The Last 50 3D Stereoscopic Technology News Fri, 01 Aug 2014 03:27:31 +0200 MYOB en-gb A new Powerful 3D camera for Industrial Applications

The NEW Ensenso N20 industrial camera by Multiplix Imaging (Petersfield, UK) is equipped with two high resolution 1.3 megapixel CMOS sensors 3D camera provides a wider field of vision, which means it is also suitable for capturing greater volumes and for working distances of up to 3 meters.

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]]> (admin) 3D Technology Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:30:15 +0200
Researcher Wants your Answer to "Did you Like the Hobbit in 3D HFR?"

Darren Elliott, a student at University of Waikato (New Zealand), is researching 3D and HFR perception by audiences of "The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug". Does 3D and HFR impact audiences immersion and perceptions of reality? To know the answer, he launched an online questionnaire that is open to anybody. Submit your own answers here under.

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]]> (admin) Research Projects Tue, 10 Jun 2014 16:05:38 +0200
"Smithsonian X 3D" Beta is Available

The Smithsonian is 3D digitizing some of the best artefacts from its collection. And now 3D Systems has created a website called Smithsonian X 3D apart from providing its 3D technology for 3D scan processing and printing.

Use the Smithsonian X 3D Explorer to explore and manipulate museum objects like never before. Create and share your own scenes and print highly detailed replica of original Smithsonian collection pieces.

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]]> (admin) Research Projects Mon, 09 Jun 2014 20:37:59 +0200
Anatole Lécuyer's "Mind Mirror" shows Video of his Brain Activity

Mind Mirror is  the result of collaboration between IRISA (Institute for Research in Computer Science and Random Systems) and INSA in Rennes (France). This combination of a EEG helmet, a 3D camera and a semi-reflective digital display is the first device to combine augmented reality and electroencephalography (EEG) in real time.

Result: you see you brain activity in the mirror in real time. Scientists call that "Neurofeedback".

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]]> (admin) Research Projects Sun, 18 May 2014 19:51:24 +0200
A new kind of Autostereoscopic 3D Screen

Reflection-type 3D screens were tested a long time ago but where considered impractical. Those screens use a large number of tiny retroreflectors to send the light back at very narrow angles.

The new screen proposed by Sung-Wook Min from Kyung Hee University in Korea offers better brightness and are far more easy to set up. Future developements based on this study may lead to a new kind of 3D "Light field" displays preserving true depth and perspective. Large glasses-free 3D projection may become a possibility...

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]]> (admin) Research Projects Mon, 12 May 2014 22:19:32 +0200
Praying Mantis Wears World's Smallest 3D Glasses and Goes to the 3D Movies

Jenny Reads and other scientists from Newcastle University created the world's smallest 3D glasses (5mm overall) to investigate stereoscopic 3D vision of the praying mantis, which is the only insect known to see in three dimensions. Mrs Read' laboratory didn't elaborate about who paid for the microsopic movie tickets or the 2£ surcharge...

Watch the mantis watch a 3D movie in the video here under!

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]]> (admin) Research Projects Fri, 25 Apr 2014 23:03:04 +0200
Accurate 3D Face Reconstruction From DNA

A team of investigators led by Mark Shriver, an anthropologist at the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), announces the development of a new method for reconstructing a 3D model of a person's face, based on the analysis of their DNA material. This innovation could one day allow forensic experts to identify the face of a perpetrator based solely on a strand of hair left behind at the crime scene.

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Journalist Sara Reardon is on the right, her reconstructed face is on the left.
Images courtesy of Penn State University and New Scientist

]]> (admin) Research Projects Fri, 21 Mar 2014 23:07:35 +0100
Chinese Jiaolong Sub Gets 3D Vision

The Jiaolong submersible is China's deepest operating manned submarine. The interesting fact is that it is fitted with brand new 3D stereoscopic cameras devised by the SIOSOA institute (Hangzhou, China). Those cameras are able to spot undocumented marine species in the deepest waters.

The cameras snap a series of three-dimensional images to build up a composite image of sea creatures and allow researchers to accurately measure the dimensions of sea life without having to collect samples.

