3D-News Archive August 2013

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Stereoscape Expands Glasses-Free 3D in Europe and Russia Through Partnership With Exceptional 3D
3D-News Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013 (15:46 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Stereoscape, a leading European 3D solutions provider, announced the expansion of their digital signage product line under a new partnership with Exceptional 3D. The Exceptional 3D patented auto-stereoscopic 3D technology will be offered by Stereoscape and bring industry-leading glasses-free 3D products, creative services and digital signage solutions to the entire European and Russian markets.

"This agreement with Exceptional 3D is very exciting, as it offers affordable glasses-free 3D screens for the growing digital-out-of-home market. The new portrait size is filling a gap in the demand for these amazing screens in various marketing, communication and visualisation applications," says Tomi Luostarinen, CEO of Stereoscape. "3D is the new frontier of digital creativity, and the new screens in our portfolio will provide a great platform for our comprehensive 3D solutions combining captivating content, interactive and other elements with advanced display technologies."

With over 800 active locations already deployed, Exceptional 3D screens are a proven solution for glasses-free 3D digital signage and unique brand experiences. The HD commercial grade monitors are rated to run 50,000 light hours, an important feature in digital-out-of-home where amazing, immersive and engaging content is demanded for playback, 24/7. The auto-stereoscopic 3D technology is capable of playing both 3D content and legacy 2D content in sequence or at the same time through content management software while delivering an eye-catching 3D digital signage experience. This brings an entirely future-proof digital signage solution to retail environments, showrooms, events and a wide range of other vertical markets throughout Europe and Russia.

"We are thrilled about this new partnership with Stereoscape," said Matthew Young, Managing Director for Exceptional 3D Europe. "Since entering into this area of the global market, we have strived to evolve with best in breed partners," said Mr.Young, "and a partnership with Stereoscape could not be a more suitable fit for furthering the 3D digital signage mass adoption." Mr.Young concluded in saying, "Stereoscape is a leading 3D solutions provider with an innovative team that thinks outside the box. We are excited because together we will take the customer brand experience to new heights in a highly energized digital signage market where the glasses-free 3D technology is sure to stand out in the crowd."

The displays have a 90° viewing angle so multiple viewers can see 3D at one time. Landscape models are available in sizes: 23", 32", 46" & 55". The new kid on the block is the PORTRAIT HD 3D screen, available in two sizes: 46" and 55", which is the perfect solution for fitting any existing portrait type digital signage networks – with an option now to exploit the power of glasses-free 3D in these networks.

'3D Products of the Year' Awards Announced by International 3D & Advanced Imaging Society
3D-News Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013 (15:46 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

The International 3D & Advanced Imaging Society announced thirteen products considered by its blue ribbon panel of judges to be the "Best 3D Products" of 2013. Special awards will also be presented to Mercedes-Benz, Regal Cinemas, and Sony Electronics. The awards will be presented at a ceremony to be held at Paramount Studios in Hollywood on September 18th.

"From consumer cameras to home theatres to 3D apps to automobiles…there are superb new 3D technologies in the market right now," said Society Awards Chairman, Buzz Hays. "3D technology is advancing at warp speed, and our judges had a wide variety of new products to pick from. In the end, we selected just thirteen."

The "3D Products of the Year" include:
• "3D High Definition Head Mounted Display" – Sony
• "M801D80 Razor LED Smart TV with Theatre 3D" – Vizio
• "Portable 3D Laser Projector" – Optical Microvision Lab
• "Amblyz™" (Medical Solution) – XPAND 3D
• "HD3D View-Vaster™" – Cyclopital3D
• "Wide Angle Lens Adapter for Sony PMW-TD300" – Cyclopital3D
• "Stereo Base Extender for Panasonic HDC-Z10000" – Cyclopital3D
• "Hero 3" Portable Cameras – GoPro
• "DeepSee-X" (Under Water Mirror Rig) – DeepSee-X

"There are many, many 3D apps out there in the market, but our panel selected just four to recognize for innovation and user-friendly qualities," stated Hays.

They include:
• "Tridef 3D Mobile App" – DDD
• "Yabazam!" (3D App) – DDD
• 3doo 3D Player App – 3doo, Inc.
• "3DGo!" (3D App) – Sensio

Regal Cinemas at LA Live in Los Angeles will be honored with the Society’s "3D Theatre of the Year" Award, and Mercedes-Benz will be honored with the Society’s first-ever "Car of the Year" award for its 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, featuring a stereoscopic camera safety system.

