Backward-Compatible Stereo 3D LicensedCategory: Science & Technology
Posted: August 22, 2012 10:14AM
More and more movies and video games are being made for 3D displays that add that previously missing dimension. To enjoy this media though, you have to have special displays and often special glasses, but be careful to keep those glasses on, or both of your eyes will pick up the images meant for only one. That may be changing soon thanks to Backward-compatible Stereo 3D, a technology from the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, the Computer Science department at Saarland University, and Telecom ParisTech that has been licensed to TandemLaunch Technologies.
Stereo 3D works by displaying different images for the left and right eye, which our binocular vision combines to create a 3D effect. The disparity of these two images is key to creating the effect though, and typically binocular disparity is used, which relies on the different viewing angles by the eyes. The researchers decided to carefully examine how the brain responds to this disparity and other depth cues.
What they found is the minimum disparity required to create the 3D effect, which, as you can see in the image, is almost free of artifacts. TandemLaunch Technologies, a Canadian company that turns multimedia inventions into consumer products, hopes to use their new license for the technology to create 3D televisions that anyone can enjoy with and without special glasses (though obviously those without the glass will only see a 2D image).