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HaiVision's MAKO-HD Telepresence Codec Transmits First Live Stereoscopic 3D High Definition Surgical Procedure Using IP Video
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, June 25, 2008 (4:21 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


HaiVision Systems Inc., the world's leading vendor of performance H.264 network video codecs, announces that today at the annual meeting of the Canadian Urology Association (CUA) in Edmonton, Canada, the industry leading MAKO-HD video encoder/decoder technology is being used to transmit live surgical stereoscopic 3D high definition 1080i video from Intuitive Surgical's daVinci S robotic surgical system.

Orchestrated by Capital Health's Centre for the Advancement of Minimally Invasive Surgery and BEAM Regional Telehealth, attendees at the CUA meeting at the Shaw Conference Center are witnessing a comparison between robotic and traditional approaches to a urology procedure (radical prostatectomy). In this unique event, both traditional and robotic surgeries are being performed simultaneously within advanced Stryker equipped operating rooms at the hospital and are being broadcast live to the conference center for comparative purposes. The conference center is 2 kilometers from where the surgeries are taking place. In order for attendees to fully experience the 3D technology employed by the surgical robot, the two high definition sources from the surgical robot (necessary for the 3D effect) are being transmitted over a high speed network using HaiVision's MAKO-HD codec technology. Attendees are viewing the 3D surgery using polarized glasses and Lightspeed Design, Inc's DepthQ stereoscopic processing and systems integration technology.

"The stereo high definition video that we are receiving at the conference center is stunning," states Gayle Burnett, Regional Director for Capital Health's Centre for the Advancement of Minimally Invasive Surgery. "Most important for the effort was to retain synchronization between the video streams so that the stereo effect is maintained. HaiVision's technology accomplishes this absolutely and with imperceptible latency."

HaiVision has a long history of enabling remote viewing of medical video, as HaiVision codecs were first used for the transmission of standard definition stereo video from the daVinci system for live telerobotic surgery demonstrations at the American Telemedicine Associate conference in 2005. HaiVision's newest codec, the MAKO-HD, is ideal for medical applications, supporting the highest resolution and the lowest latency (70 milliseconds) available with the latest H.264 video compression technology. HaiVision has as well introduced SHARE-HD, a network video recording system designed for medical applications capable of recording and replaying multiple synchronous high definition video streams.

The MAKO-HD is the high definition video encoder/decoder available within the hai1000 network video system and supports up to 1080p resolution. The hai1000 multi-stream system, integrated within the systems of HaiVision's OEM clients, is the world's leading codec for telepresence.

For complete information on the MAKO-HD and hai1000 products, please visit HaiVision's download center at http://www.haivision.com/account/downloads

Mechdyne Introduces 3D Interactive Visualization Solution for Workstation-Based Design, Engineering Applications
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, June 25, 2008 (4:19 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Mechdyne Corporation introduced the 3D Review Station, an integrated computing, display and software system that uses new 3D-ready HD televisions to make interactive 3D more accessible in technical application environments. These new televisions leverage a unique DLP® smooth picture, diagonal sub-frame sampling format to display stereoscopic images. Mechdyne's Conduit software is one of the only means by which images created in popular commercial applications for manufacturing, design, geophysical mapping, medical imaging and other technical fields can be displayed in fully interactive stereoscopic 3D on these televisions.

The 3D Review Station is a compact, roll-about visualization system for individual and small team collaboration in offices, research labs and conference rooms. The system includes a 61" HD resolution screen, a high-powered 3D graphics workstation, a height adjustable, wheeled cart, LCD monitor, 3D glasses and a common hand-held game controller for interaction. Customers can add on application support through Mechdyne's Conduit software to suit their needs. Available Conduit modules include support for: ProENGINEER; Solidworks; the V5 releases of CATIA, ENOVIA and DELMIA; SolidEdge; ArcGIS; ArcGlobe; Google Earth; Google SketchUp; Blender; and Autodesk's Maya, AliasStudio, Showcase, and 3ds Max.

The display switches easily between 2D and 3D stereoscopic modes for maximum versatility. During review meetings, switching from presentation slides to spreadsheets to stereoscopic models can be done quickly. The rear projected display is only eleven inches (11") deep. The entire system, including optical tracking system, fits on the cart and will easily roll through a standard sized door. This very bright display uses an LED (light emitting diode) light source that has an incredible 20,000 hour or more life expectancy, which equates to almost seven years of eight hour per day use.