"At the movies, Regal Cinemas has made customer service and a superb 3D experience a priority for movie fans. On the highways, Mercedes-Benz is using stereoscopic 3D technology to enhance performance and safety for drivers and passengers in its new S-Class vehicles. The Society felt that these two organizations warranted special recognition," said Society President, Jim Chabin.

Additionally, Sony Electronics will be honored in the "Advanced Imaging" Category for its 84" XBR 4K Ultra-HD TV, and its 4K Home Theatre ES Projector.

"Four years ago, consumers could only experience 3D in their favorite Cineplex, and only Hollywood’s biggest directors had access to great 3D technology," added Chabin. "Today, nine of the top ten summer blockbusters at the worldwide box office are 3D movies. 3D Theatrical releases have generated more than six billion dollars this summer. Outside of the box office there are new, innovative 3D products emerging, with more on the way. 3D is a growing part of the worldwide marketplace."

The Society’s awards presentations and annual meeting will be held at Paramount Studios September 18th, 2013, as a part of "3D Week" in Hollywood and Downtown Los Angeles. "3D Week" activities include: The International 3D Film Festival at LA Live and The World 3D Film Expo at the Egyptian theatre in Hollywood.

Video Design brings Dataton WATCHOUT and WATCHPAX to InfoComm India 2013
3D-News Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013 (15:45 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Swedish image processing and control manufacturer Dataton and Premium Partner VideoDesign will demonstrate for the first time WATCHOUT™ version 5.5 multi-image display and presentation software alongside WATCHPAX™ solid-state media server at InfoComm India 2013. The booth will show several real-world installations including projection mapping and 3D stereoscopic viewing. Dataton will alsopresent at the hotly anticipated InfoComm India 2013 Summit on each day of the event.

Two major innovations will be shown for the first time in India with Dataton Premium Partner, Video Design.

WATCHOUT version 5.5 multi-image display and presentation software has a number of newly added features including hardware assisted synchronisation, frame blending, dynamic IP addressing ofindividual computers, cluster naming and insertion of URL based images.

The software enables show professionals to orchestrate stills, animations, graphics, video, sound and live feeds across multiple display areas, soft-edge or scattered. WATCHOUT is fully scalable and uses a Windows platform.

On the booth, the 3D stereoscopic viewing capabilities of Dataton WATCHOUT will be showcased with live 3D demonstrations throughout the show for visitors to try out 3D for themselves. Enabling the presentations, Dataton is partnering with INFITEC® GmbH who is providing stereoscopic projection systems and high-performance viewing glasses.

Also on show will be the compact WATCHPAX solid-state media server with built-inWATCHOUT multi-display software. WATCHPAX is designed for quick maintenance and scheduling. WATCHPAX comes in a discreet and stylish matte black aluminium finish measuring a tiny 127mm x 148mm x 22mm. It takes up the minimum of rack space or simply sits discreetly on the back of a flat-panel display. The unit weighs only 470 grams and consumes very little power.

Warner Bros. Finalizes Massive Fall Initiative for 'The Wizard of Oz'
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 (12:50 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Marking the 75th anniversary of one of its crown jewels, 'The Wizard of Oz,' Warner Bros. has launched a comprehensive, cross-divisional campaign encompassing theatrical, home entertainment and consumer products.

The three Warner Bros. divisions, IMAX® Corporation and the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX will host the September 15th world premiere of the film’s first-ever IMAX® 3D release at the grand opening of the new TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX, the largest IMAX auditorium in the world and the first IMAX theatre in Hollywood. When it was known as Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the facility was the site of the film’s original Hollywood premiere in 1939. An exclusive one-week IMAX® engagement at the new theatre and in more than 300 IMAX theatres across North America follows, beginning Sept. 20. Finally, the Toronto International Film Festival will show 'The Wizard of Oz' in IMAX® 3D on September 15 (the closing day of the festival), at the Scotiabank IMAX Theatre in Toronto.

