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President Obama Enjoys 3-D Theatre Inside the White House

President Obama wears 3-D glasses in White House Theatre

The White House theatre is equipped to show 3-D films as shown in this photo with President Obama and others wearing their paper 3-D glasses.

According to Lawrence Kaufman. the photo is from the "Monstrous 3-D Event" during Super Bowl XLIII on Feb. 1, 2009 on NBC. Those are Intel branded ColorCode 3-D glasses. There are other photos taken during 3-D screenings at the White House.
On May 25, 2012 there was a 3-D screening of Men in Black 3. It would appear
it was viewed with Dolby 3-D glasses.

Men in Black 3 3-D screening at the White House.

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13th Annual Los Angeles 3-D Movie Festival is Dec. 8 to 11

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3-D SPACE is pleased to announce the schedule for the 13th Annual Los Angeles Movie Festival, taking place Dec. 8 to 11, 2016.

The festival opens on Thursday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. with the World Premiere of the restored 1960 3-D feature film, September Storm at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica. The program begins with the 3-D stop-motion animated short The Adventures of Sam Space, which accompanied September Storm on its original release in 1960 under the title Space Attack. Discussion will follow the feature with actor Asher Dann, Bob Furmanek of the 3-D Film Archive and Eric Kurland of 3-D SPACE.

The LA 3-D Movie Festival continues at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9 at the Velaslavasay Panorama in Los Angeles, with an evening of 3-D Rarities from the 3-D Film Archive, including the U.S. Premiere of the 1954 British 3-D film Harmony Lane . Harmony Lane never before been seen in its native 3-D. There will also be a look at some of the other 3-D Rarities that have been rescued and restored by the 3-D Film Archive, with Bob Furmanek in attendance to talk about how he finds and preserves these lost stereoscopic motion picture treasures.

On Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10 and 11, the festival returns to its home at the Downtown Independent Theatre in Los Angeles for two full days of programming, starting with the 57th Hollywood International Stereo Photography Exhibition, followed by Block 1 of International 3-D short films. The LA 3-D Club will host its holiday party at the theatre on Saturday evening, followed by a special live 3-D multimedia performance, Spontaneous Fantasia, by interactive artist J-Walt. Sunday's screenings include a block of 3-D Student Films curated by Shannon Benna of Stereo Sisters, Block 2 of 3-D Short Films, Tenderness, an independent 3-D feature film from Poland, and more to be announced.

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Stereoscopic Displays and Applications Conference is Scheduled for Jan. 29 through Feb. 2, 2017

SDA logoSD&A 2017 Advance Program Announced
The advance program for the 2017 Stereoscopic Displays and Applications conference is now available online.

There is a full three day program with lots of stereoscopic delights on offer – 37 technical presentations including two keynote presentations, demonstration session, 3-D Theatre, and much more.

This year there is a special joint session “Visualization Facilities” with sister conference The Engineering Reality of Virtual Reality. In this session you can hear from visualization facilities at university campuses around the world about special aspects of stereoscopic 3-D and VR research.

SD&A will run for 3 days over Monday through Wednesday January 30 to February 1 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport Hotel, which is a short shuttle trip from San Francisco Airport.

SD&A is held as part of the IS&T Electronic Imaging (EI) Symposium, which runs Sunday through Thursday Jan. 29 through Feb. 2. The EI Symposium continues to be the premier meeting for the latest research covering all aspects of electronic imaging, from image sensing to display and hardcopy to machine vision. More than 1,000 delegates are expected to attend the symposium.

SD&A 2017 Keynote Speakers
On Monday Jan. 29, David Chavez from zSpace Inc. (USA) will discuss the application of their high-quality desktop 3-D display system in the education market. The talk makes a case for the broad value of a system of 3-D and VR on the user's desk.

On Wednesday Feb. 1, Tim Macmillan and David Newman from GoPro Inc. (USA) will discuss “360° 3-D Capture - Meeting the Need in VR”. Tim Macmillan’s short technical presentation at the 2016 SD&A conference has been hugely popular with almost 3,000 views YouTube.

Registration for SD&A 2017
Plan now to attend the 28th annual Stereoscopic Displays and Applications conference (SD&A 2017). Registration information is available online.

Registration for SD&A 2017 allows you access to the full SD&A conference – plus the full Electronic Imaging Symposium which includes:

  • 18 technical conferences with many joint sessions
  • Three Plenary sessions
  • Keynote speakers
  • 3D Theatre session
  • Symposium Demonstration session
  • Industry Exhibition
  • Interactive Paper (Poster) session
  • 24 short courses (separate fee payable for short courses)
  • Monday reception event

SD&A 3-D Theatre Session – Call for Submissions
The 3-D Theatre session at the annual SD&A conference is one of the most popular sessions. This session showcases the wide range of 3-D content being produced around the world. The SD&A 2017 3-D Theatre session will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday Jan. 30, the first day of the conference. An illustrated listing of content from years past is available online.

If you are a 3-D content producer, or have recently worked on a 3-D production and can help obtain permission, please consider submitting your work. The organizers accept a wide range of 3-D content, from studio blockbusters to industrial applications to student productions. Content should be tightly edited and well-produced. The due date for 3-D content submission is Dec. 23, 2016. Content contributors should contact 3dsubmission@about3d.info.

Call for EI/SD&A Demonstrations
Each year at the SD&A conference a special session allows authors to demonstrate their work to the conference attendees. A wide range of stereoscopic equipment, software and concepts have been on show over the years allowing you to experience the demonstrations with your own two eyes.

SD&A conference presenters have recently been emailed inviting them to participate in the demonstration session. Registrations to exhibit at the EI/SD&A Demonstration Session are due Dec. 15. The form is available online.

The EI 2017 Poster
IS&T have created a poster for the Electronic Imaging 2017 Symposium that you can download, print and pin up on your noticeboard (yes, we understand this technology still exists in many locations). The poster also contains details about the IS&T student support program.

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iPhone 7 Plus Can Take 3-D Photos with Help from an App

The iPhone 7 Plus camera offers many features not available on the standard 4.7-inch model, but the popular third-party camera app ProCam 4 is using the phone’s dual cameras to produce 3-D-like images.

Known as ‘wigglegrams’ the images work by exploiting the slight difference in perspective between the phones two lenses to create a stereoscopic image. The iPhone doesn’t have a 3-D display, so the stereoscopic effect is created by rapidly alternating between the left and right images, creating the illusion of a small amount of movement and tricking the brain into perceiving the image as 3-D.

The app works this way. When you click the shutter there are two overlapping photos displayed. You align them manually by dragging one image on top of the other until the main subject of your image is aligned in both pictures. This allows the subject of your wigglegram to stay mostly still, while the background and other objects move from side-to-side as the wigglegram wiggles.

The app gives you the option to save the wigglegram as a GIF, JPEG + GIF or as a Video + GIF, allowing you to share it on a variety of platforms while retaining the 3-D illusion. It is not known if you can save the individual left right stereo pairs.

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Auction Results

Babe Ruth stereoview

A Babe Ruth stereoview sold for $1,200 with 1 bid. The 1930s original Keystone stereoview shows Babe Ruth posing in front of the dugout at spring training. The card is numbered "32598" and bears the caption "Babe Ruth, King of Swat, at St. Petersburg, Florida."

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