Holographic display specialists Holografika will showcase a new glasses free 3D cinema system at next week’s Siggraph.
The futuristic sounding HoloVizio C80 uses light-field technology to produce a real 3D view. Multiple viewers can ‘look around’ objects on the 3.2m x 1.8m reflective screen and, unlike lenticular technology, does not suffer the problems of ‘viewing cones’. Siggraph visitors will see a range of 3D images and live 3D videos as well as get the chance to interact with 3D applications.
Holografika is working to provide both camera-recorded and 3D/3D converted wide baseline light-field content for future glasses-free 3D cinema in the framework of various EU projects. In the current Emerging Technology demo, the work developed in a collaboration with Fraunhofer HHI in the MUSCADE European FP7 project will be presented: a generic method for capturing and rendering live 3D footage for 3D displays.
The 3D projection engine is based on compact LED modules optimised for the purpose, delivering 1800 Cd/m2 on-screen brightness. 3D resolution is 63 Megapixels and the maximum viewing angle is 40 degrees. Holografika technology is based on voxels (the 3D equivalent of pixels) emitting light beams of different intensity and colour to the various directions. A light-emitting surface composed of these voxels acts as a digital window or hologram and will be able to show 3D scenes undoubtedly being 3D. Unlike two image stereoscopic displays, there is no contradiction between eye focussing and convergence and the 3D view can be seen in the entire field of view given. There is also no head tracking required to allow people to look around objects.
The Siggraph exhibition demonstrates 3D image generation and display based on sparse multi-camera input. The system’s generic multi-view-plus-depth (MVD) representation can serve as a future 3DTV format, in line with MPEG’s efforts in 3DTV.
Tibor Balogh, CEO said: ”We were amazed on the viewer’s excitement of the 3D cinema in Europe and Asia, the visually striking effect of the large glasses-free 3D image. As for the home platform, the advent of glasses-free 3D television and home theaters are foreseen, this will set the course for the future cinema technology. Hollywood is pioneering in the 3D cinema move, this is the right place for the US debut of HoloVizio Cinema for the guys here.”
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