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PHOTOKINA: Where to find 3D?
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, September 29, 2004 (20:12 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Last modified (4th update): October 1st, 4.43pm (local time, Cologne)

If you are planning to come to Photokina, there are a couple of companies to visit. Below is a quick overview of some of the companies offering stereoscopic products and/or services.

Hall 1.1 / Booth A 24: Tohkay Sangyo Co., Ltd.
The company from Tokyo offers the Peak stereoscopes, well-known since many years.

Hall 1.1 / Booth A 74/B 75: Seitz Phototechnik AG
Seitz still offers a special 3D-bracket to mount two of its camera heads. Stereo panoramas (360 degrees) can be taken - either with 150 mm or with 300 mm stereo base.

Hall 1.1 / Booth B 68/C 61: Metz-Werke
The German manufacturer of flash-guns has a few flip Lenticular images as a decoration on the walls of its booth.

Hall 1.1 / Booth C 38/D 31: Pentacon GmbH
Pentacon offers a new range of digital scanning camera. Their top-of-the-range products, the Scan 5000 S, has a resolution of 8,192 x 12,000 pixels. Two of those cameras on a bar can be used to take stereo images. A special software, metigo Stereo (made by Fokus GmbH, Leipzig) combines those two images into a terrible red/blue anaglyph photo. Only anaglyph output is available at the moment - and the people at the booth only have an idea of the cameras, not the software.

Hall 1.1 / Booth C 68/D 69: Poly Optics
Company from Hong Kong, selling a 4-lensed 35mm camera. Not intended for stereo photography, but to be used to take passport-style photos on 135 film.

Hall 1.1 / Booth D 81: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Stereoskopie (DGS)
German 3D-Club. Igor Tillmann shows some of his large-format lenticular prints, a homemade 3D-laptop (with a lenticular screen) can be seen and Hugo de Wijs displays a few of his stereo viewers. A polarized rear-projection can also be viewed - and there's usually a happy crowd of stereo enthusiasts around to keep you busy.

Hall 1.2 / Booth A 30/B 33: Pentax
Their latest digital cameras (Optio 750 Z with 7 Megapixels and Optio S50 with 5 megapixels) have a built-in 3D-mode. The cameras come complete with a foldable stereo viewer

Hall 3.1 / Booth L 71/J 70: Sony
Three badly-made large format lenticular images, flat with only some minor 3D background "adore" Sony's booth.

Hall 3.1 / Booth L 17: Vastfame
This company from Hong Kong offers a foldable paper stereo viewer - but they don't have samples available.

Hall 3.2 / Booth G 10/G 18: Dörr GmbH
Dörr is now the German distributor for the Loreo Stereo Camera. They sell it under the "Lomo" range of products, which also includes other multi-lensed camera: the 4-lensed "Lomo Actionsampler" (4 lenses in a 2x2 square arrangement), the 4-lensed "Lomo Supersampler" (4 lenses in a row), The "Lomo Pop 9 (9 lenses in a 3x3 square arrangement) as well as the "Oktomat" with 8 lenses in a 4x2 square arrangement.

Hall 4.2: Kodak
Behind the curtains, and not on display to the general public, Kodak shows two stereo items of interest. One is a stereoscopic video projection, with polarized filters, using two Sanyo projectors - giving the media an overview of the Kodak hall. There are three screens ( and 6 massage chairs from which to view). A lot of the show elements are flat, only arranged three-dimensionally in space. The only "real" stereo is computer-rendered - mostly from CAD files.

The second exhibit is the latest model of Kodak's Stereo 3D Display System (see illustration). The user sits in front of a system that creates a virtual image of two high-resolution 17" LCD displays, one for each eye. The user looks into two "floating balls of light" that provide each eye with a view of a magnified image of one of the two displays. The Kodak display creates a 45 by 36 degree field of view with a resolution of 1,280 x 1,024 pixels, and large 23 mm circular viewing pupils.

Hall 10.1 / Booth A 30: Graphimorph Co. Ltd.
Lenticular software to create flipping lenticulars. Will also convert a 2D image into 3D - and output it as a lenticular image. They also have lenticular CD covers.

Hall 10.1 / Booth F 16: Seagull Digital & Image Co., Ltd.
Displaying the 5-lensed 3D Magic Pro 645 / 3D 120-III camera for 120 roll-film. Intended for lenticular stereo. Both 120 and 220 roll films can be used and will deliver 3 and 6 stereo images respecitively.

Hall 10.1 / Booth G 25: Colour Town
Lenticular screens & software to convert 2D photos into 3D. Or to create a flip effect with two or three photos. Lenticular keychains are also available.