The included Windows workstation is configured with dual core processors, 8 GB RAM and dual GPUs to handle large simulations and 3D models. The 3D shutter glasses are a new design with sunglasses-styling and built-in rechargeable batteries.

The Conduit software that enables stereoscopic images on this unique format display also enables virtual-reality interaction. An optional, camera based motion tracking system allows users to move freely in front of the display while the perspective of the displayed image is viewed as if it was real. If a viewer moves to the side or ducks to look 'under' a model, the position is monitored and the model reacts in real time to show the appropriate viewpoint. The tracking system also allows a hand-held game controller to be used for navigation, model rotations, zoom and other capabilities.

"We developed the 3D Review Station solution so individuals and small teams can have access to powerful visualization capabilities at a cost effective price," said Kurt Hoffmeister, VP of R&D for Mechdyne Corporation. "Our software capabilities give us the unique ability to offer this new display technology to designers and researchers and others who may not otherwise be able to take advantage of its unique format and price point."

Pricing for the 3D Review Station varies by which Conduit module(s) are chosen and whether or not optional tracking is included. The system is available now, and additional information on the 3D Review Station can be found at http://www.mechdyne.com

BSK & TECH Announces Initial $1.8M 3-D Chip Order with LCD Panel Supplier KDC
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, June 25, 2008 (4:14 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


BSK and Technologies announced that the company has received an initial purchase order for its stereoscopic 3D chips from Korean Digital Communications Corp (KDC) for cell phones.

The initial contract from KDC will supply Boda Electronics with 600,000 3D chips for the LCD panels wherein the proprietary 3D chips are integrated for applications on mobile phones. The initial 600,000 chip order represents apx. $1.8 M and will deliver 15,000 chips forthwith. These stereoscopic 3D chips are priced at $5 however in larger runs average apx. $3 per chip.

In addition to the KDC initial purchase order, sales orders of around 2 million units are anticipated in the near term from other companies requiring the stereoscopic 3D image processing chips. The subsequent orders would bring total sales estimated to be $6 million (US) in this very early stage of marketing and initial introduction to the market this quarter.

The advanced construction of the 3D chips is a breakthrough in modern technology and future prospects from related industry companies are increasingly likely. The 3D chip set market is only one component of BSK's product line up and we invite you to see our entire product lineup on our website.

It should be noted that the global market for various displays is significant considering the sheer number of LCD displays used in cell phones, PC computers, home entertainment, laptops, PMP's etc. Each of these disparate mediums employ various forms of entertainment and other media that will benefit from the introduction of 3D capability and display without glasses on their LCD displays.

Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America Announces New Relationship With NVIDIA Corporation and Aspen Media Products
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, June 25, 2008 (4:11 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America, Inc. announced a new relationship with NVIDIA(R) Corporation and Aspen Media Products, LLC, to provide the first complete 3D solution for the home entertainment market. For the first time ever, high-value 3D content will become available to the consumer at home in one convenient package.

"Mitsubishi, a leader in large screen HDTV, NVIDIA, a major force in the entertainment graphics market and Aspen Media Products, an innovator in media server technology, have each developed unique technologies that take us to the next level in realizing the dream of 3D home entertainment," said David Naranjo, director of product development, Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America. By combining the strengths of these three market leading companies, 3D in the home is now ready to become an exciting reality."

For years, NVIDIA's successful GeForce FX Go series of graphics processing units (GPUs) have delivered breakthrough 3D imagery primarily for the PC Gamer. Its GeForce 3D stereoscopic technology is a driver for Windows Vista(R), which renders two views for stereoscopic display systems to show depth with Microsoft(R) DirectX(R) games. The 3D stereoscopic driver is compatible with all GeForce 7 series and higher GPUs, which in turn are compatible with Mitsubishi's 3D-ready Home Theater TVs.

"NVIDIA is extremely excited about its new relationship with Mitsubishi and Aspen Media Products, and is fully committed to bringing 3D technology to the home entertainment market," said Ujesh Desai, general manager, NVIDIA Corporation. "This is an unparalleled industry first, and we are proud to play a key role in providing a complete 3D home entertainment solution to the consumer."

Aspen Media Products focus is on the integration of best-of-breed products and services that enhance the user experience, and the delivery of best-in-class technology to marry entertainment with simplicity.