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]]> (admin) Research Projects Tue, 04 Mar 2014 17:00:00 +0100
Sperm is Alive and Well in its First 3D Movie

A team of European have developed a vision-based tracking system to help assess the viability of sperm used in in-vitro fertilization (IVF). This system is able to take 3D movies of the real-time movement and behavior of living sperm using a small camera and a special laser lighting set-up.

In addition to showing the movement and behavior of the sperm, the camera is able to provide 3D imaging of the sperm’s form and structure to detect potential infertility-causing anomalies, such as the “bent tail,” which prevents cells from swimming straight.

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]]> (admin) Research Projects Thu, 20 Feb 2014 17:00:00 +0100
Indiana Drone Goes 3D!

Academics at the University of Aberdeen (UK) and University of Bergen (Norway), are using remotely operated flying drones with 3D stereoscopic cameras to scan rock formations in remote areas in order to better understand what lies beneath the surface and improve understanding of subsurface reservoirs.

The drones consist of a gyroscopically stabilised body with up to eight rotors and carries two cameras which allow it to collect stereoscopic 3D imagery.

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Pciture by John Howell, University of Aberdeen 

]]> (admin) Research Projects Thu, 13 Feb 2014 20:00:00 +0100
A Chinese 3D Stereoscopic Camera Landed on the Moon

China’s ambitious lunar space exploration program achieved a stunning success on December 15, 2013when the countries inaugural Chang’e-3 lunar lander and its Yutu (Jade Rabbit in Chinese) rover beamed back portraits of one another snapped from the Moon’s surface – that also proudly displayed the brilliant red Chinese national flag shining atop an extraterrestrial body for the very first time in human history.

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Yutu seen from Chang'e-3 on the moon. Picture Credit: China Space

]]> (admin) Research Projects Mon, 23 Dec 2013 10:12:36 +0100
Gaia, One Billion $ One Billion Pixels 3D Camera

The European Space Agency (ESA) is sending the $1.2 billion Gaia mission to space to catalog a billion galaxies, stars, and planets in the next five years. The super resolution map of the sky will thus cost on dollar per star... With one billion pixels, the camera designed by Astrium is the largest digital camera ever built for a space mission.

The dual telescope will orbit around the L2 Lagrange point (which is located 1.5 million km from the Earth in the anti-Sun direction) and will scan the sky continuously with is super-huge CCD camera for five years. The main sensor is a mosaic of 106 credit-card size CCD devices (4500x1600 pixels each) with a total area around 0.5 x 1-meter (1.6 x 3.3-foot).

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Gaia's Focal Plane Assembly. The CCD is the red/blue/green mosaic rectangle; light comes from the right.

]]> (admin) Research Projects Thu, 19 Dec 2013 13:00:00 +0100
3D Theatrical Manoeuvres in the Dark

A super-sensitive camera is developed by Ahmed Kirmani at MIT labs that may one day change the way we shoot pictures in 3D. The new camera records photons from the scene one by one, meaning it can see in almost complete darkness. The new system is 100 times more sensitive than state-of-the-art LIDARs.

The new process uses existing photon-detector technology, but applies a new algorithm to extract the maximum possible information from each reading and assemble that info into a 3D model of the surroundings.

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]]> (admin) Research Projects Sun, 08 Dec 2013 18:32:01 +0100
MIT 3D Detection Camera is Able to See Transparent Objects

Three MIT students developed a 3D camera that could be used in medical imaging and collision-avoidance detectors for cars, and to improve the accuracy of motion tracking and gesture-recognition devices used in interactive gaming. Compared with Microsoft's Kinect the new device is a clear winner -at least outdoors- as it is not fooled by rain, fog, or even windows and translucent objects.

The camera was presented last week at Siggraph Asia in Hong Kong.

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]]> (admin) Research Projects Wed, 27 Nov 2013 21:34:01 +0100
Fourth Report on Stereoscopic Film Quality Released

Researcher Denis Sumin and his supervisor Pr. Dmitriy Vatolin from Lomonosov Moscow State University in Russia are leading a project on 3D stereoscopic movie quality assessment called VQMT3D (Video Quality Measurement Tool 3D).