Hall 10.1 / Booth K 17: Cerion GmbH
This company generates cubes of optic glass with an embedded portrait. They use a digital two lens stereo camera (a third lens projects strip-patterns and colors on you while the other two lenses take your picture) system to capture the portrait and to computer-generate a "cloud of dots", which will later be burned into the crystal by a laser.

Hall 10.1 / Booth M 8: China Lucky Film Corporation
Two fairly large film holograms are on display. A new company was founded, Lucky Holography Technology Co. Ltd., in co-operation with Russia's State Optics Institute in St. Petersburg. China Lucky film doesn't manufacture holographic film and doesn't make holograms at the moment.

Hall 10.2 / Booth N 08: more3D
a small projection using the new morpheus3 system. A computer, equipped with a fairly standard graphics card is needed, the special software splits the left and rigt eye views (also from field-sequential DVDs) and outputs everything to two video projectors.

When using the new Infitec filters, no silver screen is needed.

Hall 10.2 / Booth N 08: Audio Visuelle Medien, Roland Blum
A video projection box, with three polarized filter areas in the front is shown.

Hall 10.2 / Booth N 08: X3D Technologies
A lenticular monitor and a large lenticular flat dcreen are on display.

Hall 11.1 / Booth F 40: Maco Photo Products
They still sell 127 roll films in various styles (200 ISO Color Negative, 100 ISO Color Slide and 100 ISO Black & White Negative). Some historic stereo cameras (Nordetta etc.) used this film.

Hall 14.2 / Booth J 39: Crystalix
Another company with a scanning camera, two-lensed. They'll also put your portrait inside a glass cube.

Hall 14.2 / Booth K 44: Breuckmann GmbH
Breuckmann offers a digitizing 3D camera, using two lenses to capture two views, and another lens in the center to project a strip-pattern on the object. Later, a computer will calculate a 3D model from the two views.

Hall 14.2 / Booth K 60: Shanghai Doli Photographic Equipment Co., Ltd.
This company has two coin-operated stereo viewers on display, with medium-format stereo slides. There's also a hand-held "steal-the-light" medium format stereo viewer which uses special plastic frames, holding the pair of slides.

They also show the prototype of a twin-lens viewfinder camera for medium-format (120 film). The 3D 120-1 camera has two 1:4.5/75 mm lenses.

Hall 14.2 / Booth L 51: Dr. Gilde System-Kamera-Technologie GmbH
Manufacturer of a medium format (stereo) camera.

Hall 14.2 / Booth L 57: Dr. Clauss Bild- und Datentechnik GmbH
Manufacurer of a digital panoramic camera system, suitable to take stereo images.

Hall 14.2 / Booth L 61: Lee Filters
Numerous plastic and gel filters are available from Lee Filters - also suitable for making anaglyph glasses.

Hall 14.2 / Booth M 40: HumanEyes
At the booth of Leaf Emea, the company from Israel offering a lenticular process. Free software is available to professionals (in the trial-version with an ebmedded watermark), and the output can be done anywhere from an inkjet printer to an offset press.

These are the companies tracked down so far. Updates will be published if necessary.

If you wish to get in touch with the Stereoscopy.com Webmaster at the trade-fair, give him a ring at 49 (172) 7509611 (mobile)

Scientists Deliver HDTV-Quality Stereo Viewing at Reasonable Cost
3D-News Posted: Tuesday, September 28, 2004 (3:15 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


If you're a baby boomer, you may remember watching horror movies with "3D glasses." This novelty approach to creating a visual sensation of depth was one of the first movie forays into stereo viewing. Since then, with stereo goggles for computer gaming and - at the high-end of quality and expense - with supercomputing applications in science and engineering, the technology has improved.

But you still can't go to the movies and see good 3D, say visualization experts at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC), who have come up with an approach that may fill the void in theaters, meeting rooms and at home.

The key is low cost and high performance, says PSC scientist Joel Stiles, an associate professor in the Mellon College of Science at Carnegie Mellon. Stiles, a medical doctor, physiologist and neuroscientist, and colleague Stuart Pomerantz, a programming expert, created the new system, called the PSC Stereo Animation System (PSC-SAS). "If you make good stereo content and have a good display system," says Stiles, "stereo viewing works fabulously. But it's tremendously underused, because few people have put all the pieces together in an optimum way. Our system provides theater-quality stereo viewing of complex animations at extremely high performance-cost ratio."

With PSC-SAS, images display on a screen, as in normal movie viewing, and the viewer wears light, comfortable glasses, like polarized sunglasses, making the system easily adaptable to in-theater or home viewing. Many stereo-viewing systems, in contrast, rely on special goggles, connected to a computer that can be used by only one person at a time while looking at a computer monitor.

