Association Congress in Istanbul, Turkey. The system provides three-dimensional stereoscopic vision, resulting in enhanced depth perception and surgical precision, while allowing the surgeon to remain actively engaged with their patients. Utilizing the patented Head Mounted Display (HMD), each member of the surgical team can access high-resolution, stereoscopic images delivered within their natural line of sight. Ergonomically designed, the HMD provides unmatched comfort and significantly reduces surgical fatigue caused by standard vision systems as surgeons strain for hours to view the surgical field on less accommodating two-dimensional monitors. The system creates an immersive surgical environment providing MIS surgeons with improved vision quality and the sense of open surgery.

"Traditional systems require us to strain our necks to look at a 2D picture on a TV monitor, where as the EndoSite provides a natural 3D view through the head-mounted display," explained Dr. Haggman.

In addition, the EndoSite 3Di Digital Vision System provides real-time patient information, on-demand to the surgeon through Infomatix(TM), the system's digital information platform. Infomatix 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 facilitating an informed decision-making process during surgery.

"The use of the EndoSite to perform laparoscopic radical prostatectomies and other complex minimally invasive urological procedures by Uppsala's surgeons highlights the technology's ability to enhance and enable many different types of minimally invasive procedures," said Tom Marsh, CEO of Viking Systems. "Our cutting-edge head-mounted display technology and cost-efficient price point are driving the EndoSite's acceptance with surgeons throughout North America and Europe as an enabling technology."

For more information, please visit http://www.vikingsystems.com

Japan Government Lab Spinoff to market Robot Eye Technology
3D-News Posted: Tuesday, March 15, 2005 (14:02 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

A group of scientists from the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) has formed a venture company to commercialize the "eye" technology developed for the institute's HRP-2 humanoid robot.

The HRP-2 eye is a stereoscopic visual sensor composed of three CCD (charge-coupled device) cameras and an algorithm for processing image data in order to recognize the shapes of 3-D objects.

The new venture firm will market this technology for 3-D measurement applications. Since it uses off-the-shelf personal computers and CCDs, systems based on the technology are not expensive to build. The venture will construct systems to order and also sell special system development software.

As its first business, the venture will promote systems that can be used to spot surface defects on semiconductor devices and electronic components.

The robot eye technology can also be used to develop systems for automated control of vehicles and trains as well as for crime prevention and games. Robots could even be developed that are capable of reproducing the actions of artists and craftsmen.

Mann Theatres' Grauman's Chinese Complex to Host REAL D Flagship Theater
3D-News Posted: Tuesday, March 15, 2005 (8:44 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Mann Theatres announced that the company has selected REAL D as the exclusive delivery system for digital 3D entertainment for its theater chain. Mann Theatres' world-famous Grauman's Chinese Complex, located on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, Calif., will host the REAL D flagship theater, which will open to the public in May 2005.

Spurred by recent overwhelming interest from content creators coupled with continued enthusiasm from consumers for 3D entertainment, Mann Theatres is the first theater chain to embrace the exhibition of digital 3D content. The REAL D flagship theater at the Chinese complex will mark the first time the 78-year-old theater complex has been equipped to show 3D movies.

"REAL D's solution is visually stunning, cost-effective and easy to deploy," said Peter Dobson, Chief Executive Officer, Mann Theatres. "With REAL D, Mann Theatres will be well-poised to address consumers' demand for more sophisticated theatrical experiences from their local multiplex and help in the fight against piracy because of the extreme difficulty of pirates replicating 3D movies."

"3D technology has rapidly advanced in recent years, enabling REAL D to pioneer an affordable, premium solution for digital 3D exhibition for the motion picture industry that harnesses the mission-critical technology trusted by Fortune 500 companies," said Michael V. Lewis, Chairman, REAL D. "Once audiences see how much the technology has advanced, they will come to expect 3D to enhance their movie-going experiences."

REAL D will upgrade Mann Theatres with its patented technology beginning with the Mann Chinese VIP Theater. This system, based on the upcoming standard defined by the Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI) provides all the necessary equipment for the flawless delivery of 3D content, as well as the highest quality 2D content.

Unlike traditional 3D projection technology that is costly and cumbersome, REAL D has focused on providing a solution that allows Mann Theatres to play the highest quality stereoscopic content using a single digital projector and lightweight "sunglasses" without the costly expense of maintaining multiple projectors, unreliable shutterglasses and additional staffing.