The Lab decided to analyze several stereoscopic films and to investigate the potential reasons of headache and eyestrain often suffered by some moviegoers. The first two reports were focused on films captured with stereoscopic camera systems, and the main problems discovered during the film analysis were: excessive horizontal disparity, vertical disparity, color mismatch, and sharpness mismatch.

Report #4 of 6 has just been released on October 1st, 2013 (free access to all 3D professionals -see links here under). It covers excessive horizontal disparity, vertical disparity, color mismatch, and sharpness mismatch.

This incredibly acurate report contains a full frame-by-frame analysis with charts showing metric values. Here under you can see an example of vertical disparity from "Step Up Revolution".


]]> (admin) Research Projects Mon, 04 Nov 2013 17:00:00 +0100
3D Tongue-in-Cheek

The Seeing Speech project was funded by the Carnegie Trust and involved researchers from Glasgow, Queen Margaret, Strathclyde, Edinburgh and Aberdeen universities (all in Scotland, UK).

Three dimensional videos which show how tongues move during speech feature on the freshly published website, designed to help teachers, scientists, health experts and actors. The Seeing Speech website, created by a University of Glasgow-led team, includes tongue and vocal tract videos using ultrasound and MRI technology. The clips show the tongue's movement at full and half speed to allow for study.

Images recording is done by a combination of ultrasound imaging and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging).

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The Phoetics Scientists (Learn more about them)

]]> (admin) Research Projects Wed, 16 Oct 2013 12:00:00 +0200
Shot with 26,000 Feet Interaxial 3D Rig

Ryuko Kataoka from the National Institute of Polar Research (Tokyo, Japan) is using a stereoscopic pair of Nikon DSLR cameras to determine the altitute of northern lights in the scope of the Aurora research project. The unusual setup requires a very large interaxial distance between both cameras: 8 km (26,200 feet). Ryuho Kataoka got the idea for this innovative method to measure the height of sky features such as northern lights after working on a 3D movie for a planetarium.

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Since aurora borealis extend between 90 and 400 km in altitude, a very large interaxial distance is needed to see them in 3D, so Mr. Kataoka used two SDSLR cameras with fisheye lenses and GPS locators,separated by 8 km across the Chatanika area in Alaska. Simultaneous capture was ensuring through remote control and GPS clock. Triangulation methods were then used to compute the distance to the various objects in the picture. The altitude maps obtained by stereoscopic photography proved to be consistent with previous observations done by other methods.

kataoka 3D aurora borealis imagingAll-sky images of aurora borealis obtained from (left) Poker Flat and from (right) Aurora Borealis Lodge on March 17, 2013. Camera settings are ISO6400 and 2 s exposure time. The center of images is the zenith, geographic north is to the top, and west is to the right.

]]> (admin) Research Projects Mon, 09 Sep 2013 15:00:00 +0200
Third Report on Stereoscopic Film Quality Released

Researcher Denis Sumin and his supervisor Pr. Dmitriy Vatolin from Lomonosov Moscow State University in Russia are leading a project on 3D stereoscopic movie quality assessment called VQMT3D (Video Quality Measurement Tool 3D).

The Lab decided to analyze several stereoscopic films and to investigate the potential reasons of headache and eyestrain often suffered by some moviegoers. The first two reports were focused on films captured with stereoscopic camera systems, and the main problems discovered during the film analysis were: excessive horizontal disparity, vertical disparity, color mismatch, and sharpness mismatch.

Report #3 of 6 has just been released in August 2013 (free access to all 3D professionals -see links here under). Report #3 analyses in great details -literally image by image and pixel by pixel- specific 2D-to-3D conversion metrics such as edge sharpness mismatch and cardboard effect for the following movies: Alice in Wonderland, Clash of the Titans, Conan the Barbarian, Green Lantern, and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

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]]> (admin) Research Projects Fri, 30 Aug 2013 11:31:26 +0200
3D Shooting Through a Single Lens

Professor Kenneth Crozier and graduate student Anthony Orth, both at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (Cambridge, MA, USA) have developed a way for photographers and microscopists to create a stereoscopic 3D image through a single lens, without moving the camera.

