3D-News Archive May 2000


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David Hutchison died
3D-News Posted: Saturday, May 13, 2000 (1:33 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


David Hutchison, author of the famous 3D-book "Fantastic 3D", died
at Roosevelt Hospital in New York City early on the morning of May 3rd
after a six-month battle with pancreatic cancer, which he conducted
with amazing bravery and good humor. There will be a memorial service
in New York later this year.

He was a good friend of your Webmaster and will be sadly missed by the
whole 3D-community.

Stereoscopic Displays and Applications XII (EI07)
3D-News Posted: Thursday, May 11, 2000 (17:42 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Announcement and Call For Papers

Conference Chairs:
Andrew J. Woods, Curtin Univ. of Technology (Australia);
John O. Merritt, The Merritt Group;
Stephen A. Benton, MIT Media Lab.

Program Committee:
Neil A. Dodgson, Univ. of Cambridge (UK);
Janusz Konrad, INRS-Telecommunications (Canada);
Shojiro Nagata, Japan 3D Forum/InterVision (Japan);
Vivian K. Walworth, Rowland Institute for Science;
Michael A. Weissman, Karl Storz Imaging, Inc.

This conference will focus on recent advances in stereoscopic imaging
covering topics such as 3D display hardware, developments in computer
software and digital techniques, and applications that illustrate the
user-interface issues and cost/benefit trade-offs of stereoscopic 3D
displays. In both real-world and computer-generated imaging
applications, stereoscopic 3D display technologies can enhance the
user's ability to perceive objects in their correct spatial locations,
to move through display space easily, and to manipulate objects
efficiently and accurately. The parallel focus on human factors
issues and applications requirements is intended to help guide future
display system development and task-based evaluation of 3D
technologies. The conference will help practitioners and researchers
from industry and academia exchange current information on
stereoscopic 3D techniques and applications. Hardware demonstrations
of 3D technologies and applications are highly encouraged at the demo
session that follows paper presentations. Facilities for large-screen
stereoscopic projection (both still and video) will be available for
the presenters.

Papers are solicited for, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • advances in stereoscopic display technologies: autostereoscopic
    displays, "virtual window" displays, stereoscopic projection, and
    other 3D displays; methods for recording, playback, transmission,
    and processing of stereoscopic video


  • digital stereoscopic imaging: digital processing and compression of
    stereoscopic imagery; stereoscopic image synthesis: 2D to 3D
    conversion, depth map generation, and multi-viewpoint generation;
    transmission standards supporting digital stereoscopic images;
    software and hardware issues for computer display of stereoscopic
    images


  • 3D image acquisition/generation techniques: single- and multi-lens
    camera systems; motion parallax, volume projection, graphical
    construction, and other stereoscopic image generation techniques


  • design, development, and evaluation of stereoscopic display systems
    for teleoperation, telerobotics, telepresence, telesurgery, and
    augmented reality


  • applications of stereoscopic displays in areas such as scientific
    visualization, medical imaging, teleoperation and telepresence,
    industrial inspection, communications, entertainment,
    broadcast/cable TV, training, CAD/CAM, molecular modeling,
    advertising, and others


  • human factors issues in stereoscopic display system evaluation:
    benefits for processing and compression of stereoscopic images; task
    performance comparisons between stereoscopic and non-stereoscopic
    displays; side-benefits of stereoscopic display techniques;
    evaluation methodologies (e.g., depth-acuity measurement) and
    task-performance testing


  • user-interface issues in stereoscopic display system design:
    perceptual and cognitive guidelines for stereoscopic displays;
    3D remote manipulation and control of viewpoint; ortho-stereo,
    hyper-stereo, and the geometry of 3D perceptual space


  • standards for stereoscopic imaging.
Abstract Due Date: 26 June 2000
Final Summary Due Date: 20 November 2000
Manuscript Due Date: 18 December 2000
Conference Dates: 3 days during the period 21-26 January 2001
(final dates to be advised)
Location: San Jose Convention Centre, San Jose, California.

