Fujifilm has made its first overseas introduction of the "Fujifilm 3-D Print System", which offers an instant printout of high-quality and natural 3-D photographs, to the "Universal Studios Singapore" theme park that soft-opened at Sentosa Island, Singapore, on March 18, 2010.
Amidst growing global interest in 3-D technology following the launch of 3-D television / PCs and screening of 3-D movies, the latest theme park directed its attention to a commemorative 3-D photo service, resulting in the system's introduction this time.
Fujifilm Singapore Pte. Ltd. has entered into an official imaging partner agreement with Southeast Asia's first integrated resort "Resorts World Sentosa", tapping into the company's broad know-how in photography to provide a range of services including ride photos and studio photos at Universal Studios Singapore and other facilities.
The 3-D photo service, made available with the introduction of the Fujifilm 3-D Print System, is offered at "The Dark Room" photo studio in Universal Studios Singapore. An image captured in the 3-D mode is combined with a template featuring Woody Woodpecker and other popular animation characters, and output as a 3-D print on site. The result is a holiday photo with a natural 3-D feel that captures fun moments at the theme park more realistically than ever before.
The Fujifilm 3-D Print System can easily produce high-quality and natural 3-D prints from images captured with a 3-D digital camera. The compact system combining a printer and computer was developed in February this year as an easy-installation system that enables 3-D photo services at tourism destinations, theme parks, event venues and leisure facilities.
Fujifilm plans to further expand worldwide deployment of the 3-D Print System in a continued drive to offer printing services of high added value.
Sony electronics is really pushing 3-D technology in the home, with its 3-D TVs and 3-D video games and movies. This week it brought more dimensionality into the electronics market by announcing a new crop of 3-D pocket cameras, the DSC-TX9 and DSC-WX5.
Sony calls these cameras the “world’s smallest” in the 3-D space and says they can take three-dimensional panoramic images with a new technology, Sweep Panorama. This allows camera owners to press the shutter button on the camera and move across a panoramic scene to create extensive, captivating photos, Sony says.
But there’s a catch with these cameras; although all the photos can be viewed as normal 2-D images on any traditional surface, you need a 3-D television and the appropriate 3-D glasses to see the images pop off the screen.
The two cameras also have a 12.2 megapixel sensor, can record HD video and offer a range of new technologies, including “background defocus,” which can give the image more depth and “superior auto mode,” which can offer crisper images than other point-and-shoot cameras.
Both cameras are expected to be available by late September, and will cost between $300 and $400.
You know how when you're watching a 3-D movie, sometimes it feels like you could just reach out and grab the images that are popping out? Thanks to researchers, now you actually can.
The University of California, San Diego is working on a project called Heads-Up Virtual Reality (HUVR) that literally simulates the sensation of reaching out to a 3-D projection of an image and being able to touch and feel it.
The key piece of technology is a special touch sensor that emits feedback to the user's hand and is able to manipulate it into feeling like the actual object that is being displayed. The 3-D images themselves, though, can be projected on something as ordinary as a Samsung 3-D TV.
Prototypes of this kind of technology have been popping up over the last decade, but every other one requires a very specific and very expensive set-up. UCSD researchers, however, are trying to make it more accessible.
The HUVR project is currently only being focused on professional applications, such as doctors who want to "physically" manipulate an MRI scan, or historians that want to examine precious documents without contaminating the paper.
Here is another new poster for Resident Evil: Afterlife 3-D. The film is slated for a September 2010 release. This one has a blue background and broken glass falling around actress Milla Jojovich.
RealD Inc, the global licensor of 3-D technologies, has raised $200 million from its initial public offering.
The company sold 12.5 million shares at $16 each, much above the expected range of $13 to $15.
Shares of RealD were up 22 percent above their initial public offering price on the Friday following the opening at $19.55 before settling around $20.
This is the first time a company that licenses 3-D technology used in projection systems and consumer electronics has gone public.
RealD expects to pay off some debt and provide capital for future investments with the proceeds.
RealD’s clients are major theatre chains like AMC, Cinemark and Regal, which use RealD digital projectors and glasses for showing 3-D movies.