"The Aspen Media Server has delivered on-demand music, movies and other entertainment programming to the home since its introduction. Now with the increased production of 3D content such as movies, live events, concerts and sports, the Aspen Media server provides an ideal platform to deliver the latest in 3D entertainment technology to the consumer," said John Oliver, chief executive officer, Aspen Media Products. "We are excited to work with two great industry leaders, Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America and NVIDIA, to bring this amazing new solution to consumers."

Mitsubishi's entire product line of Home Theater TVs feature 3D-ready technology. The company continues to lead the competition with the largest Home Theater HDTV available at 73". This year's product line includes three new 73" models along with 60" and 65" sizes - all featuring thinner frames, increased brightness and 3D-ready capability. Mitsubishi's 1080p Home Theater TVs provide unparalleled picture quality that far exceeds competitive displays, and deliver an optimal experience to enjoy the new generation of 3D home entertainment.

Mantello Brothers' First Feature Film 'OCEANS 3D' Enters Digital 3D Post-Production Phase
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, June 25, 2008 (4:08 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Filmmakers Jean-Jacques and Francois Mantello (the Mantello Brothers) are announced their first feature-length film, "OCEANS 3D: Voyage of a Turtle" (working title). The film entered the digital 3D post-production phase last week. The 85-minute long feature is expected to be completed this September for an anticipated domestic release during the first half of 2009.

"OCEANS 3D" tells the story of Aris the sea turtle who embarks on a journey across the oceans in search of the origin of mysterious, far away calls. As moviegoers experience the beauty and diversity of the oceans in stunning 3D, Aris encounters both her friends and her predators. What she finally discovers is that the greatest threat to the fate of ocean life doesn't lie beneath the waves, but in the hands of the people from above.

"OCEANS 3D" is produced by 3D Entertainment and McKinney Underwater Productions, and is supported by the United Nations Environment Programme. The film is directed by Jean-Jacques Mantello and produced by Francois Mantello with underwater cinematography by Gavin McKinney. The film is based on an original script developed by Jacques Attali and written by Pierre Alain de Garrigues and Dr. Elisabeth Mantello. It will feature an original score by Christophe Jacquelin.

"After six years of production and 25 expeditions at some of the most remote locations on earth, we are more than thrilled to see our multi-million dollar film moving in the right direction," said Francois Mantello, chairman of 3D Entertainment. "Discussions are already underway with numerous US studios and we hope to announce a distribution agreement for the US theatrical market in the coming weeks. OCEANS 3D is set to become the first feature- length documentary ever to be both filmed and released in Digital 3D."

"Audiences will feel like divers, completely immersed in this magnificent marine world with giant manta rays, hammerhead sharks, humpback whales, orcas, scorpion fish, Spanish dancers and seahorses, to name a few, revealed for the very first time in Digital 3D," said Jean-Jacques Mantello. "It was also an unprecedented technological adventure for our production crew because we constantly had to re-invent ourselves and adapt our filming habits, and proprietary Digital 3D camera rigs to the extreme conditions we encountered."

Director of Photography Gavin McKinney added, "We spent over 1200 hours in the water to capture 200 hours of what we believe is exceptional footage. The task of framing the image in 3D with animals in the wild is particularly challenging but the experience we have acquired over nearly 10 years shooting underwater films in stereoscopy allowed us to achieve our goal."

In 2001, 3D Entertainment and McKinney Underwater Productions developed an ambitious plan to produce a feature-length documentary film and a 3D "edutainment" film series for IMAX(R) theatres exclusively focused on life beneath the ocean's surface. The three installments already released at IMAX(R) theatres, including this year's "DOLPHINS AND WHALES 3D: Tribes of the Ocean" presented by Jean-Michel Cousteau and narrated by Daryl Hannah, have proven highly successful, cumulatively generating in excess of USD 60 million and counting at the box office.

Magnetic's Enabl3D(TM) Makes Giant Splash at InfoComm 2008
3D-News Posted: Tuesday, June 24, 2008 (5:14 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Magnetic Media Holdings Inc. (http://www.magnetic3D.com), New York, announced that it will showcase several new glasses-free 3D LCD Displays. "Magnetic's Enabl3D™ solution is really starting to take off," said Brad Bent, the Company's Chief Technology Officer. "With Toshiba, NEC and Samsung each showcasing the technology at InfoComm this year, we feel quite confident that Magnetic Enabl3D™ is the apparent choice for 3D auto-stereoscopic Displays."

