AIMS TO PROJECT 3D TV Project Aims to Create 3D Television by 2020
Tokyo - Imagine watching a football match on a TV that not only shows the players in three dimensions but also lets you experience the smells of the stadium and maybe even pat a goal scorer on the back.
Japan plans to make this futuristic television a commercial reality by 2020as part of a broad national project that will bring together researchers from the government, technology companies and academia.
The targeted "virtual reality" television would allow people to view high definition images in 3D from any angle, in addition to being able to touch and smell the objects being projected upwards from a screen to the floor.
"Can you imagine hovering over your TV to watch Japan versus Brazil in the finals of the World Cup as if you are really there?" asked Yoshiaki Takeuchi, development at Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.
While companies, universities and research institutes around the world have made some progress on reproducing 3D images suitable for TV, developing the technologies to create the sensations of touch and smell could prove the most challenging, Takeuchi said in an interview with Reuters.
Researchers are looking into ultrasound, electric stimulation and wind pressure as potential technologies for touch.
Such a TV would have a wide range of potential uses. It could be used in home-shopping programs, allowing viewers to "feel" a handbag before placing their order, or in the medical industry, enabling doctors to view or even perform simulated surgery on 3D images of someone's heart.
The future TV is part of a larger national project under which Japan aims to promote "universal communication," a concept whereby information is shared smoothly and intelligently regardless of location or language.
Takeuchi said an open forum covering a broad range of technologies related to universal communication, such as language translation and advanced Web search techniques, could be established by the end of this year.
Researchers from several top firms including Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. and Sony Corp. are members of a report on the project last month.
The ministry plans to request a budget of more than 1 billion yen to help fund the project in the next fiscal year starting in April 2006
Three-dimensional TV is expected to be the next revolution in the TV history. They implemented a 3D TV prototype system with real-time acquisition transmission, & 3D display of dynamic scenes. They developed a distributed scalable architecture to manage the high computation & bandwidth demands. 3D display shows high-resolution stereoscopic color images for multiple viewpoints without special glasses. This is first real time end-to-end 3D TV system with enough views & resolution to provide a truly immersive 3D experience.
2.1 Why 3D TV
The evolution of visual media such as cinema and television is one of the major hallmarks of our modern civilization. In many ways, these visual media now define our modern life style. Many of us are curious: what is our life style going to be in a few years? What kind of films and television are we going to see? Although cinema and television both evolved over decades, there were stages, which, in fact, were once seen as revolutions:
1) at first, films were silent, then sound was added;
2) cinema and television were initially black-and-white, then color was introduced;
3) computer imaging and digital special effects have been the latest major novelty.
So the question is: what is the next revolution in cinema and television going to be?
If we look at these stages precisely, we can notice that all types of visual media have been evolving closer to the way we see things in real life. Sound, colors and computer graphics brought a good part of it, but in real life we constantly see objects around us at close range, we sense their location in space, we see them from different angles as we change position. This has not been possible in ordinary cinema. Movie images lack true dimensionality and limit our sense that what we are being seeing is real.
Nearly a century ago, in the 1920s, the great film director Sergei Eisenstein said that the future of cinematography was the 3d motion pictures. Many other cinema pioneers thought in the same way. Even the Lumiere brothers experimented with three-dimensional (stereoscopic) images using two films painted in red and blue (or green) colors and projected simultaneously onto the screen. Viewers saw stereoscopic images through glasses, painted in the opposite colors. But the resulting image was black-and-white, like in the first feature stereoscopic film "Power of Love" (1922, USA, Dir. H. Fairhal).
Basics of 3D TV
Human gains three-dimensional information from variety of cues. Two of the most important ones are binocular parallax & motion parallax.
3.1 Binocular Parallax
It means for any point you fixate the images on the two eyes must be slightly different. But the two different image so allow us to perceive a stable visual world. Binocular parallax r defers to the ability of the eyes to see a solid object and a continuous surface behind that object even though the eyes see two different views.