Visit the conference website for abstract submission details:
http://www.stereoscopic.org/2001

Elsa's New Gladiac Accelerator in Stores - Compatible with 3D Revelator Glasses
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, May 3, 2000 (6:06 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


ELSA, Inc., a world leader in computer graphics and communications
solutions, announced last week the early shipment of its new ELSA
GLADIAC 3D graphics accelerator with 32MB of memory. Based on the
recently announced GeForce2 GTS from NVIDIA, ELSA GLADIAC delivers
pure 3D speed and intense realism to games on AGP-enabled PCs. Priced
at $349, ELSA GLADIAC is available at all Bay Area Frys Electronics
stores since Saturday, April 29 and will be deployed nationwide
Thursday, May 4. Electronics Boutique plans to have product available
nationwide beginning today, Tuesday, May 2.

"ELSA is thrilled to make such awesome graphics horsepower available
to the masses this soon", said Charles Watson, director of product
marketing for ELSA, Inc. "Gamers don't want to wait for the hottest 3D
technology, so we've worked swiftly to provide a quality product as
quickly as possible."

ELSA GLADIAC utilizes the NVIDIA Shading Rasterizer (NSR), a radical
new technology that enables advanced per-pixel shading capabilities.
This new engine delivers a tremendous breakthrough, performing 7 pixel
operations in a single pass on each of four pixel pipelines, simul-
taneously. All of this makes GeForce2 GTS the world's first eight-
texel-per-clock architecture. GeForce2 GTS delivers 1.6-billion texels
(or 1.6-Gigatexels) per second, more than three times the texture
processing power of any previous consumer graphics product.

"ELSA continues to demonstrate technological leadership combined with
engineering respected worldwide and the GLADIAC accelerators are the
latest examples," said Dr. Jon Peddie, president of Jon Peddie
Associates (Mill Valley, CA) the leading market research firm tracking
digital media. "Our research indicates the new class of T&L-based
games that will exploit GLADIAC could reach a million units in sales
this year and three times that in 2001."

The GLADIAC Retail Package
The retail version of GLADIAC will be standard with 32MB of DDR
memory, Windows 9X, Windows 2000, Windows NT and Linux drivers as well
as ELSA's suite of desktop utilities and a software DVD player.
Additionally, GLADIAC can be upgraded with a video in/video out (VIVO)
module and is compatible with the popular 3D REVELATOR stereo gaming
glasses for immersive, life-like 3D. Also included in the package is
the industry's first custom software bundle, ELSA Best Select, pro-
viding customers two free titles from a list of 10 of the hottest
games this season. Additionally, GLADIAC customers can purchase up to
three more titles at extremely low prices. ELSA provides a six-year
warranty.

In addition to Electronics Boutique and Frys, GLADIAC will be
available by May 5th from the following ELSA merchants Buy.com,
Computers4sure.com, D&H, Egghead.com, Ingram-Micro, MicroCenter,
Outpost.com and TechData as well as on the company's online store at
www.shopelsa.com. The 3D REVELATOR glasses are available now and the
VIVO module will be available exclusively on ELSA's online store later
in May.

Canadian Photographer Debuts New 3D Print Medium
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, May 3, 2000 (5:42 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


First exhibit of its kind in Canada

TORONTO - Simon M. Bell, photographer of five stereo nature books,
exhibits his work in a new medium, displayed for the first time in
Canada, called the StereoJet print.

The exhibit, StereoJets: Travels in the Third Dimension, runs from May
6th to May 31st at the Alchemy Artist Centre, 3038 Dundas St. West, at
High Park Ave., in Toronto. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday,
12-6 PM, Thursday till 8 PM.

Combining the traditional techniques of stereo photography with
advanced digital printing technology, these images transcend the
normal viewing experience. Large, full colour, polarized prints allow
the viewer to see these remarkable images in all three dimensions.

The photographs have been chosen to reflect Mr. Bell's wide ranging
interests and travel destinations. From the mud and mayhem of
Woodstock '94 to the delicate threads of a spider's web, each image is
enhanced by the added third dimension.

"There are limits to what we are capable of seeing with our standard-
issue eyeballs", says Mr. Bell. "By expanding or contracting the 3rd
dimension, stereography gives us a magic window into our world. We see
a flower as a bee might see it. We see clouds as if we were giants."

Mr. Bell has produced five 3D children's nature books for Somerville
House Books Ltd. He is currently working on the sixth and seventh
books in the Eye-to Eye series, "Butterflies and Moths" and "Animals
of the Serengeti".

The exhibit will be the first in Canada to use a newly developed
stereo-print technology. The idea for polarized printing was
originally developed years ago by Edward Land, the inventive founder
of Polaroid. Today the Rowlands Research Institute, in Cambridge
Massachusetts, continues his work. By combining polarization with
digital ink-jet technology, they have created a new kind of colour
print that shows full depth when viewed with polarized glasses.