The company charges a per-attendee license fee to those chains to use its technology, which is currently installed on more than 6,000 movie screens.
Nelson Tyler invented the Tyler Camera Mount in the late 1950's. This invention allowed motion picture filming from a helicopter when using a camera attached to this mount. In recognition of his accomplishment, he was later presented with a Scientific and Engineering Award from the Academy of Motion Pictures, for the progressive development and improvement of the Tyler helicopter camera platform. In addition, he more recently received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.
Today, the Tyler Middle Mount II and Nose Mount II are the most common and versatile helicopter camera system worldwide with more than 30 dealers in a dozen countries. The Middle Mount II (aka "Side Mount") enables a panorama of angles visible from the side of the helicopter, and gives the option of using almost any camera, lens, filters and other accessories of your choice. Combined with Tyler's Gyro-Assist, the Middle Mount II becomes even steadier, allowing for smoother and tighter shots. The Tyler Nose Mount II offers a forward-looking point of view with remote tilt (down and up). The Nose Mount II (aka "Belly Mount") is the ideal platform for establishing and reveal shots, using a wide-angle lens. Tyler's Super Nose Mount will accept any camera format including 3-D.
The Tyler Mounts are most frequently used in Eurocopter Astar or Twinstar helicopters, and Bell 206, 206L and 407. Other helicopter options include Bell Huey, McDonnel Douglas MD-500 and Eurocopter BO-105 and BK-117.
Tyler Camera Systems is located in Van Nuys, California.
Michelle Obama used this year's luncheon for the National Design Award winners to sing the praises of those who push boundaries, or outright ignore them. Each guest attending the luncheon found a plastic View-Master® at their seat loaded with slides of the design winners' creations.
With cool jazz playing in the White House foyer and lobster carpaccio on the East Room tables, the first lady celebrated the award winners as "folks whose work has literally changed the way we look at the world and how we live our daily lives."
Mrs. Obama got a big laugh when she told the luncheon guests: "All of you have spent your lives pushing boundaries, we know a little bit about pushing boundaries, or just outright ignoring them altogether."
And she got a special kick out of being seated for lunch next to Tim Gunn from the television show Project Runway.
"How cool!" she declared.
The award winners included Rodarte, a sister-team of fashion designers whose creations the first lady has worn on several occasions in recent years. But for Wednesday's luncheon, the first lady chose a hot pink outfit by Isabel Toledo with a V-neck top, drapes of fabric at the waist and loose flowing pants.
The awards are presented by the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.
Mrs. Obama called the winners "some of our country's most talented, most visionary, most public-minded designers."
The winners have been honored at the White House each year since 2000, but Mrs. Obama has changed the dynamic by trying to involve the next generation of creators and innovators. Before the luncheon, design winners and finalists met with more than 400 local high school students at a "Teen Design Fair," where the young people could find out how the design superstars, and Gunn, got their start.
"You guys did something amazing," Mrs. Obama said of the teen event. "You really raised the bar. Far too few young people in this country have access to programs and opportunities like the one we did today," she said. "Even those who live just minutes from our great museums and cultural centers may feel like these resources are beyond their reach."
Panasonic has announced the launch of the Panasonic HDC-SDT750, the world's first consumer 3-D digital camcorder, which includes a 3-D conversion lens that enables the camcorder to shoot 3-D video content. Toshiba released the first 3-D consumer camcorder, but it was not digital.
The Panasonic SDT750 is a user-friendly consumer 3-D camcorder that makes experiencing 3-D at home easy and affordable. In addition to shooting 3-D, the SDT750 can record full 1080p High Definition (HD) in AVCHD, when the 3-D conversion lens is unattached, and includes powerful features such as a 3MOS system, a Leica Dicomar lens and a 12x optical zoom.
