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Raven Moon’s Licensee GINA D’S KIDS CLUB, INC. Plans to Go Public to Fund Stereoscopic 3D Movies
3D-News Posted: Tuesday, April 29, 2008 (10:28 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Raven Moon Entertainment, Inc. announced that its licensee GINA D'S KIDS CLUB, INC. plans to go public so that it can fund two new stereoscopic 3D movies.

GINA D'S KIDS CLUB, INC. who holds a license in perpetuity for all of the "GINA D®" properties, rights and assets of 44 half-hour television broadcast programs and award winning DVD titles, 350 published songs and the newly completed 90 minute made for television movie called "GINA D'S PRE-SCHOOL MUSICAL-THE MOVIE & DVD NARRATED BY CASEY KASEM" (all of which have been fully paid for at a cost of approximately $12 million) plans to go public to raise approximately $15 million through a registered offering.

The funds will be used to produce the fully animated G-Rated "GINA D & THE TRANSISTOR SISTERS-IN SEARCH OF THE GOLDEN RECORD" and "GINA D'S HAPPINESS-LAND ADVENTURE" in stereoscopic 3D.

BSK & Tech Inc. Establishes PraoTech Co. Ltd., a Subsidiary for 3D Imaging Business
3D-News Posted: Tuesday, April 29, 2008 (10:18 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


BSK & Tech Inc., the former Integrated Software Development Inc., a Nevada corporation, established PraoTech Co. Ltd. ("PRAO"), as a subsidiary.

Mr. Young Gil Lim, CEO of BSK & Tech Inc., stated, "Through this subsidiary, BSK expects to enter a new business field of 3D image projection with the production and sales of stereoscopic 3D imaging camera chips and modules. BSK will change its business focus on the rapid growing industry with new technology."

iZ3D Surprises Dads and Grads with New Price of $599
3D-News Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2008 (13:49 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


iZ3D, LLC, designer, developer, and marketer of advanced 3D visualization systems, announced that it has lowered the price of its 3D monitors to $599 just in time for the graduation and Father's Day gift season. The monitors are the ideal gift for casual gamers and 3D movie buffs that want to immerse themselves into the 3D experience. Users can at the push of a hot button switch to 2D mode for homework, word processing or surfing the web. The monitor is available at online retailer http://www.newegg.com or via the tp//www.iZ3D.com website.

"Both dads and graduates will find our large widescreen 3D monitor to be a portal to 3D movie viewing and for off the shelf 3D gaming, making it ideal for the dorm room or home. The popularity of our monitors has allowed us to drop the price and is a turning point in the growing trend towards immersive 3D viewing. Now more consumers can afford to spoil themselves with the thrill of the 3D experience," remarked Thomas Striegler, CEO of iZ3D, LLC.

iZ3D monitors incorporate advances in technology that create significant competitive and technical advantages over other display systems. iZ3D developed this unique technology to create an adjustable stereoscopic 3D environment without causing eyestrain, spatial disorientation, or headaches. In 3D mode, viewers can see clear, bright, sharp 3D images and videos simply by wearing any of a variety of passive polarized glasses. Also, its smart capabilities allow it to be changed at the push of a button from the breath-taking 3D experience to the more mundane 2D viewing for regular office tasks or surfing the web.

The iZ3D 22" monitor offers the first S-3D drivers to be compatible with popular dual output cards, including the NVIDIA GeForce 8 Series and the ATI FireGL™ V3600 workstation graphics accelerator. These drivers also are optimized to take advantage of Intel's® latest Core™ 2 Duo and Intel® Core™ 2 Quad processor technologies. (iZ3D also features drivers that support Microsoft® DirectX® 8 and 9 graphics in both Windows® XP and Microsoft® Windows Vista™.)

The unit is easily powered by existing PCs equipped with a dual-output video card. Specifications include: 1680 x 1050 resolution; up to 170-degree 3D viewing angle; 5ms response time; 700:1 contrast ratio; and 16.7-million colors.