This improbable-sounding technology relies only taking two pictures with different focus and handling them to a sophisticated algorithm. The method requires a reasonably large lens (i.e. a DSLR camera, not a smartphone one). Details and a short but impressive video demo here under.

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]]> (admin) Research Projects Tue, 06 Aug 2013 13:00:00 +0200
No-glasses 3D Tangible Interface Demonstrated

Researchers Takumi Kusano, Takehiro Niikura, and Takashi Komuro from the Komuro Laboratory (Saitama University, Japan) propose a virtually tangible 3D interaction system that enables direct interaction with 3D virtual objects which are presented on an autostereoscopic (glasses-free stereoscopic) display. Watch the demo here under.

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]]> (admin) Research Projects Tue, 30 Jul 2013 15:00:00 +0200
Watch 3D (with Glasses) and 2D (without glasses) at the Same Time

Researchers at the University of California Santa Cruz have developed a 3D display which can also be viewed in 2D without glasses, and without the blurred effect caused by overlapping images. Though, as you'd expect, the screen displays both left and right images, it also emits a mysterious third image which is the key to the technology.

How It Works

The projector displays alternatively three images every 1/120th of a second: left eye, right eye, and inverted right eye. Seen without any glasses, only the left image is perceived as the inverted right image cancels the "normal" right one.

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With the active stereoscopic 3D glasses however, only the left and right images are passing through and reach the eyes, allowing the viewer to perceive a normal stereoscopic image.

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]]> (admin) Research Projects Tue, 16 Jul 2013 13:28:14 +0200
Nasa TWINS Stereoscopic Spectrometers

Surrounding Earth is a dynamic region called the magnetosphere. Five years ago, on June 15, 2008, a new set of instruments began stereoscopic imaging of this mysterious region. Called Two Wide-angle Imaging Neutral-atom Spectrometers or TWINS, these satellites orbit in widely separated planes to provide the first and only stereo view of the ring current. TWINS maps the energetic neutral atoms that shoot away from the ring current when created by ion collisions.

In five years of operation, the TWINS maps have provided three-dimensional images and global characterization of this region. The observatories track how the magnetosphere responds to space weather storms, characterize global information such as temperature and shape of various structures within the magnetosphere, and improve models of the magnetosphere that can be used to simulate a vast array of events.

Since 2008, NASA’s two TWINS spacecraft have been providing a sterescopic view of the ring current -- a hula hoop of charged particles that encircles Earth. (Credit: J. Goldstein/SWRI)

]]> (b) Research Projects Mon, 01 Jul 2013 15:00:00 +0200
Holografika is hiring

Are you looking for a research job in the stereoscopic (and far beyond!) field? Holografika (Budapest, Hungary) is  looking for an Experienced Researcher fora research project for a 2-year period.

The open position is for an experienced researcher in the area of software design and implementation for 3D light-field displays at Holografika, for two years. The research project is an "European Commission Framework Program 7 Marie Curie Action" called PROLIGHT: Modern Signal Processing Methods for Ultra-Realistic Light-Field Displays.

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]]> (admin) Research Projects Mon, 13 May 2013 09:04:16 +0200
Results of the "Future of 3D Films" Survey

On November 17, 2012 we published a survey about "Future of 3D Films"conducted by UK students. Now, they are back with the results...

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]]> (admin) Research Projects Mon, 04 Mar 2013 23:28:53 +0100
Reach Inside your Computer with SpaceTop

SpaceTop is a new 3-D desktop developed by Jinha Lee and Cati Boulanger at MIT labs. It was demonstrated at the annual TED conference in Long Beach (California, USA) in February and attracted a lot of attention. This new way of interacting with a computer is combining a 3D interface with 3D gesture controls, a smart convergence that will likely become more common.

SpaceTop is a unique combination of a transparent display and 3D gesture detection algorithm collocates input space and stereoscopic rendering without tethering or encumbering users with wearable devices.

Watch the live demo here under.