Following the IMAX® theatrical release from Warner Bros. Pictures, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will debut on October 1 a limited and numbered 'The Wizard of Oz' 75th Anniversary Collector’s Edition, which will consist of a five-disc set including Blu-ray™, Blu-ray 3D™, DVD and UltraViolet™ versions of the film. It will be packed with extras, including documentaries, memorabilia and collectibles. For complete information, visit http://www.thewizardofoz.com

Epson Debuts Family-Focused Full HD 1080p 2D/3D Projector Delivering Big Screen, High-Value HD Entertainment
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 (12:49 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Epson America, Inc. expanded its award-winning lineup of home entertainment projectors with the addition of the Epson® PowerLite® Home Cinema 2030, delivering full 1080p cinematic performance in both high quality 2D and thrilling 3D straight to the comforts of a living room at a great overall value. The Home Cinema 2030 offers families and home theater enthusiasts an amazing, larger-than-life HD experience with bright and vibrant image quality virtually anywhere, plus a new MHL-enabled HDMI port1 that transforms the projector into a smart display with the use of MHL-supported devices, including a range of Android™ phones and tablets, and the Roku® Streaming Stick.

"We are very excited to release Epson's most compact 1080p projector under $1,000, offering customers not only impressive image quality in both 2D and 3D but at a great price," said Jason Palmer, marketing manager, Epson America. "This is Epson's first-ever MHL-enabled home cinema projector, giving users the ability to instantly access their favorite HD content from an MHL-supported device - you can easily stream Netflix from a Roku stick and watch the latest blockbuster movie on the big screen for the ultimate entertainment at home on the big screen."

The newly designed Home Cinema 2030 is compact and sleek and comes equipped with an MHL-enabled HDMI port providing instant access to the latest movies, TV shows, live sporting events, and videogames from MHL-supported devices1. In addition, the projector features built-in sound with the capability to add speakers, enabling users to enhance any movie experience.

Brilliant image quality requires high color brightness (color light output), and Epson projectors have up to 3x Brighter Colors than leading competitive projectors2. Delivering 2,000 lumens of color brightness and 2,000 lumens of white brightness3, the Home Cinema 2030 uses 3LCD, 3-chip technology for brilliant images with true-to-life color. The projector features six pre-set color modes, allowing users to play their favorite video games or watch their favorite TV programs just about anywhere - whether you are playing video games in the man cave or watching TV in a well-lit room.

The Home Cinema 2030 is housed in a white, compact design and offers several features designed to meet a range of home entertainment needs, including:

  • 3LCD Quality and Reliability: 3LCD, 3-chip technology delivers incredible color, amazing detail and road-test reliability with no possibility of color break-up or "rainbow effect"
  • Bright 3D Drive Technology: Minimizes the blackout time of 3D glasses and provides greater brightness of 3D images
  • MHL Supported: Supports Full HD 1080p video and 7.1 audio and enables users to simultaneously charge their MHL-enabled device when it's plugged into the projector and use the projector remote to control MHL-enabled devices1
  • Built-in Color Modes: Features six color modes optimized for different content and settings to get best possible quality and color
  • Built-in Sound: Internal speaker allows for quick easy set-up virtually anywhere and audio out allows for easy connection of larger sound when needed
  • Easy Setup and Installation:1.2x optical zoom for positioning flexibility, automatic vertical keystone ( /- 30 degrees) correction and easy-slide horizontal correction
  • Versatile Connectivity: Two HDMI inputs (one MHL-enabled), Component Video, USB Type A digital connection, and USB 2.0 to share photos and slideshows
  • Rechargeable RF Glasses: Watch up to 40 hours of exciting 3D content, or up to three hours with a three-minute quick charge,4 with glasses sold separately
The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 ($999 MSRP) will be available in early September through select retailers nationwide and the Epson online store. The projector comes with Epson's top-of-the-line service and support, including a two-year limited warranty with toll-free access to Epson's PrivateLine® priority technical support, 90-day limited lamp warranty, and free two-business-day exchange with Extra CareSM Home Service.

Key Digital Presents New Champion Series HDMI Matrix Switcher and Distribution Amplifier Line
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 (12:49 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Key Digital(R) presents new Champion Series HDMI Matrix, Switcher and Distribution Amplifier line: KD-3x1CS, KD-1x3CS, KD-2x2CS, and KD-4x2CS, with full support of 3D stereoscopic signals for residential applications.

