3D-News Archive June 2001


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Stereoscopy.com's Classified Ads Section now open!
3D-News Posted: Friday, June 15, 2001 (14:31 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


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TDV Breaks Into the 3rd Dimension with 3D Video Game Viewing System; New 3D Gaming System Will Revolutionize the PC Game Industry
3D-News Posted: Friday, June 15, 2001 (14:26 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


TDV Technologies announced on May 14th the immediate availability of
its new 3D stereoscopic PC viewing system for video games. Previously
scheduled to be released in September 2001, the release of the system
was accelerated due to the availability of nVidia's ground breaking
new 3D Stereo graphics driver technology.

Imagine yourself totally immersed in a 3D fantasy world like never
before. Monsters, race cars, space ships, jet fighters and landscapes
jump out of your monitor and into your imagination. You virtually
enter the game. TDV has made this concept a reality bringing video
game graphics to life in unsurpassed quality.

The TDV gaming system works on a broad range of applications and is
fully compatible with industry standard 3D graphics accelerators from
nVidia including TNT, TNT2, Vanta, Quadro, Quadro2 family, Quadro DCC,
GeForce, GeForce2, and GeForce3.

What's more, the TDV gaming system works with most any Direct3D or
OpenGL based game -- hundreds of the most popular games titles. All
you need is the latest version of the nVidia unified driver (version
12.40+), the nVidia Windows 9x 3D Stereo Driver and your TDV viewing
system. This latest nVidia driver release prompted TDV Technologies
to pre-launch its TDV viewing system. The system is available in a
variety of models starting at a special introductory price of $59.95
at http://www.i-glasses.com/tdv

TDV is on track to launch the world's first 3D Stereoscopic Portal for
education, entertainment, and e-commerce on September 1, 2001. The TDV
Portal will be linked with e-commerce websites - powered by TDV
Technologies featuring their products in stereoscopic 3D (TDV).

TDV Technology Corp.
TDV Technologies Corp. offers unique three-dimensional imaging and
cost-effective web services. Its primary Internet site, TDV Center
(http://www.TDVCenter.com) will be the Web's first destination for
real three-dimensional e-Commerce, information, education and
entertainment.

Fakespace Systems Announces Sales of Immersive Display Systems for Energy Resource Exploration
3D-News Posted: Friday, June 15, 2001 (14:19 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Growing Sales to Oil & Gas Industry, Leading Universities, Marks
Recognition Of Visualization's Value in Seismic Data Analysis,
Subsurface Evaluation


Fakespace Systems Inc. announced on June 13th four new contracts to
provide immersive displays to organizations involved in energy
resource exploration. The sales, to commercial oil and gas companies
and leading universities, mark an increased acceptance of the value
of visualization for seismic data analysis and subsurface evaluation.

Fakespace Systems signed on to provide visualization systems to
Phillips Petroleum, Petrobras, Norwegian University of Science and
Technology, and the University of Oklahoma. These include a broad
range of displays that are used by geologists, geophysicists, and
engineers to promote collaboration and better understanding of complex
data, ranging from fully-immersive room environments to depth-enhanced
displays that fit in an average size conference room.

"We are working very closely with energy and natural resource
companies to develop visualization systems that improve the efficiency
and productivity of exploration teams," said Jerry King, manager of
commercial and channel markets at Fakespace Systems Inc. "Our
commitment and interest in meeting the industry's requirements for
quality systems and service is showing results, with world-wide
sales."

Sales Growth Around the World
Since January 2001, Phillips Petroleum (NYSE: P) has taken delivery of
five conCAVE(TM) displays from Fakespace Systems for use at its
facilities in Bellaire, Texas, Stavanger and Tananger, Norway, and
Anchorage, Alaska. The conCAVE, which enables multidisciplinary teams
to work with spatially correct, "standing in the tunnel"
visualizations, was originally developed by Phillips and is
exclusively licensed to Fakespace Systems. The company was also
contracted by Phillips to develop a volumetric mapping and interaction
software API specifically for the conCAVE environment. The API,
called Avignon, has been made available to selected oil/gas software
developers for integration into their applications later this year.

"We are pleased that Fakespace Systems is making Phillips' technical
innovations commercially available," said Dennis Neff, senior
principal research geophysicist at Phillips Petroleum Company. "The
conCAVE systems are used daily by Phillips geoscientists, and new
software developments by our visualization group continue to enhance
and exploit the advantages of the conCAVE screen. We look forward to
a continued strong relationship with Fakespace in commercializing and
marketing Phillips' visualization innovations."

