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December 11, 2009

Ted Papoulas Underwater Photography

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Underwater and stereoscopic 3D photography exhibit by Ted Papoulas at Park Slope Wine shop Picada Y Vino, December 2009 through January 2010. Proceeds from all print and View-Master sales will be donated to the Gowanus Canal Conservancy.

Opening Reception
Sunday, December 13, 2009, 7:30pm to 9pm

Picada Y Vino
327 Fifth Avenue (@ 3rd Street), Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 11215

"At the opening I hope to present the release of a signed and numbered limited edition view-master reel of seven of my favorite stereoscopic underwater images, if the reels arrive in time (they are due in on Friday). Only 50 were produced and will be sold along with a viewer in a signed and numbered box featuring an anaglyphic print of the turtle on the front. 3D fans should know that most of the images in the show are traditional flat prints, but there are a few anaglyphs hung as well and, only for the opening reception, I will have several 3D underwater images displayed in rotation on the new FUJI Finepix Real 3D V1 digital frame." -- Ted Papoulas

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December 15, 2009

New 3D Camera Sets Record for Number of Lenses: 158

Certified as a record holder by the Guinness Book, Yojiro Ishino of the Nagoya Institute of Technology in Japan created, along with his students, this mammoth camera back in August to photograph and study flames.

The 158 lenses are encased in a 18.5-inch aluminum arc frame. Imagine the lenticulars you could make from that! The goal is to discover more efficient ways of burning fuel for engines. For more information, go here.

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New 3D Website for Photo Sharing — Start 3D

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While going through the messages at the Fuji3D Yahoo group, I came across this new website devoted to sharing your 3D photos with the world, Start 3D. They offer several methods of presenting your stereo pairs, a slow wobble animation they call Piku-Piku, red/cyan, yellow/blue, parallel and cross view. They also accept .MPO files directly from the Fuji W1.

Knowledgeable people have been debating recently about how the future of personal digital 3D will evolve. There is talk of 3D becoming "mainstream" referencing 3D movies, like the high profile Avatar, 3D gaming and the Fuji W1.

My view is that 3D will never become "mainstream" but it can greatly expand its niche. It's sorta like Apple's 5 per cent market share (we all know who the cool kids are). And I think it will be 3D-capable photo sharing sites like Start 3D that bring personal 3D to the greatest number of people world wide.

December 18, 2009

3D in Your Home: Blu-ray 3D Specs are Finalized; Apple Patent for 3D 'Hyper-Reality' Displays

PC Mag reports that 3D specifications have been finalized for Blu-ray HD discs. In other 3D display news MacRumors.com just revealed that Apple filed a patent application (in June 2008) for a 3D display with the ability to track the users' location and shift the 3D view as the user moves his head (with characteristic understatement Apple calls this Hyper-Reality).

"From a technological perspective, it is simply the best available platform for bringing 3D into the home," said Benn Carr, chairman of the Blu-ray Disc Association's 3D Task Force, in a statement. "The disc capacity and bit rates Blu-ray Disc provides enable us to deliver 3D in Full HD 1080p high definition resolution." The Blu-ray 3D spec will deliver full HD 1080p resolution to both eyes. 3D graphic features will also be possible, with interactivity taking on a new 3D quality for menus and subtitles.

The first DVD players and displays with this capability are expected to reach the US market in 2010. . .in time for the home video release of Avatar? Of course, patent filings only tell us what's going in Apple R&D and are not necessarily indicators that they will bring such a display to market.

Below are two illustrations from the filing. The bottom image shows another aspect of Apple's concept: in the case of 2D windows stacked on top of each other, a tilt of your head would slide the hidden ones into view.

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December 29, 2009

3D in 2010 and Beyond: Thomson Reuters Report on Patent Applications

The good folks over at Thomson Reuters have done an analysis of global patent applications and by their reckoning 3D is comin' at ya in a big way and soon!

Three areas showing a great upswing in patent activity are 3D television (Ralph Kramden's long-delayed desire may finally come true*); 3D digital photography and 3D cinema (projection systems & specialized glasses).

Here's the link to the complete PDF report.

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*In a classic Honeymooner's sketch "TV or not TV" originally aired on October 1, 1955, Alice wants Ralph to buy a TV so she can watch Liberace. Ralph's reply is that he's "waiting for 3D TV" before he'll buy a set.

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