KD-3x1CS, KD-1x3CS, KD-2x2CS, and KD-4x2CS are designed and engineered to offer the best quality, performance, and reliability, while providing a cost effective HDMI solution and to enable any HDMI Source to be viewed on any HDMI Output/Display at any time and in any combination.

KD-3x1CS, KD-1x3CS, KD-2x2CS, and KD-4x2CS support lossless compressed digital audio: Dolby(R) TrueHD, Dolby(R) Digital Plus, and DTS(TM)-HD Master Audio. Additionally, they also support SD, HD, and VESA (VGA, SVGA, XGA, WXGA, SXGA, and UXGA) resolutions up to 1080p (60Hz & 50Hz)
• SD & HD: 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
• VESA / DVI: From 640x480p up to 1920x1200p

KD-3x1CS, KD-1x3CS support HDMI with HDCP, 12-Bit Deep Color Video, lossless compressed digital audio and CEC. KD-2x2CS, KD-4x2CS has LED Link Lights that indicate connectivity between each input & output device, and Serial IR, Optical IR, Front Panel & RS-232 control and it supports major control systems: Compass Control(R), AMX(R), Control4(R), Creston(R), RTI(R), Savant(R), and Universal(R).

In addition to Native EDID data for any Output/Display, KD-1x3CS, KD-2x2CS, and KD-4x2CS' Internal EDID Library feature 12 default EDID configurations.

For more information on how Key Digital is revolutionizing digital video transmission, visit http://www.keydigital.com

Glasses-free 3D technology wows at the POS
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 (12:48 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

TRIDELITY AG, a technology leader and pioneer in the field of glasses-free 3D display technology, is now showcasing the new Nike soccer shoes HYPERVENOM at Nike's Paris flagship store. As with all its products, Nike uses high-quality materials and the newest technologies, so it's no surprise the company chose a compatible high-tech presentation medium to present its new shoes - the astonishing glasses-free 3D POS solution from TRIDELITY.

In order to convey to the end user the fascinating experience of wearing the all-new shoe, Nike went for TRIDELITY's vivid visualization solution. Up and running since the beginning of August, the 3D display is incredibly realistic. Seemingly close enough to touch, a soccer shoe protrudes from the 2x2 (110 inch, 2.8 meter diagonal) large video wall in the Nike flagship store on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. The specially developed 3D film gives the shoe the appearance of a living and intelligent life-form, with smooth skin like a snake and the cunning of a scorpion.

The 3D effect can be admired with the naked eye, without glasses, to a viewing angle of up to 120 degrees. Should anyone doubt the benefits of glasses-free 3D displays, they will certainly find them on this installation: There is hardly a better way to demonstrate the marketing benefits of this technology!

"We want to deliver a surprise to the consumer with a revolutionary presentation method that offers an advertising experience that matches our clients' products. We are delighted to demonstrate how good our 3D technology works out with such a worldwide-known athletic goods manufacturer as Nike," says TRIDELITY CEO Michael Russo.

TRIDELITY has already received other requests for installations, so the company believes this is only the beginning of a trend toward an increased use of glasses-free 3D technology in retail and public areas.

International Stereoscopic Union (ISU) World Congress to start on August 20th
3D-News Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2013 (7:30 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

The Bi-annual World Congress of the International Stereoscopic Union (ISU) will start on Tuesday, August 20th, in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

For seven days, several hundred participants will meet to enjoy 3D projections, workshops and excursions.

Details are available at the congress website: http://dsc.ijs.si/isu2013

More freedom of movement while viewing glasses-free 3D
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 (12:51 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Thanks to a new image processing technique, we can now move about in a room more freely when watching 3D-TV without wearing stereo viewing glasses. Fraunhofer will be exhibiting the technology at the IFA international consumer electronics trade fair (Internationale Funkausstellung) in Berlin September 6 - 11, 2013.

In order to dispense with 3D glasses, a television needs to have information about the exact eye position of the viewer. Built-in cameras need to track both pupils continuously to obtain this information. Each eye perceives a separate image so that the 3D effect appears without using the glasses. Nevertheless, the technology still has its weaknesses. If the user moves too quickly or changes viewing position, the images appear distorted or unstable. The manufacturers prescribe optimal viewing distances that are supposed to guaranty quality viewing.

Purchasers of autostereoscopic television models today, i.e. 3D models not requiring stereo viewing glasses to be worn, are confronted not just with a high price tag, they also have to live with loss of depth and image resolution once the distance to the screen falls below or exceeds the recommended one.