In addition to being able to play upcoming 3D content from filmmakers such as James Cameron (Aliens of the Deep), Robert Zemeckis (Polar Express), and Robert Rodriguez (Spy Kids; Shark Boy & Lava Girl), the REAL D solution allows Mann Theatres to realize additional revenue streams from the presentation of alternative programming, such as live concerts and sporting events, as well as high-impact advertising.

Mann Theatres will announce plans for the rollout of additional REAL D theaters later this year.

Imax swings to quarterly profit on 'Polar Express' take
3D-News Posted: Friday, March 11, 2005 (16:49 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Giant-screen film exhibitor Imax Corp. said Thursday that it swung to a fourth-quarter profit from a year-earlier loss on proceeds from its 3D showing of the computer-animated movie "The Polar Express."

The company said net income was $7.8 million, or 19 cents a share, on revenue of $47.5 million. In the previous year's fourth quarter, Imax lost $507,000, or 1 cent a share, on revenue of $29.9 million.

Imax said, "The Polar Express: An Imax 3D Experience" generated $35 million in U.S. box offices on 60 screens, and about $10 million in foreign sales for 20 screens.

The company operates more than 235 theaters in 35 countries.

Surgeons at Scottsdale Bariatrics to Use New Generation 3-Dimensional Vision System From Viking Systems, Inc.
3D-News Posted: Thursday, March 10, 2005 (20:42 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Viking's New EndoSite 3Di Digital Vision System Delivers State-of-the-Art Resolution, Control and 3D Visualization for Complex, Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures

Viking Systems, Inc., a medical products company delivering integrated solutions for the digital surgical environment, today announced that the surgeons at Scottsdale Bariatrics Center, one of the nation's leading centers for Bariatric Surgery, will begin using the new generation EndoSite 3Di Vision System to perform laparoscopic Bariatric surgery and other general laparoscopic colorectal surgical procedures. Designed for use in complex minimally invasive surgery (MIS) procedures and training environments, the new system delivers significant enhancements in resolution and visualization capabilities.

"The clarity and resolution of the EndoSite's three-dimensional picture seen through the head mounted display is excellent with this new system," said, Dr. Robin Blackstone, medical director of the Scottsdale Healthcare Bariatric Program and lead surgeon and director for The Scottsdale Bariatric Center. "The comfort of the system and our ability to have depth perception, unattainable through two-dimensional systems, has helped us achieve superior results for our patients by decreasing the complications from surgery. We have used the previous generation system very successfully for three years. It is extremely agile, allowing the surgeons to participate in all aspects of the case."

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

"With the greatly enhanced image quality of Viking's new EndoSite system, we will be able to further improve quality of care and outcomes by offering even our most challenging patients the ability to have a minimally invasive procedure," added Dr. Blackstone.

In addition, the EndoSite 3Di Digital Vision System provides real-time patient information, on-demand to the surgeon through Infomatix(TM), the system's digital information platform. Infomatix 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 facilitating an informed decision-making process during surgery.

"Viking Systems is extremely pleased to have one of the foremost Bariatric surgeons in the country using our new generation equipment," said Tom Marsh, CEO of Viking Systems. "A growing number of innovative MIS surgeons, like Scottsdale Bariatrics, are implementing our advanced and complete three-dimensional imaging equipment to fulfill their unmet needs for greater control, comfort and easy access to information during surgery."

For more information visit http://www.vikingsystems.com

Sharp Announces Second-Generation 3D Notebook
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, March 9, 2005 (1:12 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Powerful Actius AL3D Notebook Features Sharp's 3D LCD Screen Technology, Eliminating Need for 3D Glasses

Following a wake of awards and recognition for the Sharp Actius Notebook line, Sharp Systems of America today announced the availability of the Sharp Actius AL3D. Featuring Sharp's 3D LCD Screen Technology, the Actius AL3D represents Sharp's second generation of 3D Technology-enhanced notebook systems.

Building on the foundation laid by its groundbreaking predecessor (the Actius RD3D), the Actius AL3D represents a significant step up in power and style for Sharp's 3D notebook line. Powered by Intel's brand new Pentium® M Processor 750, the New NVIDIA® GeForce(TM) Go 6600 graphics processor with 128 MB Video RAM, and stocked with 1024 MB of DDR2 SDRAM, the powerful Actius AL3D is geared for high-end mobile performance.

"The Actius AL3D offers high-end power and functionality, providing users with some of the most advanced computing technology available in a very attractive package," said Ian Matthew, 3D Business Development Manager at Sharp Systems of America. "Viewed on the impressively bright LCD screen that the Actius AL3D possesses, Sharp's 3D LCD Technology provides users with a superb three-dimensional visual experience that is crisp, clear, and precise."