To date, PSC-SAS has been used mainly in scientific settings, for 3D display of dynamic data, compiled as movies, from computational simulations of biomolecules, cellular physiology and other applications, where being able to see depth enhances the ability to understand and analyze complex phenomena. The reaction among scientists, say Stiles and Pomerantz, has been remarkable.

"Many scientists and other professionals who have seen various types of stereo display," says Stiles, "are jaded. They think it sort of works, but it's basically a toy. When they see our system, they say 'wow' and they're reaching out to touch what they see, because it looks so real as it hangs there in space."

All stereo-viewing systems achieve the effect of depth by displaying a slightly different image to each eye. PSC-SAS is distinctive in providing high-quality content in movie-form with "passive" stereo display technology. Most scientific systems and computer games are "active" stereo, relying on goggles that are, in effect, shutter glasses, controlling what each eye sees by electronically switching between the right and left eye at a rate faster than the wearer perceives.

Active stereo can provide high-quality effects, but it has several disadvantages. Prominently, it may present a health and safety problem. In some people, the rapid on-off flashing seen by each eye may become uncomfortable, and flashing lights can sometimes trigger an epileptic reaction. Visualization professionals generally limit their use to relatively short periods at a time. Active stereo, furthermore, is prohibitive for theater viewing, because of the cost of providing computerized goggles to everyone in the theater. The goggles, moreover, are heavy, need batteries and a link to a computer to keep them synchronized.

A more recent technology - "glasses-free" stereo on computer monitors - offers limited resolution and requires the viewer's head to remain in a particular location to see the effect.

With PSC-SAS, two projectors display a right and left-eye image on the screen simultaneously, overlaid on each other - based on the well understood phenomenon of polarized light - so that one image is polarized at a 90 degree angle to the other. Polarized glasses allow the left and right eyes to perceive the two distinct images separately. With this approach, many viewers at one time can see stereo depth.

"One lens is polarized in one direction," says Pomerantz, "and the other in the opposite direction. As long as the filters on the projectors match the filters on the glasses, you can deliver one image to the right eye and another to the left. It's an old trick."

PSC-SAS implements the old trick with stereo-movie content created by software called DReAMM, developed by Stiles, coupled to playback software called PSC-MP, developed by Pomerantz. To accommodate the high resolution of scientific images, PSC-SAS relies on sophisticated compression techniques that reduce file size, but only to a degree that the eye can't detect as different from the original. PSC-MP delivers the polarized images to the dual projectors in synchrony at high realism. It decodes and transmits data at 100 megabits per second, 20 times faster than DVD data rates, for high-definition quality at 30 frames per second.

The result - vivid color and sharp, unpixelated images without uncomfortable, unsafe goggles - also comes at reasonable cost. Stiles estimates a total expense of $12,000 for the hardware components of PSC-SAS, available off-the-shelf, easily within the range of today's home theater market. A non-depolarizing screen, two computer projectors, a dual-processor PC, and a pair of polarized glasses - bring your own popcorn.

PSC-SAS is available for licensing and commercialization through the Carnegie Mellon University Innovation Transfer Center.

The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center is a joint effort of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh together with Westinghouse Electric Company. It was established in 1986 and is supported by several federal agencies, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and private industry.

DDD and Arisawa Manufacturing Co., Ltd. Announce GBP 1.1M Investment and GBP 140,000 Development Agreement
3D-News Posted: Friday, September 24, 2004 (14:54 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


DDD to Integrate 3D Solutions with Arisawa 3D Displays

DDD Group plc, the 3D software and content company, today announced that it had entered into an investment and joint marketing agreement with the Arisawa Manufacturing Co., Ltd., whereby DDD's range of TriDef® 3D solutions will be integrated with Arisawa's range of 3D displays.

Arisawa is a Japan-based company, listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, with three divisions specializing in electrical insulating materials and industrial structure materials, electronics-related materials and products, and optoelectronics-related material and products. With approximately GBP 250 million in annual turnover and GBP 38 million in annual operating income, Arisawa is a key global supplier of optical materials to the rear projection television market and of flexible circuit board materials to the mobile telephone market. Arisawa's optoelectronics division has been involved in the design and development of 3D optical materials and 3D displays since 1997 and offers a range of 3D displays of between 8" and 40" in size.

Under the terms of the joint marketing agreement between DDD and Arisawa, DDD's TriDef range of professional and entertainment software products will be integrated with Arisawa's 3D displays. The combined solutions will be targeted at business and consumer users in Asia, North America and Europe. DDD will also supply licensed 3D content for sale with the Arisawa 3D displays, including the library of 3D movies that DDD has licensed from nWave Pictures NV.