Raven Moon's Licensee Signs Casey & Jean Kasem to 'Gina D and the Transistor Sisters Movie' in Stereoscopic 3D
3D-News Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2008 (13:46 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Raven Moon Entertainment, Inc. announced that its licensee GINA D’S KIDS CLUB, INC., who is the General Partner of Gina D and the Transistor Sisters, the Movie, LLLP, has signed Casey & Jean Kasem to play the roles of "DINO," a hip DJ and "POSIE," one of the TRANSISTOR SISTERS for its G-Rated feature film called "Gina D & The Transistor Sisters – In Search of the Golden Record®" that will be produced in stereoscopic 3D.
In a recently Associated Press story published on March 11, 2008 by Ryan Nakashima, "Hollywood took a big step towards offering more movies in 3D, announcing deals to convert as many as 10,000 more theater screens for the digital technology needed to accommodate the resurgent, eye-popping format.

Access Integrated Technologies Inc. (AIXD) said it had reached agreements with four studios - Disney, News Corp. (NWS)'s 20th Century Fox, Viacom Inc. (VIAB)'s Paramount, and Universal Pictures, which is owned by General Electric Co. (GE)'s NBC Universal - to finance and equip the screens in the U.S. and Canada during the next three years. The announcement came during the kickoff of ShoWest, a conference in Las Vegas where studios unveil clips and other details about upcoming movie lineups.

"The industry is changing and we are prepared for that change," stated Joey DiFrancesco CEO of GINA D’S KIDS CLUB, INC. This stereoscopic 3D process can generate additional revenues above and beyond traditional sales revenues from traditional formats. With a new 20% gross license agreement with GINA D’S KIDS CLUB, INC. in place for RAVEN MOON ENTERTAINMENT, INC., it is anticipated that except for SEC required audit and related filing fees, there will be no expenses for Raven Moon Entertainment in 2008. With a smaller number of outstanding common shares in the float, anticipated revenues and no expenses, the company’s share price could turn around and bring value to our public shareholders this year."

StereoVision Imaging to Offer Dimension Technologies' 2D/3D Auto Stereoscopic Monitors
3D-News Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2008 (12:18 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


StereoVision Imaging (SVI) announced that they will resell Dimension Technologies Inc. (DTI) market leading 2D/3D glass-free switchable autostereoscopic displays as a complement to its patented 3D digital image capturing device, the 3D VuCAM(TM).

Under the agreement, StereoVision Imaging will resell DTI's pioneering 3D monitors to its aviation, military, research, scientific, design and early adopter consumer customers who desire to view stereo images captured with the 3D VuCAM(TM) without the need for stereoscopic eyewear. "We are very excited to be offering our customers an alternative and exciting method of viewing 3D images captured from our 3D VUCAM(TM) device," said Gregory Steinthal, President/CEO for Stereovision Imaging.

Unlike other methods of capturing 3D images, the 3D VuCAM(TM) enables capturing digital 3D images from far distances by integrating patented digital camera technology with high quality binocular optics into one handheld device.

"Bundling the 3D VuCAM(TM) with our technology is a perfect complement. This allows the end-user to go out on the field and readily capture 3D content for later viewing and analysis on our monitors," said Arnie Lagergren, CEO, of DTI.

Quantel establishes firm lead in Stereo3D
3D-News Posted: Tuesday, April 22, 2008 (10:50 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Since its initial launch at IBC last year, the Quantel 3D Roadshow has been touring the world demonstrating the Stereoscopic 3D upgrade for Pablo to a wide range of broadcasters, filmmakers, advertising industry executives and corporate clients. Response has been nothing short of phenomenal, with more than 6000 people so far witnessing exactly what productions can do with modern stereo3D and the power of the Quantel post production solution. The roadshow is at NAB too, allowing attendees to see exactly what all the excitement is about 3D every hour throughout the show. After that it continues its journey around the world through May.