The Company will be debuting two new products that were developed in partnership with Toshiba, who officially joined Magnetic's Enabl3D™ Partner Program on May 1st, 2008. The 32" and 42" 3D-Enabled™ displays will be featured in Toshiba's booth (C4137) at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Magnetic will offer special show pricing on both units as part of a bundled solution that will feature the company's industry-leading and versatile Enabl3D™ PC and Media Player. "Magnetic is offering a one-time InfoComm special for system integrators and resellers who want to find out what the 3D buzz is all about," said Mike Egan, SVP of Sales and Marketing for Magnetic. The show special is designed to allow integrators and end-users the chance to get our 32" Enabl3D™ bundled solution for as little as $3,995.00 or go for the larger package which features a 42" for $5,295.00 in a effort to help drive 3D into becoming a mainstream commercial AV product.

In addition to new hardware offerings, Magnetic is pleased to announce the addition of yet another Enabl3D™ Partner, Fifth Window Media, a Canadian based company that specializes in delivering interactive digital signage advertising applications in sports bars and arenas throughout Canada.

"We are pleased to have successfully integrated with Magnetic and its Enabl3D™ software. It gives both companies the ability to now deliver a more engaging advertising message to their customer locations in 3D," said Jeff O'Brien, Vice President of Sales for Fifth Window. The companies are also demonstrating their software integration on Samsung's Enabl3D 570DX display at InfoComm 2008 and plans to cross market each other's solution to their clients.

By joining the Enabl3D™ Partner Program, display manufactures and software providers can now offer their customers a brand new product that plays both traditional 2D video content as well as exciting new 3D content where images appear to "pop" more than a foot off the screen (no 3D glasses required).

Magnetic's Enabl3D™ software is even capable of displaying 2D and 3D content at the same time using the available split screen templates and features easy integration using Active X control. The Magnetic Enabl3D™ Partner Program encourages both hardware manufacturers and software companies alike to join so they can become part of the global 3D revolution and be ready for the next visual format after HD. This is the first step towards the long awaited future of glasses-free 3D content being delivered to the home.

National Geographic to Release DCI's 'Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets' in 3D at Giant-Screen and Digital 3D Theatres Worldwide
3D-News Posted: Tuesday, June 24, 2008 (5:09 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


To celebrate the 25th anniversary of "Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets," National Geographic will distribute the classic film in 3D to giant-screen and digital 3D theaters worldwide, it was announced by Mark Katz, president, distribution, for National Geographic Cinema Ventures, and Bob Perkins, chief executive officer, Destination Cinema Inc. (DCI). Release is slated for the first half of 2009.

National Geographic will sell the film to theaters through Cinema Ventures' film distribution arm. DCI will oversee updates to the script and musical score and the conversion of the film to 3D. The film will be housed permanently at the Grand Canyon IMAX Theater at the National Geographic Visitors Center in Grand Canyon, Arizona.

"'Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets' is truly the gold standard of the genre, and over time has proven to be one of the most popular films in giant-screen history," said Katz. "Because of its grand subject matter and stunning cinematography, we felt this was the perfect candidate to convert to 3D, so that new generations of audiences can enjoy the film in an entirely new way."

"Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets" has proven itself an audience favorite on the giant screen, having grossed more than $250 million. In 2000 the film was a winner of the IMAX Hall of Fame award.

A spectacular and timeless adventure, "Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets" takes audiences on a journey spanning 4,000 years of human history, including the dramatic recreation of the 1869 Powell Expedition. Providing an in-depth exploration of one of the world's most extraordinary sites, the film captures the Grand Canyon's immense beauty, giving viewers a unique chance to forge the canyon's depths and to experience what they could never see on their own — from a thrilling flight over the canyon's span to a wild whitewater-rafting ride.

"We're excited to bring new life to this treasured film," said Perkins. "Since its original release in 1984, the film has done steady business at theaters in the United States and abroad because of the awe-inspiring nature of its subject matter. Worldwide, audiences thrill to the brilliance and majesty of this U.S. landmark, and now in 3D, viewers will be able to see how the Grand Canyon should truly be seen, in all its three-dimensional glory."

"Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets" is a Vista Point Entertainment production for Destination Cinema. The film was created and filmed by Academy Award®-winning producer Kieth Merrill. Reed Smoot served as director of photography. The film was edited by Stephen L. Johnson.

National Geographic Cinema Ventures is part of National Geographic Ventures, a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Geographic Society, one of the world's largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. Founded in 1888 to "increase and diffuse geographic knowledge," the Society works to inspire people to care about the planet. Building on its global reputation for remarkable visuals and compelling stories, National Geographic Cinema Ventures produces original 2D and 3D productions for the world's largest screens. National Geographic Cinema Ventures also retains distribution rights to one of the largest film libraries in the giant-screen industry.

Destination Cinema Inc. is a pioneer in the giant-screen film industry and the destination theater business. It owns and operates six large-format theaters in North America and has produced some of the most successful and enduring large-format films within the industry. DCI's film library is distributed by National Geographic Cinema Ventures.

ISU's "Stereoscopy" back on publication schedule
3D-News Posted: Friday, June 13, 2008 (17:49 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


The Journal of the International Stereoscopic Union (ISU), "Stereoscopy" is back on track after a long period of delays.

Issues Number 73 (1.2008) and 74 (2.2008) were just mailed to the members, and they can expect these issues to reach their mailboxes within the next 10 to 14 days.

Issues 3.2007 and 4.2007 had been mailed exactly two weeks ago - and the majority of ISU members has received this issue already.

A new printing company assures an even better print quality. The new printer uses a stochastic screen, also known as "frequency-modulated" screen. If you dig out your magnifiers, the difference is very obvious!

For more information about the ISU, please see
http://www.ISU3D.org

3D for event arenas introduced at DreamHack Summer -08
3D-News Posted: Friday, June 13, 2008 (10:57 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


The DreamArena at DreamHack Summer -08 will be the stage for the World's first official showing of 3D Stereo content on a large LED display. This is possible thanks to the Philips Candeo LED display that offers an excellent color reproduction with ultra high brightness and the ColorCode 3D System that can show full-color 3D on all display types.

"We are very happy to be the first to show this exciting 3D possibility. We are looking forward to move this co-operation forward and hopefully make arena gaming an as immersive and exciting experience as playing the game yourself," says David Garpenståhl, Chairman of the board, DreamHack.

At DreamHack Andreas Krona, International Sales Manager at ColorCode 3D Center, will be holding a short introduction to 3D and the ColorCode 3D system as well as showing some demo clips and real-time examples.

"We are really excited to see that Philips has developed a LED display that has a color reproduction that can deliver a beautiful ColorCode 3D image even in daylight. We are also proud to show the gamers and game developers out there that there is a 3D Stereo solution available that just works without needing to buy special 3D displays or get engaged in complex driver installations," says Andreas.

"This is just the beginning. With 3D starting to become a hot topic all over the world we are very glad to be able to offer a solution that can bring 3D to event arenas and public mass communication. Imagine watching your national team in the European Cup, or your favourite artist, on a giant 3D display in an outdoor event or your local arena. That's as close as we can get to being there if we can not afford the flight tickets or have time to visit the live experience," says Jesper Crusenborg, Sales Manager New Business, Philips Nordic & Baltic.

The Foundry's new Ocula fixes 3D stereoscopic problems
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, June 11, 2008 (7:00 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Visual effects software developer The Foundry's new Ocula is a collection of plug-ins that solves common problems with 3D stereoscopic imagery, boosts productivity in post production and delivers a more rewarding 3D stereoscopic viewing experience.

The new plug-ins automatically replicate key processes on left and right channels and provide tools that help artists polish and refine 3D stereoscopic material.

The Ocula tools are based on new disparity-mapping algorithms, created by The Foundry's R&D team. Disparity maps track and correlate the differences in positional space and movement between corresponding pixels in the left and right cameras and then deliver pixel-level control over images.

Knowing where disparities occur, Ocula tools apply corrections by warping, stretching and squeezing only those areas of an image that require treatment. Image manipulation using disparity maps is different than X-, Y- or Z-axis shifting of images, where only whole image planes are being shifted.