StereoJets: Travels in the Third Dimension is part of CONTACT 2000,
the 4th annual Toronto Photography Festival.

StereoGraphics Offers Stereoscopic Visualization Technology for Low-Cost Graphics Cards
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, May 3, 2000 (5:32 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


3Dlabs Oxygen VX1 Graphics Card Features Stereo3D Support

StereoGraphics®, the world’s leading supplier of
stereoscopic visualization products, announced in late April that the
3Dlabs® Oxygen® VX1 graphics accelerator now
offers Stereo3D™ support when used in conjunction with StereoGraphics'
new StereoEnabler. By incorporating StereoGraphics patented technology
into its PowerThreads™ OpenGL® drivers for the Oxygen VX1,
stereo visualization is now available for OpenGL applications at a new
affordable price.

"3Dlabs' sole focus is delivering high performance graphics solutions
at affordable prices to our professional design customers," said Neil
Trevett, vice president of marketing, 3Dlabs. "While many design
professionals understand the benefits of stereoscopic visualization,
the necessary hardware has been too expensive for widespread use. The
integration of 3Dlabs' and StereoGraphics' technologies has now
produced the Oxygen VX1-Stereo - a compelling complete stereo solution
at a price point that will enable a wider audience of design
professionals to gain the productivity benefits of viewing in stereo."

The Oxygen VX1 card is a powerful 3D graphics card, not normally
providing stereoscopic visualization support but containing all the
architecture necessary to support stereo visualization. Working
closely with StereoGraphics Corporation, 3Dlabs added stereoscopic
visualization capabilities through the use of a stereo adapter, the
StereoEnabler. The StereoEnabler attaches directly to the SVGA
connector on the Oxygen VX1, providing a clean pass-through of the
video signal and automatically generating a stereo sync signal output
to a standard VESA stereo connector. The package works with all stereo
software applications supported by OpenGL on Windows NT and Windows
2000 and works with all StereoGraphics Stereo3D products.

"This is the first time that complete, professional-quality,
high-resolution stereo has been available below $600. This is an
achievement made possible only by the close cooperation of two
industry leaders such as 3Dlabs and StereoGraphics," said Ian Matthew,
director of marketing, StereoGraphics Corporation. "The plug-and-play
functionality of our package is a simple solution that is an
especially attractive and sensible option for professionals in the
MCAD and AEC CAD markets as well as for experimental chemists who need
to visualize complex molecular structures. We are confident that our
joint development efforts will allow a multitude of design
professionals to experience an easy transition into the world of
viewing in Stereo3D."

Pricing and Availability

3Dlabs' Oxygen VX1 graphics accelerator and StereoGraphics
StereoEnabler can be purchased together with StereoGraphics'
CrystalEyes® Wired as the Oxygen VX1-Stereo bundle
for a suggested list price of $599(US). The three products can also be
purchased separately, and carry suggested list prices of $299(US),
$59(US) and $299(US) respectively.

About Stereo3D Technology

Stereo3D is the use of computer technology to recreate the way we
naturally see depth -- stereoscopically. Stereoscopic viewing
describes how we use both eyes, each with a slightly different
perspective, to perceive depth and perspective in a physical
environment.

Stereo3D delivers the most realistic visual representation possible of
complex digital models, giving architects, engineers, scientists, and
medical and graphics professionals the best possible understanding of
three-dimensional information and yields levels of technical pro-
ficiency not available using a typical 3D view.

StereoGraphics Stereo3D products have been in use for over a decade in
key design and engineering centers within organizations such as
General Motors, Ford, Caterpillar and NASA. Stereo3D products such as
CrystalEyes®, CrystalEyes® Wired and Monitor
ZScreen® 2000i allow professionals dealing with large
multi-dimensional data sets to visualize images more naturally,
enabling earlier detection of design errors, enhanced design review
and faster time-to-market.

About StereoGraphics
StereoGraphics Corporation is the world’s leading supplier of Stereo3D
visualization products. StereoGraphics products allow architects,
engineers, scientists, and medical and graphics professionals to
visualize large, complex data sets naturally and interactively.
Today, over 75,000 users utilize StereoGraphics products to enable
earlier detection of design errors, enhance design review and
accelerate time-to-market. StereoGraphics products are sold worldwide
through a network of authorized resellers. For additional product,
sales or reseller information on the StereoEnabler and other Stereo3D
products from StereoGraphics, customers can call 800-783-2660 (in the
Detroit area, 734-591-4035 and outside the United States,
415-459-4500), visit the company’s Web site at
www.stereographics.com or
send an email to sales@stereographics.com.