The image adapts to the position of the user

Help has now arrived from the labs of the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI), in Berlin. Researchers have developed a new image processing technique that enables viewers to enjoy full 3D quality, even at different distances - and without having to wear stereo viewing glasses. As a result, viewing can be enjoyed at as little as half or up to twice the originally specified viewing distance. The trick: while software cannot eliminate image distortion, it can nevertheless shift it so that viewers always have an undistorted 3D image before their eyes. Even if a viewer moves from the initially specified position. This results from re-calculating the individual sub-pixels for the display by means of a mathematical algorithm whenever the viewer changes position. This way, images are formed that are located between the left and right eyes and are available as additional viewing points. The viewer can move not only forwards and backwards, but sideways as well, without distorted images being formed or images jumping back and forth between individual 3D views.

"Until now, this could only be accomplished by a very expensive mechanical means. The new digital processing works faster and more robustly. In developing the electronic version, we benefitted from technological progress in image resolution and image processing software," explains Klaus Hopf, HHI Group Manager for "Man-Machine Interaction". The new technology has been optimized for multiview 3D displays. This kind of display is able to provide several different viewing points so that several users can experience the effect without wearing stereo viewing glasses. The new technique now permits up to five persons to view 3D content at a distance of 30 cm (12 in) to six meters (20 ft) without impairing the apparent depth and image resolution. The freedom of movement attained enables viewing autostereoscopic displays on desktops, watching television or viewing displays in public spaces.

"Glasses-free 3D systems are currently beginning to be used in medicine, research, and industrial applications. The new software can also provide new impetus for introducing the technology into the home or in advertising," predicts Hopf. He will be exhibiting the new technique in the Fraunhofer Booth at the IFA (IFA TecWatch, Hall 11.1, Booth 21).

Magnetic 3D Swings for the Fences at SEAT 2013
3D-News Posted: Monday, August 5, 2013 (12:05 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster

Magnetic 3D, a leader in autostereoscopic, "glasses-free" 3D displays and digital signage solutions, announced its upcoming presence at the Sports and Entertainment Alliance in Technology (SEAT) 2013 Conference, being held August 4 - August 7 in Kansas City, Missouri.

In addition to providing multiple glasses-free 3D displays for the event, Magnetic 3D will also produce SEAT-branded 3D environments to house the screens. On display in all three of the conference rooms, the content includes glasses-free 3D visualizations of event-related information shared via Twitter, being displayed and updated in real-time. Attendees will not only be able to see what others are saying about the event on Twitter, but will also be encouraged to use the conference's designated hashtag, "#SEAT2013," in order to see their own tweets come alive with eye-catching glasses-free 3D graphics.

Having deployed successful glasses-free 3D campaigns at the 2010 Pro Bowl and two of the last four Super Bowls (XLIV and XLVII), Magnetic 3D is already familiar with accommodating the sports and entertainment industry. In early 2013, Magnetic 3D provided NFL Ticket Exchange® by Ticketmaster with five autostereoscopic displays and several pieces of custom content to be used at the 21st NFL Experience, a week-long event commemorating Super Bowl XLVII. Magnetic 3D also created for the event two custom glasses-free 3D feeds which, like the one crafted for SEAT, displayed and updated information in real-time. One feed was directly connected to Twitter and displayed event-related tweets; the other was linked to the website of NFL Ticket Exchange® and provided fans with current, up-to-the-minute information regarding fluctuations in Super Bowl ticket prices and availability, all in 3D.

As part of one of SEAT's many in-depth panel discussions at the 2013 conference, Magnetic 3D COO Michael Dorin will weigh in on how teams/venues can use glasses-free 3D technology to elevate engagement and the in-stadium fan experience. Dorin's session is open to all and begins at 1:20 p.m. on Tuesday, August 6, in the New York Conference Room at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel.

"We are happy to provide real-time Twitter feeds in 3D, and I am personally honored to be part of a panel discussion at this year's SEAT Conference," said Dorin. "SEAT fosters a strong sense of community. Each and every attendee is truly dedicated to improving the overall integrity of the sports and entertainment industry. We look forward to sharing how our next-generation technology can contribute to the community and help advance the fan experience of tomorrow."

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