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]]> (n) Research Projects Mon, 04 Mar 2013 13:00:00 +0100
My 3D Camera Reads Books Faster Than You

The Ishikawa Oku Laboratory from Tokyo University created an eye-blinking-fast "flipping book" scanner able to digest 250 pages per minute without any damage to the book.

A clever mechanism flips through pages at lightning speeds while a stereoscopic camera overhead snap detailed images of each double page at the perfect moment. Special software then flattens out the picture and turns it into a machine readable 400 dpi PDF (or other format) document. The slow motion video here under shows the beast in action.

Market availability expected sometimes in 2013.

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]]> (admin) Research Projects Wed, 30 Jan 2013 09:00:00 +0100
zSpace App Challenge for 3D Developpers

The zSpace App Challenge is a competition challenging the developer community to create new applications that take advantage of the zSpace platform.

Are you a Unity developer ready to build a compelling app for an emerging 3D technology (stereoscopic 3D not mandatory, but we support the idea, of course)?

Would you like to make $50 for simply participating in a contest?

The zSpace App Challenge organized by Infinite Z is challenging the developer community to create new applications that take advantage of the ‘zSpace’ platform. The Competition is intended to provide recognition to individuals for developing innovative apps that utilize the zSpace SDK and the Unity engine. By participating in the App Challenge, you will be granted access to a trial version of Unity Pro.

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]]> (admin) Research Projects Mon, 21 Jan 2013 11:00:00 +0100
Pairasight Open Source 3D Camera

Pairasight is a unique system from Pairasight (Pleasant lake, MI, USA) for adding stereo vision to almost anything, including glasses. The system includes a pair of 5 megapixels cameras and associated electronics in a very tight package. Initial prototypes are expected before Christmas 2013.

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]]> (admin) Research Projects Sun, 13 Jan 2013 21:16:18 +0100
Continental Semi-Autonomous Car Driven by 3D Camera

Google is not alone on the selt-driving car business. Now Continental ftted a 3D stereoscopic camera and various other sensors to a VW Passat car and let it go driverless on the Nevada roads. The 3D camera inside the rearview mirror is the same that will be fitted in the next generation of S-Class Mercedes.

In you are in Nevada, USA and see a car with a red registration plate, the guy in the driver seat may be playing cards or chatting on facebook.... Maybe in five years from now in your garage? Watch it in the video interview here under.

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]]> (admin) Research Projects Tue, 01 Jan 2013 12:11:39 +0100
Build Your Own Holographic Microscope for 250$

Holographic microscopes record the 3D shape of tiny objects in high resolution. In November 2012, Japanese researchers revealed how to build one using components that cost just $250.

To observe the volumetric aspect of a very tiny object, holograms are the way to go: You split a laser beam in two, use one as a reference beam and bounce the other off the sample to record the pattern of phase shifts that this produces using a digital camera. Recombining the beams produces an interference pattern (the hologram) that can be analysed to retrieve three-dimensional information about the sample in high resolution.

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]]> (admin) Research Projects Sat, 15 Dec 2012 17:07:28 +0100
"Future of 3D Films" Survey by UK Students

A couple of students from University of Salford (Manchester, UK) are conducting a survey on "The Future of Stereoscopic 3D".

Participation is free and anonymous. Try it and you may have a chance to see the agregated results on their blogs in a few months.

As Zororo Mubaya, one of them, said : "Sharon George and I are doing a Quantitative Research into the future of Stereoscopic 3D Film making. The aim is to gather information from responses through a survey questionnaire found here using statistics and be able to conclude whether Stereoscopic 3D is the future of Film making or not."

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]]> (admin) Research Projects Sat, 17 Nov 2012 14:55:15 +0100
Try the KAUST 3D Giant Display Wall with Gigapixel Pics

King Abdullah University of Sciences and Technology (KAUST, Saudi Arabia) is a five years old lab only but it hosts one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world. And KAUST connected the monster to one of the most impressive 3D screens you can dream of, made from two rows of 7 full HD 3D flat panels. The total number of color subpixels of the display wall amounts to 87,091,200. With 3D glasses and head tracking devices, you are able to navigate in real time inside gigapixel pictures taken with the KAUST modified Gigapan stereosocpic rig pictured here under.