Sharp's 3D LCD Technology

Developed jointly by Sharp Corporation and Sharp Laboratories Europe, Ltd. (SLE), Sharp's TFT 3D LCD Technology provides a significantly enhanced visual experience by offering a realistic sense of depth and presence. Unique to Sharp's 3D Technology, the Actius AL3D display can be easily switched between 2D and 3D display modes at the touch of a button, providing a flexible working environment that takes full advantage of both 2D and 3D applications.

The 3D effect is achieved using a parallax barrier technique to separate light signals. Light from the LCD is divided so that different patterns reach the viewer's left and right eyes. The direction in which light leaves the display is controlled so that the left and right eyes see different images. When centered in front of the display, each eye receives the correct visual information for the brain to process. This makes it possible for the image on the screen to appear in three dimensions without the user having to wear special goggles.

"Sharp's TFT 3D LCD technology works on the principle of displaying left and right eye views that are separated so that the left eye sees only the left eye image, and the right eye sees only the right eye image," explained Ian Matthew, 3D Solutions Business Development Manager at Sharp Systems of America. "Since these images have perspective and are offset in the same way that the human eye normally sees the two images, the brain naturally interprets the image disparity and creates a 'sense-of-depth' effect. The result is a 3D, 'out-of-screen' display that provides users with a visual experience previously unattainable without polarized or liquid crystal shuttering lenses."

Target Markets

Aimed primarily at the professional market, the Actius AL3D is targeted toward market segments that are already familiar with 3D solutions using Shutter Glasses and page sequential display mode, which are widely supported on PC using both Windows and Linux.

Medical Market: Use for 3D computer modeling for diagnosis has increased tremendously over the last 3 years. Software tools now make accurate computer models from MRI data and other methods, and these models are providing very powerful analysis tools. With the increase in complexity of the computer models being generated, new visualization techniques are in demand to improve analysis. With the Actius AL3D, Sharp offers 3D stereoscopic visualization, without the need for glasses, in a mobile environment.

These same modeling tools are now being applied in the area of surgery preparation. In conjunction with haptic devices, which offer resistance feedback, surgeons are provided with a realistic practice environment where difficult procedures can be safely practiced, leading to better-trained surgeons and faster surgeries.

Pharmaceutical Market: Computational Chemists have been using 3D viewing as part of the drug synthesis process for many years. Now, Medicinal Chemists are employing 3D visualization techniques in the experiment process to create synthesized drugs. Sharp's Actius AL3D provides these chemists 3D visualization in a mobile computing environment for their experiments. In addition, the Actius AL3D takes up a smaller footprint than traditional CRT 3D solutions, allowing researchers to take back valuable lab space.

Educational Market: 3D visualization is finding its way into the classroom for K-12 as well as Universities and schools of higher education. Sharp has partnered with companies such as EON Reality, Inc., Emergence, and JTM to provide 3D platforms for teaching environments and for high-tech labs in the education field.

Oil & Gas: Scientists in petroleum exploration and production are using 3D visualization techniques to more accurately understand the complex geometry of oil reservoirs and to provide real-time input for navigating new oil drilling. The mobile platform offered by the Actius AL3D allows production engineers in the field to acquire real-time data and control the drilling process more accurately.

Manufacturing: Advanced 3D visualization is a boon for manufacturers of all types, including automotive and aerospace, by providing three-dimensional virtual prototyping. By using 3D tools to verify the designs created on CAD systems, designers are able to scrutinize their designs in a 3D environment using virtual models and cutting down on the amount of defects before physical prototypes are created. Using the ability of the Actius AL3D, cycles between design and manufacturing can be reduced, significantly cutting time to market and development costs.

Consumer Market: Though aimed primarily at the professional market, significant progress has been made toward the consumer adoption of 3D Technology. NVIDIA Corporation has added stereoscopic display support for the GeForce series graphic processors, enabling over 1,000 games to take advantage of 3D viewing on Sharp's 3D LCD displays. Additionally, the Actius AL3D ships with the TriDef® DVD Player, created by DDD Group plc, which provides on-the-fly 3D conversion of any DVD movie.

The Actius AL3D -- Powerful Mobile Computing & 3D Visualization

Designed with the high-performance demands of 3D applications in mind, the Sharp Actius AL3D is equipped with the Intel Pentium M Processor P750 (1.86GHz) and driven by Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional operating system. The notebook is equipped with 1024 MB of DDR2 SDRAM, and comes complete with an 80GB (a) Serial ATA hard drive.