"I personally have given over 150 3D presentations," stated Group Marketing Manager, Norman Rouse. "And everywhere we go you see the people sitting there in amazement. The number one thing I keep getting asked by post houses and broadcasters is 'How do we make the most of this fantastic opportunity?'. The success of 'Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert' – two days' shooting, eleven weeks to post, one of the biggest opening weekend box offices everand $64m takings to date - those are numbers that are really focussing people's minds."

It is not just hype either, as Quantel is also selling machines on the back of the huge interest in the subject. 17 brand-new Pablo machines or the Stereoscopic 3D upgrades for Pablo have been purchased by post and DI houses in the past few months and they have all been put hard to work on 3D projects for clients from all the major studios.

"Quantel has already established a firm lead in the field of Stereo3D and NAB is a great opportunity for people to investigate the subject further and attend one of our demonstrations," commented Rouse. "We are also still very much pushing ahead with new tools and technology for the area - with the new Quattro software, Quantel owners can now record left-eye/right-eye stereo signals at the same time in realtime, for example. Stereo3D is a massive opportunity for the entire industry and only Quantel provides the tools to produce it quickly and cost-effectively while still retaining the extremely high levels of quality that are vital for successful 3D results on screen."

International Datacasting's 3D Digital Cinema Product With Sensio Technology a Hit at European Satexpo Event
3D-News Posted: Friday, April 18, 2008 (5:09 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


International Datacasting Corporation, a global leader in providing advanced solutions for multimedia content distribution via satellite, announced the European debut of its SuperFlex Pro Cinema 3D Live product line with embedded Sensio® 3-D technology at the recent SatExpo tradeshow in Rome, Italy.

IDC provides complete end-to-end secure satellite network solutions for the delivery of movie files and live events for digital cinema and e-cinema applications. The newest addition to IDC's SuperFlex digital cinema product line was the highlight of the event. The Pro Cinema 3D Live Encoder and Decoder features integrated leading-edge Sensio® technology. Pro Cinema units were installed in a theatre at the SatExpo event and flawlessly delivered 3D content to an audience comprised of Italian theatre owners and distributors in addition to regular cinema patrons.

SAT EXPO is an advanced space and telecommunications event that attracts over 10,000 industry representatives to see the latest in advanced satellite technologies from around the world. This year, digital cinema and the delivery of digital movies were a major focus of the event. The Pro Cinema products were presented in partnership with Open Sky, an IDC customer that is implementing digital cinema solutions throughout Italy.

The SuperFlex Pro Cinema 3D Live Encoder and Decoder supports both 2D and 3D live and pre-recorded events, which allows cinemas and other venues increased revenue opportunities via alternative content programming.

"We've been providing leading-edge digital cinema technology solutions for many years. I'm thrilled to see this business starting to take off in Europe and other international markets. These new opportunities come at an important time in our company's growth. Our European subsidiary PROFline will be front and center in supporting this technology rollout as it continues to develop." said Ron Clifton, President and CEO of IDC.

3D@Home Consortium Launched With Significant Industry Support
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, April 16, 2008 (3:49 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


The U.S. Display Consortium (USDC) and Insight Media have officially announced the formation of the 3D@Home Consortium, a non-profit alliance of high-tech industry leaders mobilizing to provide consumers with quality, yet affordable in-home 3D entertainment. The 22 international founding members of the Consortium were revealed at an opening meeting during the NAB conference and include Board Level members Philips and Samsung, Leadership Level member Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, and 19 other members including Thomson, IMAX, TDVision, 3DIcon, Corning, Planar Systems, QPC Laser, SeeReal, 3ality, DDD, In-Three, Quantum Data, Sensio, Fraunhofer Institute IMPS, Sim2, Setred, Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Holografika and Volfoni.