Open House at KAUST: On Sunday October 14, 2012, the Visualization lab opens its doors to visitors. The session starts at 11:00 am and the tour of the facilities lasts up to 1:000pm. Don't miss this unique opportunity to discuss with staff members!

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]]> (admin) Research Projects Sun, 07 Oct 2012 16:00:00 +0200
3D Variable High Frame Rate Tested in Canada

On August 17-18th, 2012, staff from the S3D Centre (Vancouver, Canada) directed the first variable rate high frame rate (HFR) shoot ever.

"L'âme Soeur 3D" (Soul Mate 3D) is a dual short film / applied research project that takes full advantage of HFR technology. Shot on the RED Epics on a motorized Kernercam stereoscopic 3D rig in both standard and high frames rates, the movie uses the most recent advances in technology to investigate questions the S3D crew has  been studying for the past year:

  • If technology were capable of capturing and displaying a complete narrative that incorporates variable standard and high frame rates, what are the creative benefits/drawbacks of doing so?
  • Does the utilization of HFR as a ‘tool’ in this regard change the immersive experience for the viewer?

We suspect that the question of whether or not to utilize HFR in a stereoscopic 3D film within a narrative context depends largely on the creative intent of the film itself. 

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]]> (admin) Research Projects Mon, 17 Sep 2012 17:00:00 +0200
Interactive Autostereoscopic 3D Screen is Kind of Magic...

James Tompkin is a researcher at UCL (University College London, UK)and post-doc at Max Planck Institute. His interests are clearly in 3D stereoscopy. With several colleagues, he demonstrated what can be described as the grand-grand-son of SketchPad, the first interactive computer program ever demonstrated 48 years ago.

The device presented in the YouTube video here under is at the same time an autostereoscopic 3D display and a sensor surface able to acquire 3D movements of a light pen. Check yourself the 5-minutes video. Do not forget to revisit this web site in another 48 years for the next version...


]]> (admin) Research Projects Wed, 29 Aug 2012 10:00:00 +0200
Is Frontal Projection Autostereoscopic 3D Possible?

South Korea is a country showing a very strong interest in 3D stereoscopy. If any proof is needed, the recent publication by scientist Youngmin Kim from Seoul National University and his colleagues from three other South Korean institutions is titled "A frontal projection-ty three-dimensional display". 

"This is the first report that describes a frontal projection-type auto-stereoscopic display based on a parallax barrier and integral imaging by using a projector. Experimental results that support the proposed method are provided."

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]]> (admin) Research Projects Tue, 28 Aug 2012 14:00:00 +0200
This Guy is Paid to Work on a 200 Inches 3D Interactive Screen

Visualization pioneer Barco (Belgium) has teamed up with Rice University and AVI-SPL to develop its visualization wall at Rice’s Chevron Visualization Laboratory, allowing scientists to transform detailed data into 3D imagery.


  • Display size : 200 Inches.
  • Resolution : 7680 x 4320 pixels
  • 3D : 120 Hz with active glasses and head tracking

This visualization solution uses Barco’s OLS-521 3D stereoscopic video wall displaying data generated by Rice's first 3D visualization project, the Data Analysis and Visualization Cyber-Infrastructure for Computational Science and Engineering Applications (DAVinCI).

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]]> (admin) Research Projects Wed, 22 Aug 2012 17:00:00 +0200
Fully Automatic Stereo-to-Multiview Conversion

"Fully Automatic Stereo-to-Multiview Conversion in Autostereoscopic Displays" is the title of the paper that will presented by distinguished scientists (and long time readers of StereoscopyNews) Peter Kauff, Ralf Schafer, and colleagues from the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications Heinrich Hertz Institute (Frauhofer HHI, Berlin, Germany) on Sunday September 9, 2012 at IBC in Amsterdam.

The IBC organizing team announced today that the paper will receive the IBC2012 Best Conference Paper award. The award is recognizing the quality of the HHI research in the field of autostereoscopic software but also the clarity of the explanations on this very difficult to understand matter.

