NICT and JVC Kenwood have come together to create an extreme display that’s being touted as the world’s largest full-HD 3D display, that offers views from 57 differetn angles.
“This display lets you watch video from 57 different angles. And no matter which angle you’re viewing from, you can see a Full High Definition resolution image. With an ordinary display, the viewing range is basically around 180 degrees, but with this one, it’s 13 degrees, which is very narrow. But within that range, for example if you look from the right edge, and from the left, you can see the picture from different angles. So for example, if you’re looking at a square box, you can see the sides at well.”
This is something similar to what Alioscopy and others in their displays, but it’s the first time I’m aware of someone doing it with projectors. But 57 projectors? I can’t even imagine the calibration nightmares of such a setup. Once it’s all setup however, I’m sure it’s amazing to watch and would be perfect for something like a display showroom. Check out the video below.
projectiondesign has a new projector out, offering 1920×1200 resolution in active 3D stereo with DLP up to 7500 lumens.
The new F35 AS3D is the world’s highest resolution single chip 3D DLP® projector at full 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution. No interlacing or other picture compression technologies. Said simply, it is the only single chip DLP projector that actually keeps its high resolution in 3D, displaying even the most graphically challenging and complex applications in stunning 3D.
So, “Virtual Reality” may not be quite the right term for this for it’s an impressive college design project. Combining a pico projector with a head-tracking camera, they’re able to use the user’s head as an input device and display computer output on the screen in front of them, and they managed to hook it up to some mainstream apps like flight simulations and military FPS sims.
In this video, our group of three ECE students (two software engineers and one power systems engineer) made a project that allows for a more immersive gameplay environment. Your head, tracked via the webcam using face-tracking software, can be used as a control input to various computer games which allows for different gameplay experiences. The motorized projector moves along with your head to give you a view angle at all times.
Take one beefy PC, one GTX590, three 3D-capable high-resolution projectors, and some patience, and what do you get? An impressive triple-display projected screen running at 3840×720. Not extreme resolution, but massive size.
The final result looks like it would be a blast to play, but my personal preference would be to see some blending in the edges instead of simple transition. See his creation in the video below.
JVC is introducing a new projector, called the DLA-VS2100U D-ILA, at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) this week in Orlando, specially designed for simulation environments and visualization applications. It’s the usual stuff, 1920×1080 resolution and 20,000:1 contrast ratio, but it has this new ‘anti-smear reduction’ mode that sounds interesting.
A key new feature is an anti-smear reduction mode, which reduces image smearing during fast-motion scenes through frame insertion or black frame insertion. In addition, a new color management system enables users to match color primaries to other projectors. The DLA-VS2100U is also more compatible with software genlock synchronization used in some simulation environments, and it offers Ethernet connectivity, in addition to RS-232, for network-based monitoring and projector control.
It ships with a 1.4-2.8:1 zoom lens, and should be available in march.
The Human Media Lab has some rough plans on how to build your own rudimentary spherical display using a short-throw projector, half-sphere convex mirror, and some cleverly utilized webcams.
Our spherical display prototype is a low cost, easy to build setup that can be constructed in a short time with easily available parts. The sphere detects touches using a diffused illumination (http://wiki.nuigroup.com/Diffused_Illumination) approach to multi-touch sensing, a popular approach in the DIY community. To project over the entire surface of the sphere a projector is pointed at a half sphere convex mirror mounted at the top of the sphere . This mirror also allows the infrared camera to sense touches at any location on the sphere.
They couple it with the open-source ‘Community Core Vision’ project and a modified Screen Capture plugin to put the entire desktop of a Mac system on the sphere and allow some basic multi-touch interaction. You can see some use cases in the video below. (Unfortunately, it’s a very low-quality video but you get the point).
Christie is coming out with a new dual-lamp projector that opens a world of stereoscopic 3d projection at an impressive 6,300 lumens. It supports dual-link DVI at full 300Mhz bandwidth, and can support three different types of stereo:
Frame-locked passive stereo converted to active stereo at 120Hz
It is a tiny 10.2 x 19.7 x 22.1 inches and only 55 lbs, making it one of the smallest stereo-capable projectors worth owning.
“Christie has built a global reputation as a pioneer in the field of 3D, from the world’s first 3D active stereo 3-Chip DLP projector in 2001 to today’s cutting edge 3D digital cinema technology,” said Zoran Veselic, Vice-President of Christie’s Visual Environments. “Our proven expertise lies behind the development of the Christie Mirage WU7K-M, whose stereoscopic image quality and reproduction consistently exceed expectations.”
A new press release from Sony announced an agreement that will bring their 4K Digital Cinema projectors into AMC and Regal Entertainment cinemas across the US.
“We believe digital cinema enables the future for our industry, as it provides us versatility and delivers our guests a better entertainment experience,” said Gerry Lopez, president and CEO of AMC. “Sony’s 4K digital systems take the customer experience to the next level. We are proud to install their systems in our circuit.”
These 4K projectors will help to continue the rollout of the growing 3D cinema fad powered by RealD technology. With both a Regal and an AMC theater near me, I know I’m excited to see them after the upgrade!
Svenja Kubler of Lichtfront sends in a video to their latest installation “Passagen 2010″, what they call an “Augmented Sculpture”. To watch it at first you may think it’s CG or LCD panels, but you’ld be wrong: It’s projected onto a physical sculpture.
we did it with 4 projectors, placed around the object. The graphics were done in AfterEffects. We worked in a composition that was cutted into the 4 output movies at the end. Then we played the 4 videos on 2 computer, synchronised by a vvvv patch.
Fun to watch, and impressive. See the video below.
Digital Video Enterprises has launched a new telepresence tool called the ‘DVE Immersion Room’, which combines a 120-inch protected screen with webcameras and video streaming to split a conference room across two locations, while maintaining the feel of all being in the same room.
The 120 inch seamless screen doubles as a data visualization environment (or the ultimate home theater). For corporate presentations the screen is capable on integrating content from CAD/CAM, Power Point, medical informatics, and/or video and displaying up to 9 foot volumetric images across the screen. While the images are technically 2D, because they float in thin air with shading, reflection, and movement they appear 3-D. The Christie HD8K projector is capable of 120 fields per second which is enough horsepower to do true 3D with LCD shutter glasses so you could even screen Avatar for your friends.
It is also an Open Platform for any camera/codec capable of 16:9 resolution (which these days, what isn’t?) If you’re interested, you can visit the co-founders Dr. Steve McNelly and Jess Jeffrey Machtig, at the Inter-Company Telepresense and Videoconferencing Conference & Working Group in Reston, Virginia April 22nd.
Check out this video demonstration.
I remember hearing about this type of setup back in college, but it was in combination with an autostereoscopic display for “true” 3D and multiple viewers.
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