"This strong international group of founding companies is a testament to the wide spread interest and possibilities in stereoscopic 3D home entertainment," noted USDC CEO Michael Ciesinski. "We expect many more to join in the coming months with our efforts to help speed adoption of 3D in the home to begin immediately."

At the Consortium's first informational meeting at the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas, Insight Media, USDC and several founding members, provided more details about the consortium's charter and direction.

The 3D@Home Consortium has been formed to accommodate the desire within the 3D industry to speed the commercialization of 3D home entertainment, while delivering the best possible 3D viewing experience to a worldwide audience of consumers. To achieve this objective, the group is focused on three primary short-term goals:

  • Creating and publishing useful technical roadmaps;
  • Developing educational materials for consumer and retail channels; and
  • Facilitating the development of industry standards and their dissemination.
"This consortium represents an important next step in driving advancements in the burgeoning 3D market," said USDC CTO Dr. Mark Hartney. "We see a host of new opportunities for cooperation and innovation on the horizon - not only for display providers, but for those within every facet of the 3D technology chain - and we look forward to working with the consortium members to promote these efforts."

Driven by the success of 3D in digital cinema, an entire new ecosystem is forming to develop the hardware, software, content and delivery mechanisms to bring 3D entertainment into the home. This will include 3D gaming, sports, movies and other entertainment. "In 2008, millions of TVs, capable of showing stereoscopic 3D content, will be purchased by consumers," noted Insight Media President, Chris Chinnock. "The value of DLP, PDP and LCD TVs sold in 2008 that are capable of showing HD-quality stereoscopic 3D content is expected to exceed $2 billion dollars, making this market large enough to attract the interest and attention of many players."

To organize the consortium, Insight Media and USDC listened to the concerns and objectives of many of the key industry players and crafted a mission statement and consortium focus that represents these concerns and objectives. As a result, the consortium includes four steering teams, to be filled as members come on board, organized around technology scope and function: 3D Content Creation and Production; 3D Content Storage, Transmission and Distribution; 3D Promotion; and 3D Displays. More details about the steering teams, membership packages and proposed organizational structure can be found at http://www.3DatHome.org

21st Century 3D Introduces New Digital Stereoscopic Motion Picture Camera System
3D-News Posted: Tuesday, April 15, 2008 (8:59 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Stereoscopic production company and technology innovator 21st Century 3D announced a new addition to its line up of digital stereoscopic motion picture cameras. At a time when 3D production is booming and major studios are calling for more live action 3D camera equipment, the 3DP2 arrives as a new live action 3D camera system that shoots high definition stereoscopic images directly to solid-state memory. The 3DP2 is 21st Century 3D's first system to be developed in the beam splitter configuration. Utilizing an optical beam splitting glass element, two cameras are mounted perpendicular to one another on either side of the glass. This arrangement allows for a variable interocular spacing, ranging from 0" – 4". The operator can dynamically adjust the 3DP2's depth settings during a shot to vary the intensity of the 3D effect. Small stereo base settings can be used for extreme close ups and wider settings can compensate for longer focal lengths or subjects at greater distances from the camera.

Typical beam splitter cameras may record specular highlights or polarized light sources in one eye that appear differently or are not visible to the other. This can be a distracting artifact in the final stereo image. Since one camera receives incident light and the other reflected light, polarization and other optical issues are a concern. In the development of the 3DP2, special attention has been paid to avoid polarization problems typically associated with other optical beam splitter 3D cameras. By utilizing a uniquely prescribed optical coating, maximum 3D image quality is obtained while simultaneously avoiding ghost images or internal reflections.

An onboard integrated monitoring system easily allows the DP, operator or focus puller to view left image, right image or a multiplexed 3D image (50/50 on a monoscopic screen). Multiple analog preview outputs allow viewers at a remote video village to see left, right or 3D independently of the on camera monitor. Additionally, dual HD-SDI outputs allow for a wide array of monitoring and recording options.