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]]> (admin) Research Projects Thu, 16 Aug 2012 20:02:13 +0200
The High Energy Stereoscopic System

The HESS (High Energy Stereoscopic System) telescope allows scientists to explore gamma-ray sources with intensities at a level of a few thousandths of the flux of the Crab nebula (the brightest steady source of gamma rays in the sky). H.E.S.S. is located in Namibia, near the Gamsberg mountain, an area well known for its excellent optical quality.

The first of the four telescopes of Phase I of the H.E.S.S. project went into operation in Summer 2002; all four were operational in December 2003, and were officially inaugurated on September 28, 2004. A much larger fifth telescope - H.E.S.S. II - is operational since July 2012, extending the energy coverage towards lower energies and further improving sensitivity (you get better images with two eyes).

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The largest of its kind, H.E.S.S. IIstands in the foreground of this photo.
Tilted horizontally it reflects the inverted landscape of the Namibian desert in a segmented
mirror 24 meters wide and 32 meters tall, equal in area to two tennis courts.

]]> (admin) Research Projects Wed, 15 Aug 2012 10:00:00 +0200
Single Lens Stereoscopic Endoscope

Wook Choi, Vladimir Rubtsov, and Chang-Jin Kim, researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA, USA) together with Gennady Segal from Intelligent Optical Systems (Torrance, CA, USA) have developed a novel 3-D imaging system built around a moveable single lens that may become part of the first single lens stereoscopic endoscope.

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]]> (admin) Research Projects Tue, 07 Aug 2012 14:00:00 +0200
Is Volumetric Imaging the Future of 3D?

A volumetric 3D display device projects 3D images directly into a true 3D volume in space that can be viewed by the naked eye without the need for any special 3D glasses. Viewers can walk around a 3D image, look at it from different angles, and get a realistic sense of depth, just as though they were looking at the real physical object. Such a 3D display provides both physiological and psychological depth cues to human viewers for truthfully perceiving objects in 3D space.

Dr. Jason Geng, scientist, IEEE member, and founder of Xigen 3D (Rockville, MD, USA) published a patent and created a working volumetric display prototype based on a DLP projector and a synchronised rotating double helix screen. A big XilinX Virtex 5 processor processes voxels at a rate of 150 Millions per second to drive the display. The actual display is black and white only but an improved full color version will be developed.

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]]> (admin) Research Projects Mon, 06 Aug 2012 16:00:00 +0200
Big day for the Farthest Away 3D Camera

Curiosity landed successfully on Mars today (Aug 6, 2012) so its two FFL Mastcams cameras will be able to shot Mars pictures in stereoscopic 3D. The two cameras have different characteristics, a not-so-ideal configuration, but NASA software will compensate in postproduction!

Curiosity, the first full-fledged mobile science laboratory sent to a distant world, touched down inside a vast impact crater on Mars on Sunday at 10:31 p.m. Pacific time (1:31 a.m. EDT on Monday or 0531 GMT on Monday). The landing marks the beginning of a two-year prime mission to investigate one of the most intriguing places on Mars. 

See details here under or follow the Mars mission on the NASA web site.

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]]> (admin) Research Projects Sun, 05 Aug 2012 22:20:53 +0200
Colloidal Film 3D Displays are Thinner than a Hair

Alexis Oyama (Carnegie Mellon University) is a researcher working on many strange displays.  This time, he teamed with Yoichi Ochiai (University of Tokyo) and Keisuke Toyoshima (University of Tsukuba) to create a tridimentional volumetric display made of colloidal film (read: Soap bubbles).

A series of transparent soap films stacked in front of each others display images, creating a volumetric rendering in space. The images in each transparent display is created by ultrasonic waves. The prototype is actually better at displaying abstract forms than HD TV pictures, but the result is nevertheless impressive, so the projet was selected to be featured at this month's SIGGRAPH 2012.

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]]> (admin) Research Projects Mon, 02 Jul 2012 12:00:00 +0200
Lab investigates 3D Stereoscopy Comfort Issues

iGO3D is a Canadian initiative founded one year ago in 2011. Its efforts will include investigative issues related to comfort, effectiveness, audio, and how the stereoscopic viewing experience impacts gameplay from both the player's and developer's perspectives.

