updated 11:10 am EST, Mon March 15, 2004
Kodak 3D imaging
today announced its new 3D technology that allows video-game players, scientists and others to visualize 3D images without glasses or headgear. Kodak's Stereoscopic Imaging Display system produces a wide field of view by creating a virtual image of two high-resolution LCD displays for each eye, offering reduced eyestrain found in other autostereographic systems, a "sweet spot" viewing, and 1280x1024 resolution. Kodak says the 3D stereo image ideal for oil and gas exploration, molecular and chemical modeling, computer-aided design, entertainment and gaming, etc.
"Unlike other 3D imaging systems, which rely on a barrier screen placed over an existing monitor, the Kodak display is an entirely new concept," said Lawrence Henderson, a VP and director at Kodak. "Kodak's Stereoscopic Imaging Display system maintains full image resolution and creates a very wide field of view. The display brings a new level of realism to the 3D visual experience, capitalizing on Kodak's extensive research and development."
Kodak says that users peer into two "floating balls of light" that provide each eye a view of a magnified image of a display. The combination of the wide field of view and virtual image eliminates the sources of eyestrain found in other autostereoscopic systems. The desktop display has a field of view that measures 45 degrees by 36 degrees, while the user peers through a large, 32 mm viewing pupils that gives the viewer the feeling of floating in a movie theater about 1.5 screen heights away from the screen. The scale of this system can be adjusted to increase or reduce the display resolution to meet various applications.
The system uses Ball Lens Technology, the first initiative from Kodak's New Business Ventures Group, which is responsible for commercializing break-through technology developed by the company's Research & Development organization, according to the company. Kodak says it is currently seeking partners and early-stage customers for the system, and will provide licenses to the technology for integration into third-party products and systems.
Kodak (Booth No. 1514) will showcase a commercial prototype of its Stereoscopic Imaging Display system at the Exhibitor Show 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada as well as at the upcoming Game Developers Conference in San Jose, California, March (Booth No. 944).