In order to provide the advanced visual processing power for 3D applications, the Actius AL3D comes equipped with the NVIDIA® GeForce(TM) Go 6600 graphic processing unit driven by PCI Express for faster bus performance with 128 MB of dedicated graphics memory. The GeForce Go graphics processor delivers awesome performance and an unmatched feature set that includes a host of video enhancements and power management (via the NVIDIA PowerMizer(TM) Mobile technology) along with high-resolution anti-aliasing to deliver amazing detail and performance for all applications.

The Sharp Actius AL3D notebook comes equipped with a 15-inch XGA (1024 x 768) 3D LCD display panel that can be switched between 2D and 3D display modes with the touch of a button, making the notebook flexible for use in standard 2D and enhanced 3D applications. The notebook, equipped with a 15-inch XGA (1024 x 768) LCD screen, provides bright, clear pictures in which precise details can be clearly seen. The Actius AL3D also features Sharp's Clear LCD finish, which provides users with highly saturated, rich colors and a color purity that isn't available with the matted finish traditionally available for notebook computers.

In addition to being able to support 3D software applications, the Actius AL3D comes equipped with an advanced optical drive, making the notebook capable of viewing 3D DVD content. The Actius AL3D comes complete with a DVD Dual Layer Super Multi-Drive with DVD-RAM/ /-R / /-RW and CD-R/RW media compatibility that allows users to produce original DVDs, back up important data on DVD or CD, and watch DVD movies at the user's convenience. Fully equipped with premium-quality stereo speakers below the LCD display, the Actius AL3D also supports 5.1-channel virtual surround sound for users using external 2-channel speakers with built-in Dolby Virtual Speaker (DVS) and WinDVD®.

In addition to strong multimedia performance and advanced 3D display technology, The Actius AL3D also includes an array of I/O options, including an IEEE1394 (fire wire) port, three USB 2.0 compliant ports, and microphone & headphone jacks. The Actius AL3D also offers 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T (Gigabit), LAN for superfast wired networking, a 56kbps (V.90) fax modem, and includes a VGA out port.

The Actius AL3D will come complete with a software bundle to support its 3D and multimedia capability, which includes SHARP Smart Stereo Photo Editor/Slide Show for creating 3D images from digital photographs. Also included is TriDef® DVD Player from DDD Group, which converts standard DVD movies into a 3D experience, "on-the-fly." Finally, the laptop will come with an evaluation version of the Amira® visualization package from Mercury Computer Systems for realistic 3D visualization of 3D models for medicine, biology, physics or engineering.

Available immediately, the Sharp Actius AL3D sells for an estimated street price of $3,499.

DDD expands global license agreement with Sharp
3D-News Posted: Tuesday, March 8, 2005 (20:40 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

DDD Group PLC, a 3D software and content company, said it expanded its worldwide license agreement with Sharp Corp, increasing the per unit royalties paid by Sharp for DDD's TriDef software shipped with each Sharp 3D notebook PC.

The new agreement adds DDD's TriDef DVD Player real time 2D to 3D conversion software to the range of its software products that are bundled with Sharp's Actius AL3D 3D notebook PC.

The new TriDef DVD Player enables users to view DVD films instantly in 3D without the need for special glasses.

Sharp and DDD entered into a multi year software licensing agreement in October 2003.

3D Contibutions of Heinrich-Hertz-Institut to CeBIT 2005
3D-News Posted: Tuesday, March 8, 2005 (19:36 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Free2C 3D Display
The availability of 3D displays is essential for the reproduction of stereoscopic content in desktop and kiosk applications. The new Free2C 3D Display overcomes deficiencies of common 3D displays available on the market. It is currently the most advanced development in autostereoscopic (glasses-free 3D) display technology. Free2C is based on a special head-tracking Lenticular-screen 3D display principle, allowing free head movements in three dimensions at unprecedented image quality (1600 by 1200 pixels, excellent brightness and colour reproduction). The particular design of the lens plate ensures that the stereoscopic images are almost perfectly separated (no ghosting).

3D Kiosk
Kiosk systems should offer simple intuitive handling and eye catching design. The Fraunhofer HHI Free2C 3D Kiosk presents any kind of interactive content as virtual objects on a large screen display in photorealistic 3D quality (1600 by 1200 pixels; 21,3" screen). 3D glasses are not necessary to watch the content. A system which recognizes hand gestures is integrated into the front panel. Hence, 3D objects floating in front of the display can be rotated by a simple hand gesture, and virtual buttons can be pressed by pointing at them (virtual 3D touch screen). This kiosk is perfectly suited for applications in high-tech showrooms, convention halls, airports, shopping malls and department stores.

