April 2015

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3-D Selfies

Dacuda and Volumental Unveil Printable 3-D-Selfies Using Intel Powered Tablets

Innovative startups unveil a mobile App prototype for capturing real 3-D printable selfies that can be used in gaming, custom fitted merchandise and other fun uses.

Computer vision companies, Dacuda and Volumental, have teamed up to unveil the world's first mobile application for easily creating printable 3-D Selfies, simply by capturing video on a mobile tablet. The early prototype will be shown to the public at Mobile World Congress on a Dell Venue 8 7000 tablet, the world's thinnest tablet featuring the Intel® RealSense™ R100 platform.

The application is based on Dacuda's SLAM Scan 3-D engine, capturing depth information in real-time using regular cameras. It represents the next big advancement of the technology used in Dacuda's 3DAround application enabling foodies to capture their food in full 3-D models with just their iPhone.

"Our vision is to give consumers the ability to capture and share beautiful 3-D experiences within seconds using just their mobile device," said Dr. Alexander Ilic, Founder and CTO of Dacuda.

Taking multiple 3-D images from Dacuda's 3-D engine and Volumental's cloud-based reconstruction technology, it renders a high-resolution, fully meshed and textured model that can be used to enable customized products and services in both the physical and digital world.

“As this app becomes available on tablets we will see a number of customizable products that vastly demonstrate how 3-D technology can change the products we use every day,” said Volumental CEO Caroline Walerud. “Imagine purchasing perfectly fitting eyeglasses or helmets from home, or starring in your favorite computer game; all as a result of a 3-D head model that you captured on your tablet!”

Dacuda and Volumental chose the Dell Venue 8 7000 Android tablet as a demo device because of its powerful Moorefield chipset and an Intel® RealSense™ Snapshot (R100).

“Dacuda and Volumental have been great companies to work with in developing fast and easy 3-D imaging technologies for Intel® RealSense™ solutions,” said Wolfgang Petersen, Director SSG – Developer Relations Division – Developer Relations Division, at Intel EMEA. “The teams’ insight, flexibility and commitment have proven invaluable to lay the groundwork for bringing fast and easy 3-D capturing to consumers. Independent Software Vendors such as Dacuda and Volumental will continue to play a critical role in the success of Intel's 3-D initiative in the future.”

The prototype of the app was shown at the Mobile World Congress at the Fira venue, Hall 8.1, Booth #8.1E41 on March 3 and 4.

About Dacuda
Dacuda is a privately held computer vision company that pioneered a new way of scanning. Dacuda's patented and mass-market proven SLAM Scan® technology enables real-time image stitching over space and time for any handheld device. Applications include smart peripherals (e.g. PocketScan), mobile photography (e.g. LTL Panorama), and 3D object capture. The headquarters are located in Zurich, Switzerland.

About Volumental
Volumental is a Stockholm-based 3-D software company building a platform for the future of product customization. Volumental’s cloud-based software enables accurate scanning of the human body using mobile devices. The body data can then be used to buy and create fully customized products. Volumental’s 3-D scanning and modeling software originated with a 2012 research project at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. Today the international team consists of 17 people with experience within research at NASA, Google, Cambridge, Oxford, Stanford and includes five PhD level computer vision researchers.

See a video showing how it works at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1_G3WpbsSw

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3-D Filmmakers Shine at 2015 Stereoscopic Displays and Applications Conference

The producers and judges of the 3-D Theatre session at the 2015 Stereoscopic Displays and Applications (SD&A) conference are pleased to announce the winners of Best of Show prizes. The purpose of each year’s 3-D Theatre session is to showcase the wide range of 3-D content being produced and exhibited around the world. This year’s show took place on Feb. 9 and contained a broad selection of 41 entries, ranging from independent artists to major studios.

The Winners Are:

Best of Show - Live Action category
The Whitewashing of 5 Pointz (3-D) by Ben Schwartz (USA).

Synopsis: On Nov. 19, 2013, 5 Pointz - the iconic aerosol art center in Long Island City, Queens - was whitewashed. 5 Pointz curator Meres One and director Ben Schwartz take a look back at that fateful day and consider the legacy of street art's most famous public canvas. ?

