We are sad to announce that Alain Derobe died unexpectedly on March 12, 2012. Alain was the French stereographer behind the stunning "Pina" movie by Wim Wenders and recently finished working on "Astérix and Obélix: God Save Britannia" to be released in October 2012.
Since its diploma from the "École nationale Louis-Lumière" in 1958, he worked on more than 20 movies as D.O.P. and -from 1992- as stereographer.
The 55 inches ( 140 cm) Toshiba 55ZL2 is the first large-screen 3D television which does not require the viewer to wear special glasses and offers acceptable resolution. It has gone on sale in UK for 7,000£ and in the US for 11,500$.
The trick is that the display panel used by Toshiba in his 55ZL2 has four times the number of pixels of a Full-HD TV set. So with the autostereoscopic processor and lenticular screen dividing the number of pixels by nine, the number of pixels per view stays around 1 megapixels. Losing 50% of the resolution (compared with an active glasses 3DTV) is the price to pay for dropping the glasses; but it is far better than losing around 80% of the resolution with the previous solutions based on 2K display panels!
One more version for Stereoscopic Player from 3DTV (Linz, Austria). The new 1.8 was relased end of last month with several bug fixes. Upgrade recommended for all users (free and paid licences).
For the 101st birth anniversary of origami grandmaster Akira Yoshizawa, Google has posted a paper folding doodle on its homepage.
This is the occasion to bring back memories of the world's first stereoscopic 3D advert: a stop-motion origami animated short advertising the Toshiba R630 laptop. Watch it here under!
Is your stereovision OK or not? Here under is a simple online test in the form of a black circle you have to focus on and a few lines of text explaining what happens (or should happen).... Have your friends pass the test and learn who is stereoblind among them!
According to several recent studies, between 6 and 12% of the world population are stereoblind. But don't worry too much if you are, there are plenty of depth cues in the world that help you appreciate the depth and distance of objects. And you may as well spare a few bucks when going to the movies...