The 3DP2's overall weight is less than 40 lbs with battery and storage media, making it one of the smallest and lightest self-contained 3D beam splitter cameras available. This weight advantage facilities steadicam or even hand held operation and rapid setups. The camera can record 1920x1080 per eye at 24 fps or 30 fps. Variable frame rates are available at 1280x720 at up to 60 fps. Data is recorded to industry standard P2 cards at 100Mbps in the DVCProHD format. In addition to onboard solid-state media, and HD-SDI, the 3DP2 offers dual component analog outputs for maximum monitoring and recording flexibility. The two HD-SDI signals can be multiplexed to facilitate live transmission of 3D images for applications like broadcast and closed circuit.

The 3DP2 can also be deployed in an extra wide hyper stereoscopic configuration. A nearly one meter stereo base allows for extremely realistic 3D effects when shooting even the most distant subjects. Developed in conjunction with Nelson Tyler of Tyler Camera Systems, the 3DVX-H is design to work with Tyler Major Mount helicopter based camera stabilization systems to facilitate stereoscopic aerial photography. The 3DVX-H is the world's only gyroscopically stabilized, gas shock isolated, one meter wide stereoscopic camera system. The addition of 3DP2 technology adds the reliability of solid-state recording and enhanced resolution.

The 3DP2 was recently used in production of the upcoming feature film Call of the Wild starring Christopher Lloyd. Shot on location in Lincoln, Montana, the compact size and solid state recording mechanism proved invaluable while enduring the bitter cold, snow and overall harsh shooting environment. The all aluminum custom construction is extremely rigid, durable and lightweight.

The first public demonstration of the 3DP2 camera will take place at the National Association of Broadcasters convention at the Las Vegas Convention Center Las Vegas, NV. In association with TDVision, industry leader in stereoscopic encoding and portable immersive display technology, 21st Century 3D will be showing a live HD 3D demo in the Central Hall booth number C9042.

Stereoscopic 3D Content at Home
3D-News Posted: Tuesday, April 15, 2008 (8:57 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


TDVision Systems, Inc., the leader in stereoscopic 3D acquisition, encoding, broadcast, and display technologies unveils TDVCodec, the worlds first 2D and MPEG compatible stereoscopic format that maintains 2D and MPEG compatibility with legacy systems at the 2008 National Association of Broadcasters show (NAB) in Las Vegas, NV.

Video streams encoded in TDVCodec format are viewable in all existing 2D set top boxes, DVD/Blu-ray(TM) players and presented on 2D televisions with no loss in color, resolution or frame rate. The same digital video stream can also be reproduced using TDVReady devices and PCs with TDVision's Dejaview software and visualized in true 3D stereoscopic displays such as 3D Ready DLP televisions (Samsung(TM) & Mitsubishi(TM)) or by using the portable and immersive TDVisor from TDVision.

TDVision will also be showing a set of Blu-ray(TM) discs with content encoded using the TDVCodec format running in 2D on the PlayStation3(TM) and 3D running on the PC connected to the stereoscopic displays. Demonstrated Blu-ray(TM) content includes a dimensionalized 3D Star Wars(TM) clip from In-Three, 3D reels from 21st Century 3D, and content from ParadiseFX and Intuitive Surgical.

"By encoding 3D content with our TDVCodec, one single file dramatically reduces the production, replication, and distribution costs, saving hundreds of millions of dollars to producers and broadcasters while maintaining full compatibility with existing 2D platforms. Every person in the world will be able see the content, and if you happen to have TDVReady equipment and a Samsung(TM) TV or a portable HD TDVisor then you're ready to experience HD 3D anywhere," said Manuel Gutierrez Novelo, President and CEO of TDVision Systems.

TDVision will also be showing a live 3D camera demo by the use of 21st Century 3D's 3DP2 camera connected directly to TDVision's TDVisor. This will demonstrate the complete implementation from acquisition, encoding, and decoding to visualization for the complete 3D echo system.