Other aspects of iGO3D's mandate include development of a game test facility, further stereoscopic S-3D vision and auditory research with a view to establishing game design parameters and disseminating this information to Ontario's gaming industry through focused webinars and conferences.

Academic partners include UOIT, York University, the University of Waterloo, University of Western Ontario, and the Ontario College of Arts and Design University (OCADU). Industry partners include The S-3D Gaming Alliance (S3DGA), Electronic Arts Canada, Bedlam Games, Big Blue Bubble, Digital Extremes, Interactive Ontario and Junction VFX.

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]]> (admin) Research Projects Tue, 24 Apr 2012 22:27:11 +0200
2020 3D Media Project Results

The 2020 3D Media project, funded by the European Commission, showcases its main results at Fraunhofer HHI’s Time Lab in Berlin on February 13-14, 2012, in conjunction with the Berlinale 2012 Film Festival. During the open showcase event, the project’s experimental production short film, directed by Eric Joris, will be premiered. The film combines cutting-edge stereoscopic and immersive technologies developed in the project.


]]> (admin) Research Projects Mon, 13 Feb 2012 16:13:17 +0100
Princess Leia on your Living Room Table?

Japanese technology company Burton was showcasing its Aerial True 3D display at CES 2012. The display makes use of lasers to create a volumetric display in the air, just as the Princess Leia avatar in Star Wars. The laser ionizes molecules of oxygen and nitrogen of the air enough for them to emit light. Full HD and non-green colors seems to remain a few years in the future however.

The display is really done in volume and the 3D effect don't require any special glasses. Watch the CNET showcase video here under. This Sci-Fi display will be visible agoin at Imagina 2012 from 7 to 9 February 2012 in Monaco.

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Oscam kills 3D headaches

OSCAM stands for "optimized stereoscopic camera control for interactive 3D". A paper from Thomas Oskam working for ETH Zurich and Disney Research Zurich (Switzerland) has been published in ACM Transactions on Graphics. Available for 15$ (or 10$ for ACM members), the paper describes a realtime method that can be implemented in a graphics card and reduces the stereoscopic disparities to an acceptable level in real time for any 3D content on any 3D screen, be it small or IMAX-size.


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A Phd Thesis about Stereoscopy Needs your Input

Janne Taponen from the TUT university in finland is writing a thesis about 3D stereoscopic video capture artifacts. The emphasis on this thesis is to focus on how the content producers experience the various stereoscopic artifacts and to bring this knowledge to the academic world to hopefully direct the research done for stereoscopic artifacts and their mitigation to right direction.Janne initiated a survey for all persons involved in 3D. Just follow this link.


Research Projects Sat, 13 Aug 2011 18:47:06 +0200
IEEE Call for paper : "Special Issue on Emerging Techniques in 3D"

The IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing is preparing a special issue on "Emerging Techniques in 3D: 3D Data Fusion, Motion Tracking in Multi-View Video, 3DTV Archives and 3D Content Protection". The journal launched today a call for papers to be included inthat special issue. The submission of manuscripts has a deadline of 01 August 2011. Final versions of the papers are due for 01 March 2012.


Research Projects Tue, 19 Jul 2011 10:20:23 +0200
Telesurgery becomes reality thanks to stereoscopic remote vision

Telesurgery, or Remote controlled robotic surgery is a breakthrough surgical technology which raises the bar of surgical management. The Da Vinci robotic system is made up of 3 main components: a surgeon’s console; a patient-side robotic cart with 4 arms manipulated by the surgeon (one to control the camera and three to manipulate instruments); and a high-definition stereoscopic 3D visual system that allows the surgeon to see the operative field in stereoscopic vision.


]]> Research Projects Fri, 24 Jun 2011 19:56:03 +0200 The 3DIIM European cluster has a new web site The 3D, Immersive, Interactive Media (3DIIM) Cluster is the main umbrella structure embracing projects funded by the European Commision to develop joint strategic goals towards 3D, Immersive and Interactive Media in the context of future Internet. The 3DIIM Cluster provides international contact and information about project activities.


Research Projects Tue, 21 Jun 2011 15:01:06 +0200