The joint marketing agreement also includes a GBP 140,000 development agreement under which DDD will deliver a hardware chip version of its recently announced real-time 2D to 3D conversion capability. The hardware converter will allow the video signal from DVD players and satellite, cable and terrestrial broadcast to be converted to 3D in real time for presentation on Arisawa's 3D displays.

Under the terms of the investment agreement, Arisawa has agreed to invest GBP 1.1 million for ordinary shares in DDD in two stages. The first investment phase, valued at approximately GBP 413,000 was completed on September 22, 2004. The second phase is expected to be completed subject to the approval of the DDD shareholders at an Extraordinary General Meeting to be held in October 2004. The investment will allow DDD to develop its business activities with Arisawa as well as to focus on existing software and content licensing projects and the expansion of DDD's product range to address the growing number of 3D platforms, including DVD and mobile telephones.

"We believe that content plays a key role in the successful development of large markets for 3D displays," said Dr. Sanji Arisawa, President and Chief Executive Officer of Arisawa. "By combining DDD's innovative content solutions with our new range of 3D displays, we believe that we can aggressively pursue the market for 3D products across a range of applications."

"We are pleased to welcome a company of Arisawa's stature as a strategic shareholder in DDD," said Chris Yewdall, Chief Executive of DDD. "DDD's ability to deliver real-time 2D to 3D conversion is recognized as a critical component in the 3D content solution required by manufacturers seeking to create large markets for 3D display devices. We are pleased with the progress DDD continues to make in partnering with key customers in the growing market for 3D applications in Asia."

IMAX Signs Multiple Theatre Deal with Latin America's Largest Multiplex Exhibitor
3D-News Posted: Monday, September 20, 2004 (20:00 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Cinepolis to Install Three IMAX(R) Theatres, With First to Open in Time for Release of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'The Polar Express: An IMAX 3D Experience' this November

IMAX Corporation and Cinepolis, the largest exhibitor in Latin America and eighth largest in the world with more than 1,100 screens, today announced an agreement to install three IMAX® theatre systems at Cinepolis multiplexes throughout Mexico. The first theatre will be located in Mexico City at Cinepolis Perisur, the highest grossing multiplex in the country, and is expected to open in time for the highly-anticipated November release of Warner Bros. Pictures' The Polar Express: An IMAX 3D Experience - the world's first feature-length Hollywood IMAX® 3D film. This brings the total number of recently signed IMAX theatres scheduled to open for the film's release to five.

The deal advances both IMAX's commercial and international growth strategies, bringing moviegoers in one of the world's largest cities the most powerful and unique way to experience Hollywood event films. It is also the third multi-theatre deal IMAX has signed in just the past six weeks, indicating that exhibitors are beginning to embrace IMAX theatres as a way to drive additional box office revenues and offer a differentiated cinematic experience.

"We believe IMAX represents an exciting and profitable business opportunity, and were most impressed by the results IMAX DMR® and original IMAX 3D releases have posted around the world," said Alejandro Ramirez, Deputy CEO of Cinepolis. "We are committed to providing our customers with an unrivaled entertainment offering, and opening our first theatre with The Polar Express: An IMAX 3D Experience - the first Hollywood event film ever presented in IMAX 3D - will be the perfect way to introduce The IMAX Experience®."

"We are excited about the opportunity to put an IMAX theatre in one of the best locations in Mexico with such a great operator," said IMAX Co-CEO's and Co-Chairmen Richard L. Gelfond and Bradley J. Wechsler. "We have been talking to Cinepolis for six years, and the strength of our recent and upcoming film slate provided the impetus for the deal. With audiences around the world paying a premium for The IMAX Experience, and studios embracing IMAX theatres as a new release window, multiplex exhibitors are accelerating plans to join the IMAX theatre network and open in time for the IMAX 3D release of The Polar Express."

Cinepolis will retrofit an existing 8/70 large format auditorium for the installation at Cinepolis Perisur and it will be the first multiplex in Mexico to house an IMAX theatre. The second and third theatres will be new additions built onto existing cineplexes, with specific locations to be determined. All three Cinepolis IMAX theatres will be capable of showing Hollywood films that have been converted into IMAX's format using IMAX DMR technology, as well as original IMAX 2D and 3D films.

Rembrandt's bad eye may have helped genius
3D-News Posted: Friday, September 17, 2004 (14:32 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Rembrandt's wandering eye might have allowed the 17th century Dutch painter to perceive the three-dimensional world as a flat image, according to a US scientist.