"As a result of research conducted through Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory, Panasonic developed a professional 3-D system camera and successfully brought high-quality Full HD 3-D images to the home for viewing on Panasonic VIERA Full HD 3-D televisions. But now, Panasonic has taken it one step further and developed the world's first consumer digital 3-D camcorder, the HDC-SDT750, creating a 3-D ecosystem available for consumers in the home," said Chris Rice, Senior Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. "Incorporating Panasonic's professional broadcast technology and bringing it to an easy-to-use consumer model, the SDT750 makes high-quality 3-D video content a reality in the home."
To shoot 3-D video with the Panasonic HDC-SDT750 camcorder, the user needs to attach the 3-D conversion lens that comes included, to record dynamic images. The specially-designed 3-D conversion lens records right-eye and left-eye images simultaneously through its two lenses, thus resulting in video that can be viewed in 3-D. The right and left images (each with 960 x 1080 pixels) that enter through the lenses are recorded using the side-by-side method.
The Panasonic SDT750 features a Time Lapse Recording feature, which plays a scene such as a sunset or a blooming flower at an accelerated speed, similar to a fast-forward. By setting the recording interval to 1 second, 10 seconds, 30 seconds, 1 minute or 2 minutes, the user can view an otherwise long recording in a reduced time period. For example, when a scene is recorded at the 1-second interval setting, a 10-minute sunset scene can be played back in approximately 10 seconds, making the slow change in the subject appear as if it were taking place in a very short time. This interval recording feature is also available when the 3-D conversion lens is attached to the SDT750.
Panasonic offers a 5.1-channel audio recording sound system that uses five microphones, so when voices are recorded from the front, right, left and back are played on a 5.1-channel home cinema system, users are surrounded by clear, detailed sound that makes them feel as if they are right in the middle of the action. The Focus Microphone function, which has been made possible by five highly-directional microphones, picks up the sounds from sources in the area in front of the camcorder, regardless of whether the lens is focusing on a near or distant object. It also allows footage recorded in 3-D to be enjoyed with lifelike and dynamic sounds.
The high-sensitivity 3MOS System has 7.59 million effective motion image pixels (2.53 megapixels x 3), so this advanced image sensor separates the light received through the lens into the three primary colors (red, green and blue) and processes each color independently. As a result, the Panasonic SDT750 produces beautiful images with rich color quality, detail and gradation. Adding to the quality, the SDT750 also features a large-diameter (46mm) F1.5 Leica Dicomar lens and Crystal Engine PRO, a high-speed processing unit, both components which contribute to the effectiveness of the camcorder's light gathering, increased sensitivity, and reduced noise when shooting, even in dim lighting.
Users can play back 3-D videos recorded on the Panasonic HDC-SDT750 on 3-D capable televisions, such as Panasonic VIERA(r) Full HD 3-D televisions, including the TC-P50VT25, TC-P54VT25, TC-P58VT25, TC-P65VT25 and the TC-P50VT20 models. Playback using a VIERA TV is done by connecting the 3-D camcorder to the television using an HDMI cable. In addition, it is also possible to play 3-D images recorded on SD Memory Cards by using an AVCHD compatible player, such as a Panasonic 3-D Blu-ray Disc player, the DMP-BDT350 or DMP-BDT300 models are currently available. When watching 3-D content recorded by the SDT750 on any of the Panasonic Full HD 3-D VIERA televisions, users can view the true-to-life content and the VIERA television will automatically engage the side-by-side method for smooth viewing of 3-D content, no change of settings necessary.
The SDT750 comes with HD Writer AE 2.6T PC editing software, which allows users to easily edit recorded 3-D images, and save them onto PCs or Blu-ray/DVD discs. HD Writer AE 2.6T features a "Smart Wizard" that starts as soon as the SDT750 is connected to the USB port of the computer, which gives simple on-screen guidance. HD Writer AE 2.6T also enables easy uploading and sharing online without the need for any cumbersome processes, so that even an inexperienced user can post video clips on the Web. When uploading 3-D images from a PC onto the web, they must first be converted into 2-D images.