New 3D IMAX Theater Film, SHARKS 3D, Presented by Jean-Michel Cousteau, Premiered at the Tennessee Aquarium
3D-News Posted: Tuesday, March 8, 2005 (19:26 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

The Tennessee Aquarium, Jean-Michel Cousteau and 3D Entertainment, in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme, invited audiences to a stunning immersive diving experience with SHARKS 3D, the first-ever shark-themed 3D IMAX theatre film

The Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater brings SHARKS 3D to life in grand fashion, offering a unique 3D experience from each of its 406 stadium-style seats with high-definition images projected onto the huge, eight story-tall screen and 12,000 watts of pure digital surround sound.

"I am very pleased that Chattanooga-area residents will now get the chance to share in this truly memorable encounter with the world's great shark species, such as the Great White, Whale Shark and Hammerhead," said Jean-Michel Cousteau, President of Ocean Futures Society. "Watching SHARKS 3D is like pulling on a diving suit and swimming weightlessly with sharks all around. If you've ever wanted to know what it's really like to dive with sharks, this film is certainly a must-see. You can witness them as they truly are in their natural habitat - not wicked man-eating creatures, as they are far too frequently depicted in modern feature films, but wild, fascinating and highly endangered animals that have been in existence since a million years before the dinosaurs."

"Despite the existence of various international treaties, certain shark species have been reduced by nearly 80% in the past decade alone. Today, the priority is not only to end the steady decline of the shark population, but to rehabilitate its image among the general public," said the United Nations Environment Programme's Executive Director, Klaus Toepfer.

"There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about sharks and shark bites," says Rob Mottice, Tennessee Aquarium acquisitions manager. "Sharks should be respected, not feared. Sharks do much less harm to people than people do to sharks. A hundred million sharks are killed each year. People are more likely to be killed by lightning than by a shark."

"The film's purpose is to lead people to think differently and positively about sharks. As many fellow conservationists have stated before, we protect only what we love. Therefore, we first need to understand what sharks are really like before there can be a change in public perception. Then perhaps we will begin to protect them," said director Jean-Jacques Mantello.

Principal photography on SHARKS 3D required an extensive nine-month shoot totaling 500 dive hours. The film was shot on location in Guadalupe Island, Socorro Island, Revillagigedos and the Sea of Cortez (Mexico), Malpelo Island (Colombia), the Red Sea (Egypt), Sodwana Bay (South Africa), Inhambane (Mozambique), San Diego (USA) and Rangiroa Atoll (French Polynesia).

In addition to its Chattanooga engagement, SHARKS 3D is now playing at the Moody Gardens IMAX 3D Theater (Galveston, TX), CN IMAX Theatre (Vancouver, BC), Universal CityWalk IMAX Theatre (Universal City, CA), Entergy IMAX Theatre (New Orleans, LA), IMAX Theatre at Tropicana (Atlantic City, NJ), the Virginia Aquarium (Virginia Beach, VA) and the Luxor IMAX Theatre (Las Vegas, NV). For a full list of IMAX theatres showing SHARKS 3D, please go to http://www.sharks3D.com

SeeReal Technology at This Year's CeBIT
3D-News Posted: Tuesday, March 8, 2005 (18:51 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

On 11 workstations at CeBIT, SeeReal will be showing visitors the state of the art in 3D displays with the highest resolution, the brightest colours and the best picture quality available in its class. The SeeReal monitors are compatible with 3D software on normal PCs and even live video in 3D is possible through cameras, endoscopes or microscopes.

SeeReal has invited well known software developers like VR4Max, Bitmanagement and i-ventions into their booth to show why 3D visualization on SeeReal displays makes a difference in their applications.

Also at CeBIT, the future of 3D gaming will be shown in the "gaming corner". See the games like you have never seen them before. 3D is not only adding another dimension to the game but a new dimension to the experience.

In addition to the SeeReal booth, the monitors will be on display in the following booths:
i-ventions, Hall 9, Booth B21
PC Professional, VNU Business Publications Deutschland GmbH, Hall 7, Booth B14

European Optical Valley 3D Technology Gaining Territory
3D-News Posted: Tuesday, March 8, 2005 (18:13 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

X3D to showcase product world premieres at CeBIT. Glasses-free 100" 3D Large Screen Projection System showcased on top of a full 3D flat screen product range.