The University of Oklahoma, which has strong research and educational
programs in the earth sciences, has also purchased a conCAVE display
and CubicMouse(TM) interaction device for its School of Geology and
Geophysics.

The conCAVE will be used for 3D seismic interpretation, 3D geologic
and petrophysical modeling, and other applications in the earth
sciences.

Petrobras, (NYSE: PBR, PBRA; BOVESPA: PETR) headquartered in Rio de
Janeiro, Brazil, also took delivery of a Fakespace Systems
visualization system earlier this year. The company purchased an
ImmersaDesk(R) R2 stereoscopic display driven by a Silicon Graphics(R)
Onyx2(R) for use in the development of exploration technology that
reduces risk and optimizes exploitation. This transportable system
offers a four-ft. by five-ft. rear-projected screen that can be
adjusted from horizontal to nearly vertical.

A RAVE Display for NTNU
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is a center for
technological education and research located in Trondheim, Norway.
One area of focus for research at the university is data visualization
and numerical analysis for the localization and recovery of petroleum
resources. The university boasts a digital laboratory with geodata
and production data from the Gullfaks field in the North Sea, which is
used for both teaching and research. Projects often include commercial
partners such as Norsk Hydro, Statoil, Shell, TotalFinaElf, BP and
Enterprise.

To better leverage the value of the software and data stored at the
digital laboratory the university contracted with Fakespace Systems to
custom design and install a RAVE(TM) (Reconfigurable Advanced
Visualization Environment). The RAVE is a large-scale modular system
that supports multiple viewing modalities including immersive room
environments, flat wall displays, angled theaters, and a variety of
other configurations. In early June, Fakespace Systems completed the
installation of three RAVE modules at NTNU, each with an eight-ft. by
eight-ft. rear-projected viewing surface.

More information on Fakespace Systems Inc. is available at
http://www.fakespacesystems.com.

Brazil's Federal University Installs SGI Virtual Reality Lab
3D-News Posted: Monday, June 4, 2001 (16:06 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Enables Visualization of Geological Data for Decisions on New Oil Wells

The Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), located in
Lagoa Nova, Brazil, has inaugurated a Virtual Reality Laboratory for
3D visualization of geological data as a decision-making tool for
exploration of oil reserves.

Featuring an SGITM Reality CenterTM 3300W visualization facility and a
Silicon Graphics® Onyx2® InfiniteReality3TM workstation, the UFRN
laboratory allows researchers to reduce the amount of time needed to
complete key oil research projects from several months to a matter of days.
These SGITM visualization tools enable researchers to attain a higher degree of
accuracy in reservoir simulation, analysis and 3D visualization of subsurface
data.

"These technologies allow UFRN researchers and students to re-create
geological features in 3D while acquiring knowledge in other
disciplines, such as mathematics, physics, geology, medicine and
engineering," explains Jose Carlos Gouveia, SGI's manager for Brazil.

"The Virtual Reality Laboratory is ideal for 3D graphical
visualization, using stereoscopy for oil exploitation research. The
State of Rio Grande do Norte, which is an important hub of Brazilian
oil production, welcomes the lab as a way to facilitate interaction
among researchers with the system," says UFRN Professor Silvio Jose
Bezerra.

The Agência Nacional de Petróleo has approved several research
projects that will be implemented by UFRN:

  • Application of transformed wavelet and other modern techniques of
    static physics for the improvement of seismic resolution in the
    exploitation of oil
  • Alternating injection of water and gas for the enhanced recovery
    of oil, an investigation of the efficiency of alternative injection
    methods for the recovery of oil
  • Application of virtual reality in the analysis of the efficient
    draining of oil and gas fields
SGI is a leader in technologies that allow oil and gas companies
around the world to analyze geoscience and engineering data in highly
visual, three-dimensional formats for exploration and development of
hydrocarbon reservoirs. As one example, this might take the form of
walks through the subsurfaces to see the geometric relationship
between faults and the reservoir strata.

Increasingly, data are viewed simultaneously and collaboratively by
multidisciplinary teams dispersed in locations around the world.
Combining high-performance computing and data management technologies
with advanced collaborative visualization capabilities allows
geoscientists, engineers and researchers to gain new insight through
analysis of critical data in innovative and cost-saving ways.

3D Photography New Product Release: Bubble Level for the Stereo Realist
3D-News Posted: Sunday, June 3, 2001 (23:58 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Stereo Realist enthusiasts can now easily add a precision level to
their cameras with a new viewfinder bubble level. Manufactured from
aerospace quality polymer, the liquid filled level simply snaps into
the Stereo Realist viewfinder. This device helps achieve a true
horizontal camera position.