Even without the 3-D conversion lens attached, the Panasonic SDT750 is an innovative and high-performance Full HD camcorder that is equipped with a wide range of sophisticated functions, including the 3MOS System, which features improved noise reduction (NR) technologies, and a wide-variety of manual adjustments controlled by a manual ring for easy, creative shooting. The manual ring provides convenient, fingertip control of the focus, zoom, exposure (iris), shutter speed and white balance settings. Using the ring is extremely intuitive, comfortable, and user-friendly. Only the white balance setting is available when the 3-D conversion lens is attached. The SDT750 can shoot 1080/60p recording (Full-HD 1920 x 1080, 60 progressive recording) and produces rich expressive images, with no detail loss and flickering.
Panasonic's Intelligent Auto (iA) function makes the SDT750 extremely easy to use. When the 3-D lens is not attached and iA is engaged, the SDT750 automatically selects the most suitable shooting mode with the press of a button. While shooting HD video, the Panasonic SDT750's iA function offers the following six functions: Face Recognition, the new HYBRID O.I.S., AF/AE Tracking, Intelligent Scene Selector, Face Detection and Intelligent Contrast Control. HYBRID O.I.S., a new feature, provides extremely accurate hand-shake correction with its four-axis blur detection, resulting in steady images while zooming or shooting on the move.
Other features of the Panasonic HDC-SDT750 include:
The Panasonic HDC-SDT750 will be available in October 2010 with a suggested retail price of $1,399.95.
The program schedule at the 3-D Center of Art and Photography in Portland, Oregon is now more regularized. The center will be opening either a new gallery exhibition or a new Stereo Theatre show each first Thursday.
In the Gallery
Prins says he starts each piece by "creating an abstract mess of textures allowing anything to happen." By doing this, he says he sets himself up for the accidental discovery of composition. "Loosely defined shapes and textures begin to emerge as buildings, streets, market stalls and people."
In the Stereo Theatre
The 3-D Center of Art and Photography is located at 1928 NW Lovejoy in Portland, Oregon. Call (503) 227-6667.
The 3-D Center of Art and Photography has regular monthly Stereo Theatre and 3-D Art Exhibitions. Open Thursday - Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. First Thursday (Free), 6 to 9 p.m. Admission for adults (over 15) is $5.
Panasonic have expanded their line of Full HD 3-D Blu-ray Disc players with the recently announced DMP-BDT100, which is set to be released this August. Additionally, compared to Panasonic's DMP-BDT300 and DMP-BDT350 models, the DMP-BDT100 will carry a substantially lower price tag.
The DMP-BDT100 will be ethernet-connectible and wi-fi ready, and will be equipped with Panasonic's Viera Cast service, which grants access to services such as Netflix, Amazon VOD, Pandora, Twitter and YouTube. DMP-BDT100 users will also be able to watch images and movies from digital cameras and camcorders via the integrated SD card and USB slot, as well as 3-D content shot by Panasonic's HDC-SDT750 camcorder.
Finally, Panasonic currently bundles a 3-D demo disc with every DMP-BDT300 and DMP-BDT350 player. At this point, however, it is unknown whether the DMP-BDT100 will arrive with the same pack-in demo, or possibly a different title.
See if you can name all of the iconic retro images you’ll find in cutoutpaper’s Retro Laser Cut art.
I recognize View-Master®, Speak and Spell, NES controller, Casio calculator watch, Etch-a-Sketch, Atari joystick, Sony Walkman, cassette tapes, digital watch, Pac-Man and Rubik’s Cube. This awesome design measures 19.7 inches x 27.5 inches and each one is laser cut from heavy tangerine Cranford board. They look especially great matted and framed.
Unfortunately, cutoutpaper is only offering a limited edition of 20 of these, so you’d better "cut out" to Etsy and pony up your $69 if you want one. Last I checked, there were three left in stock!
The BP disaster is getting very real attention in filmmaking circles these days.
One of the most talked-about spill movies on the horizon is The Singing Planet by Louie Psihoyos, Oscar-winning director of The Cove. In an interview with Momentum, Psihoyos said of his new project:
It's a film about the mass extinction of wildlife caused by humanity. I think it's the biggest story out there right now. We'll be all over the world for that one, the gulf, Polynesia, all over the Pacific, including Cocos and Galapagos, Europe and many places now being determined." And yes, it will be filmed in 3-D.