"TDVision's TDVisor is indisputably the best in its class," said Jason Goodman, CEO of 21st Century 3D. "We are using it for the viewfinder of our new advanced 3DP2 stereoscopic camera," he continued.

This demonstration proves the feasibility of encoding 3D content powered by TDVision's technology and keeping compatibility with the existing 2D platform, ready to support new stereoscopic display technologies, reducing the production costs, and increasing sales by offering the customer a completely new experience and watch 3D movies at home.

TDVision Systems will be presenting April 14-17 at the NAB show located at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Central Hall exhibit number 9042.

DOLPHINS AND WHALES 3D Makes Film History in Germany With Most Successful 3D Documentary Opening at IMAX(R) Theatres and Digital Cinemas
3D-News Posted: Monday, April 7, 2008 (10:14 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Filmmakers Jean-Jacques and Francois Mantello (the Mantello Brothers) and film presenter Jean-Michel Cousteau are pleased to announce that their new IMAX 3D Theatre film DOLPHINS AND WHALES 3D has grossed USD 607,000 at the box office in Germany in its first two and a half weeks of exhibition, making it the most successful release ever for a 3D documentary film in the country. 47,000 German spectators have seen the film since its March 13th opening on just 17 screens.

"We are thrilled by the fantastic reaction of both audiences and critics to our latest film. This success is due in no small part to the superb images of whales and dolphins captured for the very first time in 3D and the vocal performance Martina Gedeck provided in German on the heels of Daryl Hannah's contribution to the original version," said the Mantello Brothers. "This is excellent news for our DOLPHINS AND WHALES 3D and its worldwide run following its initial staggered release on February 15th in the US where it has posted solid and steady attendance rates with average revenues per screen totalizing $106,000 since its opening."

For Oliver Fock, general manager of leading movie exhibitor Greater Union Filmpalast which operates the CineStar IMAX 3D theatre in Berlin, "DOLPHINS AND WHALES 3D marks the most successful release ever at our IMAX 3D theatre since its inception eight years ago. Our strong and stimulating relationship with 3D Entertainment has been instrumental in the film's box office success. Given the positive word of mouth and the increasingly strong reaction to this unique 3D experience, we're hopeful that this great family film will show long legs in the weeks ahead."

DOLPHINS AND WHALES 3D benefited from a day-and-date release on March 13th at Germany's three IMAX 3D theatres -- the CineStar IMAX 3D theatre in Berlin, Sinsheim's Auto & Technik Museum, and Cinecitta in Nuremberg -- as well as at 14 Digital 3D cinemas nationwide, including the Cinemagnum Cinemas in Frankfurt, Weimar, Dresden and Wurzburg, and the Forum am Deutschen Museum in Munich, among others. DELFINE UND WALE 3D: Nomaden der Meere (German title) is distributed by 3D Entertainment Distribution with Fantasia Film Gmbh & Co Verleih in Germany and Austria.

The film's European premiere was held on March 10 at Berlin's CineStar IMAX 3D Theatre at Potsdamer Platz with the filmmakers, ocean explorer and film ambassador Jean-Michel Cousteau, narrator Martina Gedeck ("The Lives of Others," "Elementary Particles," "The Good Shepherd"), national celebrities and leaders from top conservation organizations in attendance. A high-resolution image of Jean-Michel Cousteau and Martina Gedeck at the European Premiere in Berlin is available through PR Newswire and Newscom.

DOLPHINS AND WHALES 3D is currently being shown at 12 IMAX 3D theatres in North America and is continuing its rollout with a total of 49 license agreements to date signed by IMAX 3D theatres. Additional engagements stemming from the film's industry premiere at the Giant Screen Cinema Association's Film Expo held in London (UK) in early March will be announced in the coming days.

