Last modified (8th update): September 20th, 06.00 pm (local time, Cologne)
Every two years there is one focal point in the sector: photokina, the world's leading imaging fair. photokina brings together the industry, trade, professional users and end consumers with a passion for photography — in a way no other event can match. Be sure you don't miss the world's most important platform for placing orders, gathering information and enjoying exciting experiences — from September 18 to 23, 2012 in Cologne, Germany.
Stereoscopy.com will be at photokina for the whole week, looking for 3D-related products. This page will be updated regularly.
If you are planning to come to Photokina in Cologne, Germany, 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 / Center of Art Exhibition: Leica
While the main booth of RealEyes is in Hall 6.1 (see below), they also have two of their outstanding lenticular images on display, showing the front and rear sides of an early Leica camera.
Hall 2.1 / Booth D10: Sagemcom Germany GmbH
Under the Agfa brand name, Sagemcom sells numerous cameras with a "3D" feature. It consists of Arcsoft's Media Impression software, which is "capable of converting 2D images to 3D" (anaglyph). Interestingly, the sales-people at the booth have not seen any of the results ...
Hall 2.1 / Booth D18: Carl Zeiss AG
Zeiss shows their Cinemizer glasses with OLED display. The Cinemizer multimedia video glasses can be used for various applications. It can be connected to an iPod/iPhone, smartphone with HDMI or analog A/V interface, Blu-ray player, gaming consoles such as PS3 or XBox, PCs & notebooks, and other devices. This is all made possible by an HDMI adapter, a video cable (yellow cinch) and an optional iPod/iPhone adapter.
It contains two high-resolution OLED displays (Organic Light Emitting Diode), each with 870 x 500 pixels and a fill factor of 100 %. The simulated image size is that of a 40 inch screen located at a distance of 2 meters.
Various stereoscopic 3D formats are supported. These are side-by-side, top-bottom or line-interleaved such as Frame Packing via HDMI 1.4.
Hall 3.1 / Booth A26: Fantasea Line
Once again, this company from Israel shows their underwater housing for the Fujifilm Finepix Real 3D W3 camera, which is good until a diving depth of up to 40 meters - with all controls being accessible from outside.
Hall 3.1 / Booth B25: digi-dat / Werner Bloos
Werner Bloos will show an underwater housing for the Panasonic Z10k - and the appropriate underwater video (shot in June of 2012 in the Red Sea) will be shown on a passive polarized 3D-TV set. The movie ("The Art of Diving 3D") will also be available for purchase on BluRay Disc.
Other 3D products will include an underwater housing for 2 Sony cameras, various cameras linked by Stereo Data Maker (SDM) and other 3D BluRay discs ("Diving at El Queseir 3D" and "SteinZeit3D").
Hall 3.1 / Booth B46: Vastfame Industrial
This company from Hong Kong shows numerous multi-lensed film-based cameras. While mainly designed for fun snapshots, the two-lensed models could also be used for stereo photography. The designs are quite colorful.
Hall 3.1 / Booth B61a: CNGC Night Vision Technology Group Corp.
This company presents the "Eyetop", also called the "Eyebook". These 3D vision glasses are based on AMOLED micro screen technology , with CPU/RAM and other hardware running under the LINUX operating system (Version 2.6). It offers a real 3D virtual screen at 2 meters, resembling a 55-inch screen. Running with a 720 MHz CPU, it offers 800x600 pixel resolution on its 1/2 inch screens.
Hall 3.1 / Booth C31: Universal Electronics Industries
The manufacturer of Holga cameras presents two models for 120 Roll Film and one pinhole camera for 135 film. Viewers are available as well.
Hall 3.1 / Booth C77: Bosma Ind. Co., Ltd.
This chinese company offers Active Shutter Glasses, compatible with most brands of infrared television sets, computer displays, laptops and projectors. Weighing 28 grams, the glasses support various brands of TV sets (Sony, Panasonic, Samsung, Philips, Sharp, Toshiba, LG, Mutsubishi, HP, Funai, Grundig, Coby, JVC, Benq, Optoma, Changhong, TCL, Hisense and Skyworth).
Also on display are a number of autostereoscopic picture frames as well as the 508803 Tablet PC, running under Android 4.0. Its autostereoscopic 8" screen features a 1280 x 768 pixel resolution and a 5-point Capacitive Touch Panel. Unfortunately, the RGB pixels on the display are arranged horizontally - so in conjunction with the vertical barrier-strip used to separate the left and right eye views, this generates very annoying color shift.
Hall 3.2 / Booth A13-B16: Panasonic
The current 3D products are on display, such as the VW-CLZ2E-H 3D Conversion Lens, the High End 2D / 3D Full HD Camcorder HDC-Z10000E as well as the DMC-3D Compact 3D Camera.
Hall 4.1 / Booth D21: GSM Solutions Inc.