Harvard University neurobiologist Margaret Livingstone studied 24 oil paintings and 12 etched self-portraits showing an asymmetry in Rembrandt van Rijn's gaze. While one eye looked straight ahead, the other pointed in another direction.

"Art teachers often instruct students to close one eye in order to flatten what they see," Livingstone wrote in the September 16 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. "Therefore, stereoblindness might not be a handicap - and might even be an asset - for some artists."

Stereoscopic vision, which requires the perfect alignment of both eyes and gives the ability to see in three dimensions, "can be a hindrance to an artist trying to depict a three-dimensional scene on a flat surface," she wrote in an article entitled "Was Rembrandt Stereoblind?"

In all but one of the portraits she studied, Rembrandt's left eye looks straight ahead while the other "deviates outward," she wrote.

StereoGraphics Releases the SynthaGram 404 Public Display LCD; Large 40'' Glasses-Free 3D Monitor for Advertising, Retail, and Tradeshows
3D-News Posted: Thursday, September 16, 2004 (16:00 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


StereoGraphics(R) Corporation, the world's leading supplier of Stereo3D(TM) visualization products, is set to be the leader in large glasses-free 3D monitors due to the new SynthaGram(TM) 404 Public Display LCD monitor. The SynthaGram is a 3D & 2D monitor that does not require any special eyewear. The SynthaGram creates extremely crisp, bright and wide-angle still and moving images that rivet viewer's attention.

Ryuta Saito from Nissho Electronics, a strategic SynthaGram partner in Japan said, "Nissho Electronics was fortunate to display the new SynthaGram 404 at the Tokyo IVR Show this past June. The stunning glasses-free 3D image quality as well as the ability to show 2D content was able to immediately attract potential prospects to our booth."

The SynthaGram 404 Public Display LCD is ideal for catching the attention of a large audience with its stunning glasses-free 3D images that pop off the screen. Applications include advertising, retail spaces, tradeshows, presentations, lobbies and anywhere you need to captivate a large audience.

The SynthaGram 404 can also display DVD-quality 2D content as well as automatically transition between 2D and 3D. The SynthaGram 404 can be wall mounted as well as displayed on a counter or podium.

Pricing and Availability

The SynthaGram 404 is currently available for MSRP US $15,345.

For additional information on the SynthaGram Glasses-Free 3D monitors, please visit http://www.stereographics.com/synthagram. From there, you will also be able to contact StereoGraphics or one of our authorized resellers. You may also call 1 (800) 783-2660, outside the United States, 1 (415) 459-4500.

"Honey, I Shrunk The Audience" at Disneyland Paris
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, September 15, 2004 (21:38 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


"Early in 1999, Disneyland Paris premiered one of its newest and most exciting attractions, "Honey I Shrunk The Audience". You won't believe your size in this hysterically funny 3-D adventure. The shrinking ray fires, and the chaos begins! Professor Wayne Szalinski is at it again, and this time you're the one who gets shrunk!

Based on two enormously popular Walt Disney Pictures -"Honey, I Shrunk The Kids" and "Honey, I Blew Up The Kid" - the performance "on stage" at the Imagination Institute Auditorium features the original Szalinski film family: the invention-happy professor, his trusting wife, Diane, their sons, Nick and Adam, and their frisky dog, Quark.

In August 2004, we had the opportunity to watch this movie at Disneyland in Paris - and if you ever go there, be sure not to miss it. The attraction is situated towards the back of Discoveryland in the old Cinemagique building (previously home to "Captain EO" starring Michael Jackson). The building itself underwent extensive remodeling and renovation in order to accommodate the particular effects of the new show.

Already hugely popular in Walt Disney World, Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland, the attraction takes guests inside the "Imagination Institute" where they are invited to participate in the audience of a prestigious awards ceremony.

The adventure begins as guests are admitted into a small pre-show theater within the "Imagination Institute", here they are provided with "Protective Goggles" (yellow-framed polarized 3D glasses) which are for use in the main auditorium. Whilst in this smaller waiting area, guests are first invited to watch a short a short film entitled "True Colors" (presented by Kodak) which is viewed on several banks of televisions screens, subtitled in various languages. The presentation is a montage of photographs, which illustrate the power of pictures.

Next, guests go "live" backstage to the institute where (via the same screens) they are introduced to professor Nigel Channing ("Monty Python's" Eric Idel) who informs them that they have chosen to visit on a very important day. Its the annual "Inventor Of The Year" awards, and this years recipient Wyane Szalinski will be arriving soon to demonstrate a selection of his finest inventions including his famous shrinking and enlarging machine.

