Last modified (6th update): September 17th, 03.20 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 16 to 21, 2014 in Cologne, Germany.
Stereoscopy.com will be at Photokina for the whole week, looking for 3D-related products. This page will be updated regularly - so check back at least daily.
If you are planning to come to Photokina in Cologne, Germany, this page will give you a quick overview of some of the companies offering stereoscopic products and/or services:
Hall 2.2 / Booth B011/C012: Epson
In one corner of the booth, the latest Moverio BT-200 Smart Glasses are on display, a augmented reality solutuion which is also capable of playing back stereoscopic content in side-by-side format. The LCDs are Poly-silicon TFT active matrix with 0.42 inch wide panels (16:9). The LCD Pixel Number is 518,400 dots [(960x540) x 3]. It is running off an User Interface box, running with Android 4.0.4 and featuring a touchpad to control the features of the display.
Hall 3.1 / Booth C055: Camex 3D
Located on the booth of Lucky Film, the latest digital 3-lens camera can be seen, which is three 5 Megapixel cameras in one body. Therefore, the images are stored on three SD cards before being transferred to the 3D Digital Printer/Processor, which interlaces 2 to 16 images automatically and uses 169 LPI lenticular material for the prints. The printer will be in the $50,000 range - and orders are taken for resellers of the camera, although there is a minimum order quantity of 500 cameras. 8" digital 3D picture frames are also available.
Hall 4.1 / Booth G034: Universal Electronics Industries Inc.
The Hong Kong-based manufacturer of Holga cameras still offers its Holga 120 Standard Stereo Camera, Holga-120 Pinhole Stereo Camera, Holga 135-3D Standard Stereo Camera, Holga 135PC-3D Pinhole Stereo Camera as well as the appropriate mounts and viewers. Also available is the Holga 135TIM camera for closer distances (due to its small stereo base).
The latest Holga product is a beamsplitter attachment for both IPhone 4/4S (model 3DLC-IP4) and IPhone 5 (3DLC-IP5). It consists of an attachment/protective shell ("Camera Case") for the smartphone - and a magnetically attached "3D Lens". The results can be viewed with the 3DV-IP4 Holga 3D Viewer, which is a cardboard box with two lenses, into which the smartphone is inserted.
Hall 5.1 / Booth C007: IVRPA International VR
Zphereo Z6X3D 360 video system. Try making 3D360 video in the affordable way! Being able to see the whole surrounding with stereoscopic vision shall bring the user expereince of virtual reality to the next level. The added immersion & realism will release it's potential with 3D HMD. With their redefined mini fisheye optics and the streamlined workflow, users can make seamless 3D360 video with just 6 mini camera, with reduced weight, parallax, processing time and cost. The pre-calibrated IPD shall able to have good stereo alignment for objects from 2-10 meters away. The output video size can reach upto 6Kx6K, should able to fulfill the demanding professional needs.
Hall 5.2 / Booth D006: Lytro
LYTRO ILLUM, a light field camera and software platform designed to redefine the way we portray the world around us, is Lytro's newest vision for the future of photography. Built to harness the full power of the light field, the professional-grade LYTRO ILLUM will give photographers a new medium capable of capturing visual experiences in their purest form — not as a static cross-section of reality but an authentic, interactive window into their world.
The camera paves the way for an immersive brand of storytelling in which images can be brought to life in multiple dimensions through Light Field Photography — a transformative new category that empowers artistic creation and expression beyond what is possible in the 2D world of digital and film. In capturing the color, intensity and direction of every light ray flowing into the camera, LYTRO ILLUM provides a massive amount of visual information that allows photographers to recreate sights and scenes on a truly experiential canvas.
Hall 6.1 / Exhibition Space: IFAG
Students of IFAG ("Institut für Angewandte Gestaltung") display a few lenticular images with rather limited depth.
Hall 6.1 / Booth C011: DioVision
While claiming to make a "3D visual experience happen without software, special recording techniques or 3D glasses", the "world premiere" only adds a piece of curved plexiglass in front of a screen - and also adds a colorful border - and not the "spatial depth and brilliant clarity" as claimed by the manufacturer.
Hall 9.1 / Booth A014/B017: GoPro
Dual HERO System. The tandem housing holds two HERO3+ Black Edition cameras (sold separately), enabling you to capture full-resolution video and photos simultaneously with uncompromised image quality. You can also record synchronized footage to convert to 3D using GoPro Studio editing software, available via free download at http://shop.gopro.com/softwareandapp/gopro-studio-edit-software/GoPro-Studio.html Single interface control allows one camera to control the other’s settings and modes for convenient shooting. Waterproof to 197’ (60m).
Hall 9.1 / Booth A023: Xtreme Electronics 3D Systems Ltd.
XES3D Pad 7” - an autostereoscopic tablet with a 7-inch 800×1280 pixel TFT panel (215 ppi pixel density), a quad-core processor, 1 GHz/core, ARM Cortex A7 CPU based SoC, 1 GB RAM, a PowerVR SGX 544MP GPU and 8 GB integrated storage. It can be expanded by a max. 64 GB MicroSD card. Besides the operating system (Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean), the tablet comes loaded with some extra 3D apps: 3DPView, 3DV Game Center, 3DVPlayer. So far, the 3DVPlayer plays only Side-by-Side (2 pictures side-by-side) and 3DV format video files - but no top/bottom files.
Also on display is an autostereoscopic monitor/TV screen. In the near future, the company plans to offer an 11 inch autostereoscopic tablet as well.
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