This company from South Korea displays a system to acquire panoramas, using 4 Nikon digital SLR cameras. They also have a stereoscopic version, using 8 DSLR cameras - and the results can be viewed on stereoscopic screens at the booth.
Hall 4.2 / Booth A08-C09: Fujifilm Corporation
No new 3D camera has been released. The current model, the Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W3 is on display - along with the FinePix Real 3D V3 autostereoscopic digital photo frame. Some samples of their lenticular prints are also shown - although the images are not very three-dimensional but rather flat.
Hall 4.2 / Booth A20-B29: CeWe Color AG
CeWe advertises a 3D Book option, which is anaglyph-based. The samples are printed in colors not matching the anaglyph glasses - and the images themselves are very amateurish and not convincing. It's a good idea - but badly done.
Since only a few days, CeWe has also started to print lenticular images. The majority of the market will be for greeting-cards, where a customer's 2D photo will be digitally mounted begind a virtual 3D picture frame (with numerous designs to choose from). Bookmarks are available, too.
They will also offer a lenticular printing service of MPO and JPS files - but they do not calculate any intermediate images. They might also consider to print using about 10 customer-supplied image frames.
The technology behind their lenticular prints is supplied by Snapily, an Israel-based company. With a digital Indigo printing press, the print directly on the back of the lenticular material.
Hall 5.1 / Booth A07: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Stereoskopie e.V.
The DGS has a small booth, with a showcase comtaining a Van Ekeren viewer attached to an IPad, a grey Loreo stereoscope, a Fuji W3 stereo camera, soma anaglyphs and a 1960's Pentacon stereo slide bar. A passive polarized LG-TV is used to show some 3D images to the general public.
Hall 5.1 / Booth H20: StudioGH
Guillaume d'Hubert from France has four lenticular prints on display, including one 90 x 90 cm / 20 lpi print of an aviator. The quality of the prints is really good.
Hall 5.2 / Booth B09: Sony
Sony has also issued a whole range of WiFi-connected 2D Cameras - but like all the other manufacturers, they have not thought about using that capability to synchronize multiple cameras.
There are also numerous 3D products on Sony's booth, such as the HDR-TD20 3D Camcorder and the DEV-3 3D binoculars.
Hall 6.1 / Booth A40: SPC International SRL
Once again, SPC from Italy shows software to generate anaglyph images for photo albums, taking a stereo pair and converting it to anaglyph. They also advertise software to create images viewable through ChromaDepth glasses.
Hall 6.1 / Booth B15-D18: KIS / Photo-Me
The Speedlab 300 3D is the first self-service photo kiosk delivering personalized animated photos. This innovative kiosk features two fun services to play with. 3D Deco offers customers the possibility to integrate their own photos with a themed foreground. When rotating the print, lenticular layer brings both photo and foreground to the third dimension, giving a dynamic effect to the scene. The 2-in-1 Flip service allows customers to select two photos from their digital media and to print them together on the same sheet. A new Morphing service, still under development, will soon allow customers to transform a face by enlarging the eyes or the mouth, giving an alien or cartoon aspect to that person. The lenticular print reproduces the morphing sequence as a short animation. The overall lenticular printing process takes about 1 minute, which make the Speedlab 300 3D a genuine instant printing kiosk. A regular photo printing service complements the kiosk's capabilities for higher return on investment. Various means of payment are available.
The prototype on display is capable of producing 10x15 cm prints, with lnticular sheets laminated to the print's surface. Unfortunately, there seems to be a technical problem with the printer and the whole machine cannot be seen in action.
Hall 6.1 / Booth D9: RealEyes
Quite amazing are the two lenticular displays using 250,000 tiny round lenses, thus not only giving horizontal parallax but also a vertical field of view - resulting in a holography-like impression.
Behind each lens is a computer-generated view. The images (232 gigabytes of data) are exposed at 18,000 DPI on Ilford film and then sandwiched with the lenticular material. The current size is 1 m², costing 5,500 Euro.
Hall 6.1 / Booth E11: DGH Großhandel
One of the showcases of this German wholesale company displays various Loreo products, such as the 3D 9005 attachment, Loreo 3D Lens in a Cap, a Pixi 3D Viewer and a Macro Lens in a Cap.
Hall 6.1 / Booth E23: Prismlab
This Chinese company has a few lenticular prints on display. They seem to produce a lenticular printer - which is not shown on the booth. However, their brochure shows the "LO3D" 3-Lens 3D Camera and digital 3D Printer.
Hall 9.1 / Booth D39: Your Look GmbH
On display are a 3D TV as well as a few lenticular pictures, taken with Virtual Backgrounds' technology, a Texas-based company.
The lenticular images, taken with a Panasonic DMC-3D camera, only combine two views - without any interpolation. Therefore, the image flips from proper stereo to depth-inverted pseudo-stereo in a matter of a few degrees of rotation.
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