From here guests pass into the main theater for the feature presentation. Once seated, guests can may use translation headphones located in selected rows near the back of the auditorium to enjoy the presentation in a selection of languages.

The main presentation takes the form of an award show/demonstration with the 3D movie handled accordingly. The overall effect is that the performers appear to be really on-stage rather than on film.

Wayne Szalinski (Rick Moranis) first appears flying above the heads of the audience aboard his hover machine which he has miniaturized using his shrinking machine. But before long, the machine spins out of control setting the scene for the entire show which includes a series of bungled experiments, each of which results in hilarious and occasionally terrifying consequences. The climax of the show results in (unsurprisingly) the whole audience becoming shrunk. Much mayhem ensues, which eventually results in everyone returned to their correct size.

The overall effect of the show is truly outstanding and leaves most guests feeling "just plain weird". Through combining the visual effects of a standard three-dimensional film and the use of sensory effects (you will - among many surprises - get chased by a herd of scurrying white-mice clones and caught in a shower of body fluids of a gargantuan dog), the attraction puts each guests into the center of the action like never before.

The main show is performed in French, with headphones offering translation into a selection of languages including English and German. Guests pay attention to announcements in the pre-show area and enter the theatre through the doors marked by a headphone symbol when requiring translation.

As Disneyland tends to be crowded later in the day, we recommend that you visit before 10am. Don't sit in the first few rows, as you may have fusion-problems with the 3D images. The best place is in the very center of the theater. When you enter the pre-show film, don't go down to the very front of the room, keep in the center as well.

This year, the theater will be closed between November 8th through 19th.

PHOTOKINA: Virtual Reality made easy
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, September 15, 2004 (14:09 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


At Photokina 2004 in Cologne, more3D will introduce morpheus3 mobile, a new universal and yet mobile 3D projection system that works on any white wall with any 3D content.

Combining two internationally patented technologies, more3D has created a compelling and powerful device that enables true 3D stereo projection not only onto any enironment with a white surface, but also using almost any 3D application, 3D video or stereo image material.

Combining two internationally patented technologies, more3D has created a compelling and powerful device that enables true 3D stereo projection not only within any enironment with a white surface, but also using almost any 3D application. Whether it is architectural models, engineering prototypes, complex machinery or simply computer games, morpheus3 mobile delivers them literally in a new dimension. Users only have to turn on the device, adjust the projectors and present their 3D content anywhere they like.

This content may range from any 3D application using the Microsoft Direct3D standard and Quad Buffered OpenGL applications like CATIA or ProEngineer to 3D movies and 3D images. Using standard digital cameras, 3D images can be created and presented on morpheus3 mobile with true depth. With the push of a button the built in more3D software also creates stereo screenshots from within your 3D application. These screenshots can then be arranged into a 3D slideshow and used for presentation, marketing or entertainment purposes. morpheus3 mobile even plays IMAX 3D-DVD's and other 3D video material. All of this is shown in high contrast, flicker free 3D. The possibilities are truly endless.

morpheus3 mobile comes as a turn key package including everything to start presenting in 3D stereo. Users just need to install their desired 3D application or 3D presentation material and the system creates a stunning 3D projection from it.

"Using INFITEC filters we enhanced the mobility of our morpheus3 3D projection system substantially by eliminating the need for a silver screen", sais Jens Demmer, Director Sales of more3D, and adds: "Of course we also offer a polarized version including a silver screen which is even lower priced."

"Our more3D software suite has always enabled 3D for projection or autostereoscopic devices.Now an easy 3D projection without special hardware from within any application, but now 3D is as simple as setting up a TV", notes Ingo Nadler, Marketing Director of more3D.

Optionally morpheus3 includes DeepExploration, a powerful tool that converts and views many 3D file formats on morpheus3 mobile of course in true 3D stereo. Among many others these formats include 3DSMax, Softimage, Maya, LightWave, Cinema4D, X-Files und VRML files.

morpheus3 mobile comes with a mini PC with Microsoft WindowsXP Professional, more3D Software Suite, two bright projectors, an adjustable morpheus3 mobile rack mount and two INFITEC filters with electronics and 5 pairs of matching INFITEC 3D glasses. morpheus3 mobile starts at an SRP of 12.999 EUR net.

The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre Takes Audiences 'Into The Deep' With IMAX 3D Technology
3D-News Posted: Wednesday, September 15, 2004 (13:57 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


'Into the Deep' Opens September 20

The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre will take viewers "Into the Deep" on a spectacular three-dimensional exploration of the undersea world. Into the Deep opens on Monday, September 20. Using IMAX 3D technology, this film captures unique marine life and magnificent underwater vistas. The audience will become sea dwellers, discovering a living-breathing kaleidoscope. Into the Deep is the first film to use the IMAX 3D camera technology underwater.

