Stereoscopic Visualization Eyewear
Latest Evolution in Stereo3D Technology
Features Market-Driven Design and Performance Enhancements
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. June 5, 2000 - StereoGraphics® Corporation, the world's
leading supplier of stereoscopic visualization products, today introduced
CrystalEyes® 3 wireless liquid crystal shuttering eyewear. Keeping pace
with industry demand, the latest evolution in StereoGraphics flagship
product line boasts significant design and performance improvements,
including enhanced stereo sync circuitry and improved battery life.
The new CrystalEyes 3 eyewear is ideal for professionals who work with complex 3D
images in industrial VR (virtual reality), molecular modeling, GIS/mapping,
MCAD and medical imaging.
"As design and engineering professionals continue to work on projects that
are more and more complex, the capabilities of their visualization tools
need to grow as well," said David Forter, president and CEO, StereoGraphics
Corporation. "The improvements in this new product reflect the needs of
today's end-user and represent a clear evolution of the CrystalEyes product
A significant performance enhancement for CrystalEyes 3 can be found in the
new electronics that provide more than 250 hours of continuous operation.
This represents nearly 50% more battery life than previous CrystalEyes
models. A new battery level indicator light also alerts the user when power
is low, ensuring that the eyewear is achieving optimal performance.
CrystalEyes 3 also features enhanced stereo sync circuitry for improved
shutter performance, providing the highest quality stereo viewing possible.
"Virtual reality applications give our customers an exciting new way of
relating to their data," said Robert Mehall, director of the EDS VR Center.
"By using StereoGraphics CrystalEyes in conjunction with EDS applications
expertise, our customers are able to view a very realistic representation of
their data in a virtual environment. Instead of simply looking at lines on
a drawing they can actually step into the design, interact with the data and
really experience their designs in new ways - that gives them a very
CrystalEyes 3 is now equipped with an optional nosepiece and redesigned
temple pieces, enhancing the comfort of the eyewear and making them more
suitable for CAVE (computer-aided virtual environment) and VR immersion
environments. The eyewear is made of a new, more robust matte black
composite material and is covered by a three-year warranty.
"Every engineering improvement found in CrystalEyes 3 was made with end-user
input," said Ian Matthew, director of marketing, StereoGraphics Corporation.
"With more than 50,000 pairs of CrystalEyes in use today, StereoGraphics
has a tremendous volume of customers who frequently give us feedback on what
they like and what they would hope for in future versions of our eyewear.
By incorporating as much of their feedback as possible, and involving
customers in the design evaluation process, we feel that the result is a
product that allows our customers to be more comfortable and more productive
than ever before."
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,
cartographers and medical and graphics professionals the best possible
understanding of three-dimensional information and yields levels of
technical proficiency 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® Wired,
CrystalEyes and Monitor ZScreen® 2000 Series allow professionals dealing
with large multi-dimensional data sets to visualize images more naturally,
enabling earlier detection of design errors, enhanced design review, reduced
design cycles and faster time-to-market.
System Requirements and Compatibility
CrystalEyes 3 works with all stereo-enabled graphics cards and software
applications. It is compatible with all computer operating systems
including Linux, UNIX, Windows 2000 and Windows NT workstations. All
leading MCAD, industrial VR, molecular modeling and GIS/mapping software
developers support stereoscopic viewing and are compatible with CrystalEyes 3.
Pricing and Availability
StereoGraphics' CrystalEyes 3 carries a suggested list price of $795 (U.S.)
and is available immediately. For additional product, sales or reseller
information on CrystalEyes 3 and other products from StereoGraphics, call
800-783-2660 (outside the United States, 415-459-4500), visit the
StereoGraphics Web site at www.stereographics.com or send an email to