3D Development Company, Savage, MN, manufactures the bubble level for
the Stereo Realist.

For information, please visit their Internet site at:
http://www.representatives.com/3D.

Stereoscopy.com finished set-up of new Web-Server
3D-News Posted: Saturday, June 2, 2001 (19:48 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


As of June 1st, all the pages on stereoscopy.com are working again.
Due to the necessary change of our web-hosting company, some programs
and other software running in the background and enabling such
functions as the Database, Links-page and Chat-module, had to be
re-programmed and re-installed.

We do thank you for your patience and hope that Stereoscopy.com has
now found a more reliable home for the benefit of all 3D-enthusiasts
worldwide.

Best RegarDDDs,

Alexander Klein
Webmaster

StereoGraphics and Christie Digital Systems Co-Develop Module to Enhance Stereoscopic Viewing of 3D Images
3D-News Posted: Saturday, June 2, 2001 (19:40 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


The World's Brightest 3D Projectors Fully Support Stereo3D™
Visualization


StereoGraphics® Corporation, the world’s leading supplier of
stereoscopic visualization products, and Christie Digital Systems,
Inc., a leader in high-performance projection solutions, recently
announced an agreement under which Christie Digital Systems and
StereoGraphics Corporation will co- develop a controller module that
will "plug in" to Christie Digital’s new Mirage 3D projectors. This
new module will provide support for both active and passive
stereoscopic viewing eyewear. The electronics will be designed using
StereoGraphics Stereo3D technology and supported by Christie Digital's
Mirage Core technology and will be optimized for StereoGraphics
ZScreens® and CrystalEyes® emitters. The new controller will provide a
complete solution that will enable users to view stereoscopic 3D
images with active LC shutter glasses or with passive polarized
eyewear. The controller will be manufactured by StereoGraphics and
Christie Digital will offer it as an option for the new Mirage product
line.

"Until now, customers wanting to project stereoscopic images have had
access only to CRT projectors which offer limited levels of
brightness. Now, the Mirage projectors offer an ideal solution: with
up to 10,000 lumens and high frame rates. By including StereoGraphics
Corporation's Stereo3D technology inside the projector, we will offer
true support for active and passive eyewear and provide the user a
plug and play solution for viewing the best possible stereoscopic
images," says Rocco Fondacaro, vice president of marketing, Christie
Digital Systems.

The Christie Digital Mirage series of DLP projectors utilize the
Digital Micromirror Device™ optical switch to offer brightness at an
order of magnitude better than CRT technology. The Stereo3D controller
can drive either a Projection ZScreen panel which mounts directly onto
the projector lens, allowing customers to view stereoscopic images by
wearing very lightweight polarized glasses, or will drive
StereoGraphics Corporation's current long-range emitters, which supply
the sync signals for CrystalEyes active liquid crystal shutter
eyewear. In both cases, the Mirage series projectors offer brilliant
stereoscopic images.

"With the introduction of DMD™ technology, a noteworthy improvement in
the projection of stereoscopic moving images is taking place," says
Lenny Lipton, chief technology officer and founder, StereoGraphics
Corporation. "Christie Digital Systems' integration of our Stereo3D
technology in its Mirage product suite is producing the cleanest,
clearest, and easiest to view stereoscopic images I have ever seen.
The Mirage line is ideally suited for both Projection ZScreen and
CrystalEyes stereo viewing."

The Christie Digital Mirage projectors are easily connected to any
computer with a stereo-capable graphics sub-system. Moreover, the
setup of projection requires no tweaking for continued performance at
a high quality level, thus greatly simplifying stereoscopic projection
setup for theater and CAVE® virtual reality environments.

StereoGraphics' Stereo3D visualization technology allows CAD,
GIS/Mapping, Chemistry and Medical professionals to review complex 3D
computer graphics more realistically. Realistic visualization with
true depth perception reduces time spent on graphical data
interpretation and improves data understanding, essential in
mechanical and architectural design, GIS and medical diagnosis.

KSC Visitor Complex 12-Month Pass Holders got Sneak Preview Of All-New LIVE Show 'Mad Mission to Mars: 2025'
3D-News Posted: Saturday, June 2, 2001 (19:29 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


On Thursday, May 24, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex was hosting
an exclusive, after-hours preview event for "Mad Mission to Mars 2025"
- KSCVC's latest attraction - for all 12-month pass holders. The
preview event included "Mad Mission to Mars 2025" and access to
Exploration in the New Millennium.