Tickets for Into the Deep are $10 adults, $9 seniors and $8.50 children. Members to The Henry Ford get tickets at the discounted price of $8 adults and $6.50 children. The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre is located at 20900 Oakwood Blvd. in Dearborn. For information on tickets and showtimes, call 1 (313) 271-1570 or visit the website at http://www.thehenryford.org.

Kate Nelligan narrates and renowned marine-life filmmaker Howard Hall directs this colorful foray into the kelp forests located off California's Channel Islands. Swim nose to nose with colorful garibaldi, starfish and sharks, play tag with sea lions and observe the rarely seen behavior of the creatures of the eternal undersea night. Into the Deep lets you experience it all on a screen that is six stories tall and eight stories wide.

The Henry Ford, located in Dearborn, Michigan was founded in 1929 by automotive pioneer Henry Ford. This history destination includes Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, The Henry Ford IMAX(R) Theatre, The Benson Ford Research Center and The Ford Rouge Factory Tour. The Henry Ford, America's Greatest History Attraction, is the history destination that brings the American Experience to life.

IMAX and Warner Bros. Pictures Embark on Second Original IMAX 3D Film, Denizens of the Deep
3D-News Posted: Monday, September 13, 2004 (20:23 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


IMAX to Distribute Underwater Adventure Picture Worldwide in Spring 2006

IMAX Corporation and Warner Bros. Pictures Inc. today announced that they will jointly produce their second original IMAX(R) 3D film, Denizens of the Deep (working title). This is Warner Bros. Pictures' sixth film commitment to IMAX(R) theatres in the past 18 months, and follows on the successful release of NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience, which set opening weekend box office records for an original IMAX film, and has already grossed more than $18 million.

Denizens of the Deep will be shot by award-winning Director/Cinematographer Howard Hall, produced by Toni Myers, executive produced by Graeme Ferguson and Brad Ball, and co-produced by Michelle Hall. The film will offer audiences astonishing, up-close encounters with some of the world's most exotic undersea creatures. Hall, Ferguson and Myers were all part of the accomplished filmmaking team behind IMAX's first underwater 3D adventure, Into The Deep, which has grossed more than $70 million since its 1991 release.

Denizens of the Deep is scheduled for worldwide release to IMAX theatres in 2006 and production will begin on September 18, 2004, in the Sea of Cortez.

Brad Ball, who played an integral role in bringing the NASCAR project to Warner Bros. Pictures, will executive produce Denizens of the Deep as part of his ongoing relationship with the Studio and IMAX.

In addition, as previously announced, on November 10, 2004, Warner Bros. Pictures will release The Polar Express: An IMAX 3D Experience. The Polar Express is a dynamic combination of next-generation motion-capture technology with state-of-the-art digital animation and will now additionally be rendered in IMAX 3D for a unique large-format viewing experience.

"We have been very pleased with the results of our previous IMAX releases, including the Hollywood event films we've digitally re-mastered into IMAX's format, and NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience - our first original IMAX production," said Dan Fellman, president, domestic distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. "And we look forward with great excitement to the opening of The Polar Express: An IMAX 3D Experience in November, when it will make a great kickoff to the holiday season."

"We are thrilled to expand our partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures," said Greg Foster, IMAX's President, Filmed Entertainment. "IMAX 3D films have historically been among our highest grossing, best received and most profitable, as they offer an immersive experience that is appealing to both educational and commercial audiences. We look forward to working with Warner Bros. Pictures to deliver another captivating IMAX 3D film."

Sanyo Future 3D Video Conferencing
3D-News Posted: Monday, September 13, 2004 (14:59 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Sanyo is working with the Kyoto University on a real-time 3D Video conferencing utilizing 7 video cameras to capture 3D images.

Sanyo plans to have a commercial version of the system ready in three to five years. The System uses of course the new 3D displays that do not need special glasses.

HOLO FX Exhibits New Display Medium at Toronto Film Fest 2004
3D-News Posted: Monday, September 13, 2004 (14:54 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


HOLO FX, a new venture and developer of a unique full-motion 3D stereoscopic display medium has been selected as a showcase device for the Toronto International Film Festival, 2004.

HOLO FX will install its exciting new advertising medium aside the red carpet leading to a major social event, the FQ (Fashion Quarterly) Anniversary Celebration party, September 9, 2004.