X3D Technologies GmbH, 3D-visualisation provider, and manufacturer of 3D-displays and 3D-Software, is going to exhibit a full range of new products at CeBIT 2005, the world's leading fair for information technology.

A revolutionary break-through innovation, a 3D Large Screen Projection System of 100 inches in diagonal, will be exhibited. As with any X3D-display, viewers can waive with cumbersome glasses. Also, multiple observers may enjoy the 3D impression at the very same time. The underlying technology has been developed using the outstanding know-how and company IP of the past three years. X3D will soon unveil his first customers in this new large screen domain in 3D applications up to 200 inches in diagonal – which will surely be a world record.

Parallel to developing the optical means for effecting the three-dimensional perception, X3D developed a synchronisation software that allows for the frame synchronous playback of 3D images in all image segments.
X3D has received requests for this product category already from three continents.

Further scoops are the particularly high-resolution 3D-displays in the sizes of 23 inches and 45 inches. While the 23 inch display is intended for designers and architects, the 45 inch display will amend the X3D product portfolio for digital signage with its high-fidelity and crisp 3D image quality. Already in 2004, X3D could deliver a remarkable number of displays in sizes of 40 to 50 inches to advertising/digital signage customers in France and in the United States.

X3D pushes the adoption of 3D solutions that serve customer specific needs in the field of 3D visualisation. To this end, 3D image content on 3D advertising displays can be exchanged and controlled remotely from a central server, which is a crucial key for successful rollouts. Furthermore, X3D offers the full range of services in installation, training and content creation.

Another world premiere is the new 17" 3D-display designed for gamers. The display, that bases upon a complete new filter technology, might be offered for a street price of around 1,000 Euros; the scope of delivery includes also a package of software/drivers.

Not only new hardware, but also pioneering 3D software products will be shown. This includes an MPEG based 3D video software that allows for maximum data compression at ultimate 3D image quality. Furthermore, X3D succeeded in creating a software driver based upon the OpenGL interface that cares for full compatibility of different professional and well-spread 3D software programmes to X3D's displays. This is a technical success, that opens up a tremendous spectrum of customers in the automotive, pharmacy, industry, chemistry, architecture and aviation businesses.

X3D's CEO Paul-Louis Meunier is truly pleased with the company performance in 2004 and very confident in the booming business in 2005. This is a good reason for the Frenchman to give his Thuringian Team a big accolade with excellent Thuringian specialties and atmosphere. And: Mr. Meunier is full of expectations for CeBIT 2005, where X3D will display its latest technical and business solutions for 3D: After welcoming the German Chancellor and his wife –who were completely enthusiastic by the technology showcased at the X3D booth - at CeBIT 2004, who is going to come this time?

Knotika wins exclusive PHOTO3-D distribution in the UAE
3D-News Posted: Friday, March 4, 2005 (20:22 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

This re-shaped innovation acquired the title "Gadget of the Week" by "Time Magazine", PC Photo magazine gave it Editor's choice, and Popular Mechanics called it "the best product in the market for creating 3-D photographs, period".

"This universal event taking place in United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a project of high importance in terms of big contribution it offers to all society sectors. It is great to innovate and exploit brand new techniques in photography that is to trigger sales increase and open new marketing horizons". Said Wael Juju, the Chairman of Knotika holding.

"Today every computer has a keyboard, a mouse and many now have video cams, my vision is to see PHOTO3-D used widely on the web, with a PHOTO3-D® RC™ Glasses next to every PC. I also envision every home having a PHOTO3-D® family album for safeguarding 'real' memories, we will diligently work towards this goal over the next several years" affirms Ramadan, "we have planted the seeds of a new revolution in photography; we will stay the course to blow it wide open and Dubai is key to this success".

Relying on its wide-spread marketing expertise and highly-crafted staff, Knotika considers this step as a very significant event. For which, Knotika is smartly devoting all potential qualifications of hers to put already-created innovation into quite new concepts of economical and personal backgrounds.

As per initial static's, Knotika anticipates this precious economical project to reach 30 million dirham as primitive turn over within the very first launching year. Knotika is very sure of this business success because of her first-rate experience in similar fields.

This project is a milestone of new developed way of photography and its relevant applications which is to make this re-shaped technology available for everyone and every individual business. The vision tends to give new motives for the success of different promotional campaigns.

Knotika is to start marketing this new product in UAE as an initial step. This is to be followed by possible regional coverage in the very future. Big budget; however, is being devoted up for the promoting and marketing the said project.