In "Mad Mission to Mars 2025," live action, hands-on fun, stereoscopic
3-D computer animation and spectacular theatrical effects-including
artificial winds and splatter cannons-combine to take guests on a
unique and educational voyage through the cosmos.

The show transforms the audience into "astronaut trainees" using the
comedic antics of Professor Pruvitt, and his wacky colleagues, Kelvin
and WD-4D.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is open from 9 a.m. to
approximately dusk every day except December 25 and certain launch
days. The Visitor Complex is located 45 minutes east of Orlando,
Florida, USA.
For more information, call (321) 449-4444 or visit
http://www.KennedySpaceCenter.com.

Superior Technology Provided by SGI and Volume Interactions Leads To Breakthrough Development in Neurosurgery
3D-News Posted: Saturday, June 2, 2001 (19:22 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


The most difficult Siamese twin separation to date, performed in
Singapore in APril 2001, benefited from rehearsals using the
Dextroscope(TM), a neurosurgical planning system. This futuristic
system was developed by Singapore-based Volume Interactions and is
powered by high-performance Silicon Graphics(R) Onyx(R) family
systems.

The Dextoscope transforms two-dimensional images of patients' bodies
into three-dimensional graphics, allowing neurosurgeons to plan the
best way to perform complex surgeries in advance.



"SGI, the global leader in modular high-end servers and graphics
computing and a world leader in medical imaging and health sciences
technology, together with Volume Interactions has given neurosurgeons
the power of 3D virtual reality to help them conduct complex
operations with the highest level of accuracy," said Dr. Almos Elekes,
SGI marketing manager for medical applications.

The 97-hour operation took place starting on Friday afternoon, April
6, and was completed the following Tuesday morning. The Nepalese
twins, Jamuna and Ganga Shrestha, were connected at the tops of their
heads and shared the same brain cavity. The successful separation
surgery was complicated by the fact that their brains, partially
fused, shared many overlapping blood vessels.

For the operation, preplanning was often conducted collaboratively on
two different continents over the course of six months, with two key
surgeons simultaneously observing the same data-in this case, virtual
versions of the babies' bodies. With the help of Dextroscope, the
urgery team leader, Singapore-based Dr. Keith Goh, was able to discuss
complex questions with Dr. Benjamin Carson, a surgeon based on the
other side of the world at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Featuring patients' bodies that have been re-created from data from
two-dimensional magnetic resonance and computer tomographic images,
this advanced technology allows medical teams to plan operations by
manipulating computer-generated 3D images.

Using stereoscopic goggles and manipulating a 3D positioning system
with a toggle bar and stylus (there is no mouse or keyboard),
neurosurgeons utilizing Dextroscope enter into a virtual world,
exploring surgical scenarios well in advance of actual operations.
Surgeons can work with all the key features inside a patient's body,
measuring them, manipulating them from different angles and slicing
into them with a virtual scalpel.

"SGI is proud to be powering Dextroscope. The application helps
neurosurgeons to make better decisions on surgical procedures,
resulting in greater successes. This is in line with our corporate
objective to harness 3D graphical technology for the benefit of
mankind," said Lawrence Lee, general manager, SGI Singapore.

"As the application involved huge volumes of data, we needed
sophisticated hardware to render the interactive 3D graphics. The
Silicon Graphics Onyx family of systems was the best platform
available. With SGI hardware advances providing more texture memory,
we should be able to deliver better, more accurate and complete data
in our solutions," said Dr. Luis Serra, president and chief technical
officer of Volume Interactions.

SGI's commitment to health care and medical solutions includes the
computing hardware for such computer-aided, computer-guided surgeries
and simulations, as well as high-performance and graphics systems for
diagnostic imaging devices, digital image management and picture
archiving/communications solutions. The Dextroscope system is one
example of the many ways that SGI(TM) technologies facilitate virtual
and enhanced visual procedures for improved preoperative planning and
simulations, reducing the need for more invasive diagnostic and
surgical procedures.

The Dextroscope running on Silicon Graphics Onyx family systems has
been used successfully in more than 40 operations at the Singapore
National Neuroscience Institute and Singapore General Hospital. In
addition to neurosurgery, the Dextroscope can be used in other
industries that would benefit from the visualization of 3D multimodal
data sets, enhanced interaction and the capacity to support advanced
planning. These industries include geophysical exploration, drug
design, education, microchip defect inspection and cell biology
visualization.

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