Ocula plug-ins allow artists to make multiple adjustments to stereo image pairs. All corrections can be made to the left and right eye channels together or separately.

iZ3D Announces Comprehensive New Drivers for the 3D Community
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, June 11, 2008 (6:58 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


iZ3D, LLC, is a designer, developer, and marketer of advanced 3D visualization systems. The company announced that it has created a new driver version that solves many 3D compatibility issues for the 3D community overall as well as for the iZ3D monitor. The new drivers feature 64 Bit compatibility, CrossFireX and Open GL Quad Buffer support. Users can also "Test Drive" 3D effects on a 2D monitor with red and cyan anaglyph glasses. The new 3D driver is available now for download at the www.iZ3D.com website.

"We have been at the forefront of the new trend towards 3D for gaming, movies and creative design efforts and have worked hard to overcome many hardware and software challenges. As 3D becomes more popular, more manufacturers are now taking stereoscopic 3D seriously and are beginning to see it as a sales advantage," remarked Thomas Striegler, CEO of iZ3D, LLC. "Being an industry leader, we believed it was important to provide this new driver to the entire 3D community to further the adoption of 3D."

64-Bit and 32-Bit System Compatibility

The new iZ3D driver allows your computer to play either 64-bit games on a 64-bit system or 32 bit games on a 64 Bit system. This breakthrough will make systems using Microsoft Vista® much more game friendly.

Open GL Quad Buffer Support

This feature supports the many programs that are capable of running in Q Buffer mode. This includes support for the molecular visualization system PyMOL and for the popular game Quake 3™.

Anaglyph and Dual Projector Features for the 3D Community

iZ3D is a strong supporter of the entire 3D Community. Through the new anaglyph and dual projector features many 3D users will benefit from this driver. By using the traditional Red and Cyan "3D" anaglyph glasses users can now take a "test drive" of the 3D experience by using a 2D monitor. Dual projector support such as for TDVision's TDVisor HMD solution allows other 3D manufacturers to offer a more comprehensive 3D solution with this driver.

ATI CrossFireX™ support for Powerful PCs

Now the iZ3D monitor and other 3D solutions will work with most popular video cards such as ATI and NVidia. This technology can take two GPU's and use their combined power to render a game faster than a single GPU. This is especially true for boards such as the Radeon HD 3870 X2.

New Friendly User Interface

Now users can store player profiles and hot key groups from each game they have installed on their computer. This will make using different games fast and easy. All the player info and hot key groups for each game will be safely stored on your desktop.

iZ3D Monitor

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 passive polarized glasses. Its smart capabilities allow it at the push of a button to go 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 compatible with popular dual output cards, including the NVIDIA GeForce 8 Series and the ATI FireGL™ V3600 workstation graphics accelerator. These drivers are optimized to take advantage of Intel's® Core™ 2 Duo and Intel® Core™ 2 Quad processor technologies. (iZ3D also features drivers that support Microsoft® DirectX® 8, 9 and 10 graphics in Windows® XP and Microsoft® Windows Vista™. The unit is 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.

Mechdyne Helps Illuminate Scientific Research for Canadian High Performance Computing Consortium
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, June 11, 2008 (6:54 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Scientific researchers in the Atlantic Computational Excellence Network (ACEnet) now have access to advanced three-dimensional (3D) visualization capability in a 5.8 Megapixel Data Cave designed and installed by Mechdyne. The ACEnet Data Cave, which projects stereoscopic 3D imagery onto three wall surfaces and the floor, allows researchers to step inside and interact with computer-generated images in ways that can provide new insight and understanding.
At today's grand opening hosted by the Institute for Computational Astrophysics (ICA) at St. Mary's University (Halifax, Nova Scotia), representatives from the nine ACEnet member universities and other VIPs experienced the power of immersive visualization to illuminate complex scientific concepts, such as an astrophysicists' calculations of how light and heat swirl away from an exploding star.

"As a scientific tool, the Data Cave saves us a lot of time and improves our ability to interpret the results of extremely complex calculations," said Dr. Robert Deupree, director of the ICA and the ACEnet principal investigator. "Conventional visualization of a star, for example, would create two-dimensional slices that do not really convey useful information. With immersive visualization, we can better see the 3D turbulence and other characteristics of a star, and we can see the effect of modifications in the data or in our calculations much more quickly."

The Data Cave display system uses four Mechdyne Beacon SX projectors to generate a 1450 x 1050 pixel image on each of four screens measuring 10 ft. X 7.5 ft. The image is seen in stereo by users wearing LCD active shutter glasses. An integrated real time motion tracking system monitors the position of a primary user, maintaining an optimal viewing perspective and allowing interaction with the images using handheld control devices.