Based on six years of research in the field of human visual perception, the innovative and highly captivating advertising media system projects three-dimensional images onto a transparent screen. Full colour three-dimensional video images float, zoom and rotate in mid-air. The system's exceptional brightness allows for indoor as well as outdoor applications. This effect is accomplished through a patent-pending method, system and apparatus, which exploits the human visual perceptual system. It permits the straightforward creation and display of video images, perceived by viewers as three-dimensional, without requiring the viewers to use any special hardware.

Michael King, CEO and Group Creative Director of Kontent Publishing (publisher of FQ magazine) said, "The use of the HOLO FX display is the ideal medium to showcase the dynamic nature of the film and fashion industries in Toronto. The stunning images presented by the HOLO FX display are perfectly in tune with the stars and celebrity of the Toronto International Film Festival. FQ is proud to have HOLO FX at the FQ Anniversary Event."

Michael Carr, President of HOLO FX, is in concert with King, saying, "We are very pleased to having been chosen by FQ to be its showcase at this exhilarating event. The use of HOLO FX display media at such an elegant event speaks very well for the exciting nature of our new product."

Shades of Black and White by Photographer David Lee at the 3D Center of Art and Photography
3D-News Posted: Monday, September 13, 2004 (14:48 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


"Shades of Black and White" features David Lee, a San Francisco photographer who has been widely exhibited. Eleven of Lee's large format stereo pairs, most of them taken in Yosemite Park, will be featured.

The images are seen with the mirrored viewer Lee designed for this purpose. The photographs, reminiscent of those taken by Ansel Adams, have mesmerized audiences with their majesty and grandeur. "It is as if you could walk into the scene," one viewer noted.

"Art in Depth": Painting converted to Stereo by Jim Long begins October 1 in the Center's Stereo Theatre. The 20 minute 3D presentation is a series of classic art works rendered into three dimensions. "Art in Depth" will be projected every hour.

The 3D Center also houses a collection of antique and contemporary stereo cameras, viewers and other devices. Information panels and interactive displays explain the phenomenon of 3D vision. The Center's collection of stereocards are available for viewing and the reference library is open to visitors. There are daily 3D slide projections.

Open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays from 1 pm until 5 pm. Open First Thursday from 4pm until 9 pm. Admission by donation. 1928 NW Lovejoy, Portland/Oregon, USA. Tel.: 1 (503) 227-6667, Web: www.3dcenter.us.

Photokina 2004 - What's in it for 3D?
3D-News Posted: Monday, September 6, 2004 (18:16 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


On September 28th, 2004, Photokina will open its doors again in Cologne, Germany.

Around 160,000 visitors from every continent - some 40,000 of them from abroad - will be flocking to the Koelnmesse exhibition grounds from 28th September to 3rd October for the "Olympics" of the imaging sector. And the international imaging industry is looking forward to its summit meeting with tremendous optimism, because digital photography is experiencing a boom throughout the world. The leading global fair for imaging technology and imaging applications will indeed be a dynamic and spectacular event.

Approximately 1,600 suppliers - over three per cent more than at the previous fair in 2002 - will be exhibiting their products and services, and over 60 % of them will be coming from abroad. Without exception, all of the global players from the photo and imaging industry, leading suppliers of consumer electronics and printing technology, and a host of new exhibitors from the IT and telecommunications industry will be present. And they'll be presenting an unparalleled variety of innovations for professionals and non-professional consumers alike.

As in 2002, "Stereoscopy.com 3D-News" will be present in order to keep you informed about the latest developments in the 3D-Imaging sector.

"Starchaser" and "House of Wax" in Hamburg
3D-News Posted: Monday, September 6, 2004 (16:22 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Hamburg's Regional Group of the "Deutsche Gesellschaft für Stereoskopie" (DGS) will be showing two 3D-Movies in October and November 2004.

On Saturday, October 9th, the movie "Starchaser" will be shown, followed by "House of Wax" on Saturday, November 6th.

Both projections will start at 7pm at the Metropolis-Kino, Dammtorstrasse 30, Hamburg (Germany).

3D Movies at the Movie Museum, Munich
3D-News Posted: Saturday, September 4, 2004 (18:31 UTC) | Posted By: Webmaster


Between September 7th and October 3rd, the Filmmuseum München (Movie Museum, Munich) will be showing a number of famous 3D-movies from the 1950's.

Besides highlights as "House of Wax", "Kiss me Kate", "Miss Sadie Thompson", "Dial M for Murder" the museum will also shown lesser known movies, including short movies ("Royal River", "Around is Around"), as well as a movie from the USSR ("Robinson Kruzo").

More information about the museum is available in German at http://www.stadtmuseum-online.de/filmmu.htm, the program is available as a pdf-file: http://www.stadtmuseum-online.de/aktuell/dreid.pdf

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