In North America, the film can be seen at Boston's New England Aquarium, New Orleans' Audubon Institute, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo, the Virginia Aquarium in Virginia Beach and Austin's Texas State History Museum, as well as at IMAX 3D theatres in Atlantic City (NJ), West Nyack (NY), Tulsa (OK), Myrtle Beach (SC), Vancouver (BC), Indianapolis (IN) and Dallas (TX). Upcoming openings include the Tennessee Aquarium's IMAX 3D Theatre in Chattanooga (TN), Tempe's IMAX 3D theatre at Arizona Mills (AZ) and the IMAX 3D at Providence Place Cinemas 16 in Providence (RI). For a comprehensive list, please connect to http://www.DOLPHINSandWHALES3D.com/IMAXscreens

DOLPHINS AND WHALES 3D immerses viewers in the daily lives of small and giant cetaceans as they interact socially, play, communicate, feed, breed, migrate and fight for their survival. It also delivers a powerful message in favour of the protection of these tribes while they are facing the greatest challenge of all: to survive the destruction of their habitat and depletion of food resources. Unlike other IMAX-type films, it was shot entirely in the wild and consists solely of underwater footage, with no humans on screen. The film is produced by 3D Entertainment and McKinney Underwater Productions and released by 3D Entertainment's distribution unit in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society, the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS -- The Bonn Convention), and non-profit organizations PADI's Project Aware and Reef Check.

The official film website is http://www.DOLPHINSandWHALES3D.com

3Dims and projectiondesign create Four Space 110 3D stereoscopic CAVE visualisation system
3D-News Posted: Monday, April 7, 2008 (9:01 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Eight F20 sx DLP® projectors from projectiondesign with built-in Infitec(tm) filters are used in an immersive and interactive 3D stereoscopic computer aided virtual environment (CAVE) visualisation system named Four Space 110.

Operational since February 2008, the system was designed by Frankfurt-based systems integrator 3Dims GmbH and is situated at the Human Machine Communication Centre at the Munich University of Technology in Germany.

The Four Space 110 CAVE allows the researcher to be completely immersed in the application with surrounding walls, floor and a ceiling and has a wide viewing angle of 110 degrees. "The CAVE is best way to explore three-dimensional data and being both immersive and interactive it helps students and researchers studying human-machine interaction and communication. It has very practical applications in joint projects with a host of industry disciplines, including car manufacturing and design, human interaction with machines, 3D electronic modelling, oil and gas exploration, medicine and architecture" says Friedhelm Birk, Managing Director of 3Dims GmbH.

In the CAVE, the eight F20 sx projectors are fitted with Infitec(tm) stereoscopic channel filters for the reproduction of twelve million pixel 3D images and are integrated with a Fujitsu Siemens Celcius Workstation, powerful nVida graphic cards and IC:IDO immersive software.

The intuitive control is managed by six optical ART tracking cameras, which track and map core head and hand positions using x, y and z coordinates. These coordinates are then fed back into the graphics cluster and the scene is calculated for exactly where the subject is looking for analysis. The environment is also immersive and unlike a flat or curved 3D screen where you have a single display and a limited field of view, in the 110 degree CAVE it's possible for the subject to turn around and see right, left, up, down and behind. The CAVE itself is two-and-a-half metres high, five metres wide and three metres deep. Behind the CAVE are mirrors and the racks which house tracking systems and other hardware.

projectiondesign's Marketing & Communication Manager, Anders Løkke says the company's projectors more than meet the CAVE's imaging demands: "Our F20 sx projectiors with built-in Infitec filters help to provide best presentation of graphical data combined the image quality and accuracy which is required for 3D stereo visual immersion and interaction. These elements combine to enable researchers to better understand and interpret the interaction between humans and machines."

Mr Ablassmeier at the Human Machine Communication Centre at the Munich University of Technology adds, "We were looking for new innovative ways to explore new ways of human interaction and our new system from 3Dims delivered best imaging solution to our highest satisfaction."

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