"This new product kit contains Photo3-D mini-handled pistol grip tripod, Photo3-D mixer software on CD ROM and user guide, 1 pair of stylish patent-pending Photo3-D glasses, 5 hand-held Photo3-D paper viewers, 3 Photo3-D paper glasses, 1 Photo3-D greeting card, patent-pending Photo3-D 303 attachment. Just use this good combination of simple tools and begin enjoying the awesome, eye-popping effects of 3-D stereoscopic photography", adds Sam Ramadan - Founder & Chairman - Mission3-D.

REAL D Acquires StereoGraphics Corporation to Deliver the Premium Visual Experience for Entertainment and Other Industries
3D-News Posted: Friday, March 4, 2005 (20:17 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

REAL D will set the Industry Standard for the Delivery of 3D Entertainment

REAL D, pioneering the industry standard for the delivery of premium stereoscopic experiences, announced the acquisition of StereoGraphics Corporation, the world's leading inventor, manufacturer and supplier of stereoscopic hardware and software. REAL D will leverage StereoGraphics' 25 years of experience in developing mission-critical technologies for companies like NASA, Pfizer and Boeing to create the platinum-standard for stereoscopic experiences in the entertainment industry.

Through this acquisition, REAL D will become the first company to provide the entertainment industry with a multitude of solutions for the delivery of premium stereoscopic experiences capable of reaching sizeable audiences. Already, the REAL D solution is being enthusiastically embraced by executives in the entertainment, exhibition and advertising industries who are seeking competitive advantages to combat rising competition from other media, such as in-home theaters, cable and DVDs. The REAL D solution also allows exhibitors to realize additional revenue streams from the presentation of stereoscopic movies, alternative programming and high-impact advertising opportunities.

"StereoGraphics has an impeccable track record of delivering best-in-class stereoscopic technologies to leading companies worldwide," said Michael V. Lewis, Chairman, REAL D. "REAL D will harness StereoGraphics' vast scientific and manufacturing expertise to introduce new solutions for content creators and exhibitors who are seeking a competitive advantage in a rapidly changing entertainment industry."

Unlike traditional 3D projection technology that requires two projectors, the REAL D solution allows a single digital projector to play the highest quality stereoscopic content while remaining fully compatible with existing and future 2D digital formats. This model offers exhibitors the maximum flexibility in the types of content they wish to exhibit.

"For decades, the scientific, medical and manufacturing industries have relied on StereoGraphics' patented technology to advance their research and development," said Joshua Greer, CEO, REAL D. "Now, REAL D is applying these advancements achieved by StereoGraphics to architect the unparalleled visual experiences for audiences everywhere."

StereoGraphics, based in San Rafael, Calif., was founded by Lenny Lipton, the foremost pioneer in stereoscopic technology and prolific inventor holding patents in virtually every area of stereoscopic display technology. In 1996 Lipton received an award from the Smithsonian Institution for his invention of CrystalEyes®, the first practical electronic stereoscopic product for computer graphics and video applications. Lipton will become Chief Technology Officer of REAL D.

"I believe REAL D has the passion, leadership and vision to realize my original dreams for stereoscopic technology," said Lenny Lipton, founder of StereoGraphics and Chief Technology Officer of REAL D. "I'm ecstatic to work with the collective team to apply my expertise to forge new ground in the entertainment industry."

REAL D will announce the company's rollout strategy later this year.

3D 2nd Stereoscopic Biennial in Madrid
3D-News Posted: Friday, March 4, 2005 (20:14 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

The 3D 2nd Stereoscopic Biennial will take place in Madrid from the 13th to the 15th of May, 2005. A provisional programme is available opon request and the final programme will be ready on April 25th.

Accommodation in Madrid can be arranged in hotels with prices ranging from 60 to 100 € per night. The enrolment fee will be 100 euros. Welcome and farewell lunches are included in this price.

At the main entrance of the congress will be a stand for exhibition and sale of stereoscopic items.

For information contact Fdo.-Joaquín Elvira, Asociacion de Estereoscopistas Estereo-Imagen, C/ Lopez de Hoyos 363 Dupl Local, 28043 Madrid, Spain. E-Mail: stereofilm@wanadoo.es.

Silver Anniversary Southern Cross Exhibition
3D-News Posted: Friday, March 4, 2005 (19:54 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

The closing date for the Silver Anniversary (25th) Southern Cross International Exhibition of Stereo Photography (Stereo Slide) is March 23, 2005.

Download an Entry Form from http://www.oz3d.info. The Entry fee is US$8.