Best of Show - Animation / CG category
Cochemare (3-D) by Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski (Canada).

Synopsis: Blending animation, live action and stereoscopic 3-D, Cochemare is an immersive, tactile and sensory experience. As the user journeys from the mystical forest of storms to the orbiting international space station, the film forces us to confront our notions of voyeurism, femininity, and the separation of body and mind.

Each of the winners received a copy of the Stereoscopic Displays and Applications: 20-Year Retrospective DVD-ROM which contains over 1,500 stereoscopic-focused technical manuscripts.

We thank all of the contributors who kindly allowed their 3-D content to be shown at this year’s event. An audience of around 150 attendees enjoyed this two hour session held as part of the 26th annual Stereoscopic Displays and Applications conference located at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square Hotel.

There has been a noticeable improvement in the quality of 3-D content being shown at each year’s 3-D Theatre session, and this year was no exception. This is a reflection of the maturing of the industry and the improvement in the available stereoscopic hardware and software. Lenny Lipton, one of the show judges, said,, “The films in the competition show far more imagination than that which is being exhibited in the theatrical cinema and I am happy to see people exploring the medium.”

The judges at this year’s SD&A 3-D Theatre Session were Lenny Lipton (Leonardo IP) and Eric Kurland (3-DIY), both well-known 3-D experts. The producers were: John Stern (Intuitive Surgical, retired), Chris Ward (Lightspeed Design Group and DepthQ Stereoscopic), and Andrew Woods (Curtin University). Management and playback of 3-D content was expertly handled by Dan Lawrence of DepthQ Stereoscopic.

The full list of 3-D content exhibited:

Competition Category
Luigi's Pizzaride 3-D — Florian Werzinski (Germany)
The Depths — Jordan Dowler-Coltman (Writer/Director) (Canada)
Safety Geeks SVI trailer — Lumen Actus Productions (USA)
My Robot — PARAN52FILM (CEO: Choi Yang Hyun) (South Korea)
Geometry of Numbers — San Base (Canada); music by Ugo Altamore (Italy)
Northern Lights over Mount Halde — Morten Skallerud (Norway)
Mr. Hublo — Laurent Witz & Alexandre Espigares (Luxembourg)
The 3D-Machine - the series - Episode 3 — Ka-Ching Cartoons (Netherlands)
Hyperlapse - Scenic in Japan #1 — Takashi Sekitani (Japan)
Frames — Emmanuel Albano (Canada)
Gravitational Lensing — Ralf Kaehler (KIPAC/SLAC), Carter Emmart (AMNH), Tom Abel (KIPAC/SLAC) (USA)
The Whitewashing of 5 Pointz — Ben Schwartz (USA)
Snakes 3-D — Wild Earth Media (South Africa)
Intermission (from 2003) — Don Hertzfeldt and Robert Howell (USA)
Compromiso: ALA 15 (Commitment: 15th Wing) — Alfredo Gonzalez / Sergio de Uña / José Luis Roig (Spain)
Cochemare — Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski (Canada)
Airground — Sylvia Nicolaides (Cyprus)
Grami’s Circus Show — Studio Gale Co, Ltd. / KBS Media (Korea)
Elysian Fields — Ina Conradi Chavez (Singapore)
Red White Black and Blue — Nicholas D'Agostino (USA)
Maidan Today — Stéphane Dalmat (France)
Trail Riders of America Double Cross and Dirt Jump Contest — Nat Bartholomew (USA)
Temple of Zen 3-D — Tsz Shan Monastery (Hong Kong)
The Chaperone 3-D — Fraser Munden (Canada)
Dzignlight Studios Timelapse 2015 — Eric Deren (USA)
Yili — Digital Magic Limited (China)
Cosplay Dreams 3-D — Passage Productions and Drama House Productions (USA)
One Night in Hell — Jason Jameson and James Hall (England)