Psihoyos was a photographer for 35 years before shifting his attention to filmmaking and ocean conservation. The result was The Cove, a documentary about annual mass killings of dolphins in Japan, which earned critical acclaim and won more than two dozen film awards.
In next summer's Thor movie Natalie Portman will star along with Anthony Hopkins as Odin and Chris Hemsworth as Thor.
Natalie will play a researcher who comes across the mighty Norse God shortly after he's been banished to Earth. She mistakes him for a very buff homeless dude, but it's only a matter of time before he has to save the world of course.
The movie, which will fit into an Avengers storyline along with Iron Man, Hulk, and Captain America, is one of a slew of new special-effects laden films slated to hit theatres in glorious 3-D, but Natalie has her reservations about the medium.
"Everyone's going to know how flat-chested I am now! It's going to be evidence," she joked while speaking as part of the movie's Comic-Con panel in San Diego.
A Canal Street New Orleans stereoview sold for $306 with 10 bids. Edward L. Wilson, published by his Centennial Photographic Co. (from the scarce series "1884 - New Orleans - 1885"). #1297 "Canal Street, New Orleans," 1884. Great side view of the "Canal, Dumar and Fair Grounds" trolley pulled by a lone horse with the street beyond. Men are standing in the foreground by an iron fence. Overall bright and clear. There is a tiny black mark in the sky, which appears to have been in the original negative. This is from a documentary series of views made by Wilson who obtained exclusive rights to photograph the International Cotton Exposition in New Orleans.
A Mormon Emigrant Train, Echo Canyon stereoview sold for $865 with nine bids. The stereoview is from Stereoscopic Gems of Utah Scenery, by C. W. Carter. Somebody crossed out "Echo Canyon" with a pencil. View of wagon trains being pulled by teams of oxen, men watching, with settlement in background. On back is a view of building, Carter's View Emporium, East Temple Street, Salt Lake City. Written in ink, Salt Lake City May 1871-, Wm. H. Brewer, Coalville.
Several Centennial stereoview lots sold at the following prices. The stereoviews feature items at the 1876 Philadelphia Exposition.
A stereoview of the construction site sold for $362.79 with six bids.
Five stereoviews featuring military
and guns sold for $789.79 with nine bids. Centennial
Photographic Co. 1876 Philadelphia Exhibition
stereoview lot. Five views, each picturing military
or weapon displays:
One stereoview of antique lighting sold for $341.77 with 15 bids. 1876 Centennial Photographic Co Philadelphia International Exhibition Antique Lighting stereoview. Titled "2338 Neumann's Lanterns M.B." the image is of many rare and wonderful examples of Nineteenth Century antique hanging lamps and other lighting devices.
Three stereoviews of patent models
sold for $589.79 with 15 bids. Antique Centennial
Photographic Co Philadelphia 1876 International
Exhibition stereoview lot. Three views depicting
famous American scientific patent type models.
Photos are a bit grainy but are otherwise pretty
clean. Lot includes:
Five stereoviews of agriculture
exhibits sold for $332.79 with four bids. Centennial
Photographic Company 1876 Philadelphia Exhibition
agriculture stereoview card lot.
Six stereoviews of furniture sold
for $332.79 with four bids. Centennial Photographic
Company 1876 Philadelphia Exhibition stereoview
lot featuring antique furniture and other antiques
and decorative items.
Six stereoviews of antiques, plates,
etc. sold for $381.76 with 11 bids. Centennial
Photographic Company 1876 Philadelphia Exhibition
stereoview lot featuring Chinese export porcelain
and other antiques of many kinds.
Three stereoviews of a Kindergarten
school sold for $332.79 with two bids. Centennial
Photographic Company 1876 Philadelphia Exhibition
Seven stereoviews related to industry
sold for $332.79 with six bids. Centennial Photographic
Company 1876 Philadelphia Exhibition stereoview
Six stereoviews of garden statues,
bronzes, etc. sold for $332.79 with six bid. Centennial
Photographic Company 1876 Philadelphia Exhibition
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