Results will be posted on the SSCC website at http://www.oz3d.info within a few hours of the judging.

The Southern Cross issues 10 major awards: Best of Show, Second Best of Show, Contemporary, Landscape/Seascape, New Southern Cross Exhibitor, Living Creature or Flower, Action and three Judges Choice Medals.

HD Video Servers from Doremi Labs
3D-News Posted: Friday, March 4, 2005 (19:44 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Doremi Labs started shipping the JPEG2000 compression V1-HD VDR in January 2005. The V1-HD features HD-SDI and SDI in/out and functions as a drop-in replacement for any HD VTR. The V1-HD also features an independent record and play option, and a dual-link HD-SDI option.

The V1-HD's numerous advanced features lend their use to many applications. Its random access and simple video clip and play list programming provides for efficient on-air and live event operation. In a film or video mastering environment the V1-HD becomes a multi-format recorder of compressed SD and HD video.

Its dual-Link HD-SDI option offers 4:4:4 2k resolution for applications such as Digital Cinema, 3D video and super-wide screen as well as stereoscopic video. Its independent record and play option is ideal for broadcast time delay and sports slow motion replay. In sports applications one channel can be set to record the live event, while the other is free to playback any part of the recorded video in slow motion.

For more information, see http://www.doremilabs.com

21st Century 3D updates the 3DVX stereoscopic motion picture camera system - 3DVX.2
3D-News Posted: Friday, March 4, 2005 (19:38 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

21st Century 3D announced the immediate availability of the 3DVX.2, a significant update to the recently developed 3DVX stereoscopic motion picture camera system. The latest round of revisions updates the 6 CCD progressive scan, digital 3D video camcorder, refining its ergonomics and adding important new features. A reduced interaxial distance of 3.65" brings the stereo base of the camera closer to that of natural human vision. Direct to disk recording, 24p mode and "instant sync" have also been added. Zoom and focus are now mechanically synchronized.

Using two entirely discrete channels, the 3DVX.2 records high quality progressive scan 3D imagery at 24 or 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. Left and right eye images are recorded onto low cost, high quality, industry standard miniDV tape, or direct to edit hard drives available from third party vendors. The 3DVX.2 features dual on board left and right miniDV recorders and boasts an entirely self - contained, battery-powered design.

Many previous 3D camera systems have been 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. Worst of all these systems dramatically increase the amount of light needed to shoot. 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, "3DVX.2 is an important update for us. Not only is 3DVX.2 easier to use, more flexible and just plain better than the first camera, it demonstrates our ongoing effort to continually improve and update this technology. We worked with Cinetech in Azusa, CA to develop a really exciting stereoscopic focus and zoom drive. The new camera has been field-tested and it is even more reliable than the initial unit. We will continue to work on new developments and we are excited to be pushing the envelope in this rapidly growing industry."

At the core of the 3DVX.2 lies the highly advanced Panasonic AG-DVX100A, famous for its 24p operating modes and outstanding image quality. 21st Century 3D has taken the DVX100A into the next dimension with the following proprietary modifications:

  • Two AG-DVX100A cameras have been electronically linked and synchronized for frame accurate, genlocked and phase locked stereoscopic recording.
  • A custom designed titanium and aluminum synchronized focus and zoom drive has been added. This unit allows for stereoscopic zooming and easy, single control operation of focus.
  • Extensive mechanical modification of the camera body has reduced body width (lens distance center to center) by more than 1.5"
  • Viewfinders have been mechanically modified to allow for highly accurate real time binocular viewing of the recorded stereoscopic image.
21st Century 3D also announced the development of a new high gain antennae for it wireless 3D video viewing system for the 3DVX.2. The 2.4ghz wireless device delivers stereoscopic video to a remote viewing station and can run for more than six hours on a full charge. The transmitter adds only a few ounces to the camera system and the receiver occup ies the space of a small backpack. The unit can easily be carried by an AC and allows the DP, d irector and other viewers to see what the 3DVX.2 sees in real time and in 3D from a remote location. The high gain antennae is designed to extend the wireless range outdoors and reduce RF interference indoors.

The wireless 3D viewing system helps take the guess work out of the most complex and/or dangerous shots. The integration of a high quality head mounted display with the latest wireless video and audio transmission technology allows for field sequential stereo images to be remotely broadcast from the camera directly to the pack.

The 3DVX.2 is available for world-wide hire only, exclusively through 21st Century 3D in New York. For more information, please visit http://www.21stcentury3d.com.

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