Celebrate The Century 1990s - With Virtual Reality Stamp
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, May 3, 2000 (2:30 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Issued today, May 2nd, in Escondido CA 92027 is the "Celebrate The
Century 1990s" stamp pane, which also features a stamp about Virtual
Reality.

The 1990's may have marked the end of the 1900's, but it was also the
beginning of many breakthroughs. The World Wide Web and cell phones
became important tools in many Americans' lives. Computer art and
graphics created movie-making history in such epics as 'Titanic' and
'Jurassic Park'. We also witnessed breakthroughs in space exploration
and species recovery.



Virtual Reality became a reality and sport utility vehicles became the
hot new thing. records were broken in both the Special Olympics and
Major League Baseball. Improving education became a national priority.

During all these innovations, we had a few laughs with Jerry Seinfeld
and gang. And a lot of smiles when the Gulf War veterans returned
victorious. Illustrated by Drew Struzan, these 15 stamps embody an era
the USA are proud to remember.

Stamp with Hologram from Finland
3D-News Posted: Tuesday, May 2, 2000 (16:30 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Science and scientific education have always been valued in Finland,
and lately they have only increased in importance. At the beginning
of the new millennium, Finland is one of the world's forerunners in
high-tech - the base for their present economic growth.



Finland Post wants to draw attention to this remarkable development
with a three-stamp miniature sheet challenging you to mathematical
thinking. The stamps of the sheet form the Tangram Puzzle - an
ancient Chinese puzzle. The purpose is to form two smaller squares of
equivalent sizes by reorganising the pieces of the puzzle. The stamps
are basic geometrical units: a triangle stamp features girls in a
laboratory, a parallelogram has DNA research as its topic, and a
square symbolises digital communication.

A triangular hologram is located on one of the stamps.

The sheet's designers are Ms Susanna Rumpu and Mr Ari Lakaniemi. The
stamps are priced at FIM 3.50 so the entire sheet costs FIM 10.50.

Issue date: 30 May 2000.

3D-News now with Feedback Option
3D-News Posted: Monday, May 1, 2000 (18:39 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


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Biggest Stereoscopic Society Convention ever
3D-News Posted: Monday, May 1, 2000 (8:27 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Next week's Stereoscopic Society Convention, taking place in York,
England, from May 5th to 7th, will be the largest convention ever,
with more than 150 people attending.

Your Stereoscopy.com Webmaster will allso be there and is looking
forward to seeing some of you there.

For more information, please have a look at the Stereoscopic
Society Homepage
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Image Technology - Lenticular Processing
3D-News Posted: Monday, May 1, 2000 (7:07 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


With 3D-Image Technology (a.k.a. "ImageTech") of Norcross/Georgia
no longer existing, some 3D-friends have been wondering what to do with
their films taken with three-lensed stereo cameras. A company in California
is fulfilling ImageTech's remaining orders and offers processing of new
lenticular films as well. They will, however, NOT handle any films of four-lensed
cameras, such as Nimslo or Rittai.

Following is the original letter sent to all of ImageTech's customers:


3D IMAGING SYSTEMS, INC.
P.O. Box 5035
Monrovia, CA 91017-7135
Tel: (626) 930-0666
Fax: (626) 930-0966



SORRY FOR THE DELAY!

Dear Valued Customer:

3D Image Technology Inc. is no longer processing film. 3D Imaging Systems is a new
company that has taken over the processing of all undeveloped film forwarded to us by
that company.

Your 3D photographs are very important. The long delay you are experiencing is
certainly unfortunate and frustrating. We understand your concern! Your film is our top
priority. It is our goal to process and mail out all of the film as quickly as possible.

In the future, the normal time for film processing should be a maximum of three weeks
from your door and back to you, except during the busy Christmas Season. This
turnaround time may be expected, when we catch up with the present backlog.

We look forward to serving all of your 3D processing requests.

3D Imaging Systems
P.O. Box 5035
Monrovia, CA 91017-7135

Telephone Number (626) 930-0666
Fax Number (626) 930-0966

Sincerely,
Customer Service Department

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