Since the Data Cave is based on the Mechdyne FLEX(TM) display system design, it also can be easily configured as a 30-ft long flat screen or as an angled "immersive theater" in addition to the cubic CAVE format. The tracking system covers the entire thirty-foot width of the flat screen, three times the usual tracked space of immersive environments. This flexibility allows ACEnet scientists, such as geophysicists, to display data in formats commonly used in such fields as oil exploration and development.

"St. Mary's University recently expanded its Science Building to include a purpose-built room for the ACEnet Data Cave, providing a state of the art, flexible working space," said Chris Clover, CEO of Mechdyne Corporation. "This system accommodates a wide range of research and scientific collaboration and we are proud to have had the opportunity to be a part of the program's success."

Mechdyne worked closely with Sun Microsystems, which as ACEnet's computing systems partner provided four Ultra 40 Workstations as the graphics engines for the display system. Mechdyne also collaborated with Iowa State University, a pioneer in using Cave-type display systems, to provide 3D visualization software for the ACEnet Data Cave.

I.E. Effects Pumps Up 3D Muscles For Little Hercules
3D-News Posted: Friday, June 6, 2008 (5:13 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Full service visual effects studio I.E. Effects (I.E.) announced it will provide visual effects and stereoscopic 3D compositing for the upcoming feature film, 'Little Hercules 3D.' Judd Nelson, John Heard, Elliot Gould and Hulk Hogan join 10-year-old body builder Richard Sandrak to star in the family film about a young boy of immeasurable strength who travels from Mt. Olympus to live in Los Angeles.

"We are very pleased to be involved with such a fantastic family-oriented project and look forward to providing what will be the first 3D experience to many of the film's younger moviegoers," says I.E. Executive Producer and Co-Founder David Kenneth. More than ten 3D feature films will be released in 2009, and upwards of 12,500 theaters in the US alone are being outfitted with 3D playback systems in the next year. Speaking on the rise in popularity of 3D of late, Kenneth adds, "The film business has been using 3D as early as the 1890s, but now technology allows us to create and showcase 3D films more effectively than ever before."

I.E. Effects is known for its strong ability to facilitate any visual effects project, big or small, from pre-to-post production, as evidenced in its regular work on The History Channel's hit series Cities of the Underworld and Modern Marvels and recent projects such as a Motorola advertising campaign featuring David Beckham, which is being preloaded on more than ten million mobile phones around the world.

Infosys Awarded a Patent in Holography by the United States Patent and Trademark Office
3D-News Posted: Friday, June 6, 2008 (5:02 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Infosys Technologies Limited announced that it has been granted a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in the area of Holography.

Commenting on the occasion, Subu Goparaju, Head - SETLabs said, "Innovation is imperative for growth. We are fostering a culture of innovation and investing in research through SETLabs – Infosys' Research Group. We set up an Intellectual Property (IP) cell in 2004 to leverage the power of IP for our growth and we are pleased to see results."

The patent titled 'Displaying holographic three dimensional (3D) images' describes the realization of 3D communication using computer-generated holography to send/receive information and the associated optical elements required to make a lightweight handset.

Existing technologies use high-resolution LCD to give the illusion of 3D while actually displaying a 2D image. Three-dimensional imaging, which includes a representation of depth information along with amplitude information, is not being used in these cases. This patent addresses the issue of 3D in mobile communication.

Philips Introduces 52-inch 3D Display
3D-News Posted: Friday, June 6, 2008 (4:57 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Philips has introduced a new 52-inch 3D display that is designed for digital signage, pro-Av and entertainment applications. The display uses Philips' WOWvx technology to allow 3D viewing without the need for glasses.

The 52-inch auto-stereoscopic display is based on a full 1080p HD panel with 700 cd/m2 of brightness, 2000:1 contrast ratio and a response time of 8 ms. Philips says that the display will be available in Q4 2008. Pricing is not available at this time.

"With our new 52-inch 3D display in the portfolio, we can offer the pro-AV and digital signage market an even higher degree of immersion and a more exciting 3D viewing experience. Our broad range of 3D display product – in combination with our full range of content creation tools and our licensing program– makes us a true end-to-end 3D system solution provider."

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