Demonstration Category
Maleficent — Walt Disney Pictures (USA)
The Bubble (from 1966) — 3-D Film Archive, LLC (USA)
Austin, Texas 3-D Time Lapse — Landon Gaus (USA)
Pequeñas Voces (Little Voices) trailer — Jairo Carrillo (Colombia)
Fanfare Intro Foxtrot — Chris Casady (USA)
Later, in the Restaurant... — Karel Bata (England)
Being there; Mauritshuis The Hague - Vermeer - Girl with a Pearl Earring — René van Gageldonk (Netherlands)
Friskies 3-D — Brash 3D (Colombia)
Frozen — Walt Disney Animation Studios (USA)
Dragonfly Squadron (from 1954) — 3-D Film Archive, LLC (USA)
Austin Surhoff, UT Swimmer — Patricio Elizondo (USA)
Oceans — Maria Juranic (USA)
Ratatouille — Pixar Animation Studios (USA)

The session was a visual feast and served well to illustrate the diversity of 3-D content produced by stereoscopic professionals and enthusiasts alike. Another impressive aspect of the show was the large number of countries represented, 17 in total – from USA to South Africa to China and many more in-between.

We are grateful for the support of our projection sponsors who supplied equipment key to the success of this event: DepthQ Stereoscopic, Christie Digital, and Tekamaki. Our 3-D Theatre partners for this event were: LA 3-D Film Festival, 3DContentHub, and 3-D Film Archive. It is great to see a strong network of 3-D filmmakers, festivals and content aggregators develop.

More information about the SD&A conference is available on their website.

About SD&A
The annual Stereoscopic Displays & Applications (SD&A) conference is the world's premier conference for 3-D innovation. It is the largest and longest-running technical conference dedicated to the discussion of technical stereoscopic imaging topics. The next conference, the 27th annual event, runs Feb. 15 through 17, 2016 in downtown San Francisco.

The 2015 SD&A conference was held part of the Electronic Imaging Symposium held in San Francisco, California organized by the technical societies IS&T and SPIE. The SD&A conference series gathers together a host of professionals with a common passion for stereoscopic imaging techniques to discuss topics including autostereoscopic displays, 3-D cinema, 3-D TV, human factors, 3-D image processing, visual comfort, 3-D image quality, and everything stereoscopic 3-D in-between. Special sessions at the conference include keynote presentations, live demonstrations of stereoscopic equipment, and the ever-popular SD&A 3-D Theatre Session.

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Playboy's 3-D Piano Keys

An anaglyphic 3-D photo of piano keys is part of the Behind The Music article featured in the April 2015 issue of Playboy. The article features February 2015 Playmate Kayslee Collins sitting in front of a television on page 59. The 3-D piano keys are on the television behind her. Too bad the entire pictorial was not in 3-D.

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3-D Conversion Wars in Hollywood

In bringing 3-D films to the world, 2-D to 3-D conversion technology has advanced and the companies that own this technology guard it at all costs. Recently, Prime Focus, a company that does 2-D to 3-D conversion of major motion pictures such as Guardians of the Galaxy, Gravity, Noah, Interstellar and the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron, has brought suit against Legend3D, which has converted the films Insurgent, Maleficent and The Lego Movie and the upcoming Poltergeist reboot.

The litigation from Prime Focus alleges patent infringement by Legend3D. Previous, Prime Focus itself was sued by Digital Domain Media Group over conversion technology but settled the dispute with that company. DDMG sold its patents to RealD for $5.4 million after declaring bankruptcy. Legend3D claims their patents predate the Prime Focus patent and that the string of 18 patents they hold date back to 2001. Legend3D plans to fight the allegations.

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Auction Results

Almaden California mine 1867 stereoview.

An 1867 C.E. Watkins stereoview of the Almuden, California mine sold for $838 with 11 bids. The card measures 6 3/4" x 3 1/4" tall on a yellow mount.

Keystone View Company wood cabinet.

A wood Keystone View Company stereocard storage cabinet sold for $356.77 with four bids. The Keystone View Company wooden cabinet has a glass top and six drawers. It measures 18" high by 21" wide by 17" deep.

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