3.2 Motion Parallax
It means information at the retina caused by relative movement of objects as the observer moves to the side (or his head moves sideways). Motion parallax varies depending on the distance of the observer from objects. The observer's movement also causes occlusion (covering of one object by another), and as movement changes so too does occlusion. This can give a powerful cue to the distance of objects from the observer. For example, you are sitting in the train & trees are going opposite side to you. Wheatstone was able to scientifically prove the link between parallax & depth perception using a stereoscope- the world's first three dimensional display device. So, there will be a question in your mind that what are this depth perception, stereoscopic images & stereoscope. Let's understand these words.
3.2.1 Depth perception
It is the visual ability to perceive the world in three dimensions. It is a trait common to many higher animals. Depth perception allows the beholder to accurately gauge the distance to an object.
The small distance between our eyes gives us stereoscopic depth perception. The brain combines the two slightly different images into one 3D image. It works most effectively for distances up to 18 feet. For objects at a greater distance, our brain uses relative size and motion to determine depth. The ability to distinguish objects in a visual field. Figure 1 shows the depth perception.
As shown in the figure, each eye captures its own view and the two separate images are sent on to the brain for processing. When the two images arrive simultaneously in the back of the brain, they are united into one picture. The mind combines the two images by matching up the similarities and adding in the small differences. The small differences between the two images add up to a big difference in the final picture ! The combined image is more than the sum of its parts. It is a three-dimensional stereo picture.
The word "stereo" comes from the Greek word "stereos" which means firm or solid. With stereovision you see an object as solid in three spatial dimensions-width, height and depth--or x, y and z. It is the added perception of the depth dimension that makes stereovision so rich and special.
3.2.2 Stereographic Images
It means two pictures taken with a spatial or time separation that are then arranged to be viewed simultaneously. When so viewed they provide the sense of a three-dimensional scene using the innate capability of the human visual system to detect three dimensions. Figure 2 shows the stereographic images.
As you can see, a stereoscopic image is composed of a right perspective frame and a left perspective frame - one for each eye.
When your right eye views the right frame and the left frame is viewed by your left eye, your brain will perceive a true 3D view.
It is an optical device for creating stereoscopic (or three dimensional) effects from flat (two-dimensional) images; D.Brewster first constructed the stereoscope in 1844. It is provided with lenses, under which two equal images are placed, so that one is viewed with the right eye and the other with the left. Observed at the same time, the two images merge into a single virtual image, which, as a consequence of our binocular vision, appears to be three-dimensional.
For those wondering what "stereoscopic" is all about, viewing stereoscopic images gives an enhanced depth perception. This is similar to the depth perception we get in real life, the same effect IMAX 3D and many computer games now provide.
3.3 Holographic Images
A luminous, 3D, transparent, colored and nonmaterial image appearing out of a 2D medium, called a hologram. A holographic image cannot be viewed without the proper lighting. Holographic images can be viewed in virtual space (behind the film plane), in real space (in front of the film plane), or in both at once. They may be orthoscopic, that is, have the same appearance of depth and parallax as the original 3D image, or pseudoscopic, in which the scene depth is inverted. Holographic images do not create a shadow, since they are non-material. They can only be viewed in.
OVERVIEW OF THE SYSTEM
3D video usually refers to store animated sequences, whereas 3D TV includes realÃ‚Â¬time acquisition, coding & transmission of the dynamic scene. In this seminars we present first end-to-end 3D TV system with 16 independent high resolution views & auto stereoscopic display. They have used hardware synchronized cameras to capture multiple perspective scenes. They have developed a fully distributed architecture with clusters of PCs on the sender & receiver side. The system is scalable in the number of acquired, transmitted, & displayed video streams. The system architecture is flexible enough to enable a broad range of research in 3D TV. This system provides enough viewpoints 8 enough pixels per viewpoint to produce a believable & immersive 31) experience. In these system there are following contribution:
1. Distributed architecture
3. Multiview video rendering
4. High-resolution 3D display
5. Computational alignment for 3D display
4.1 Model Based System
One approach to 3D TV is to acquire multiview video from sparsely arranged cameras & to use some model of the scene for view interpolation.
Typical scene models are per-pixel depth maps, the visual hull, or a prior model of the acquired objects, such as human body shapes as shown in the figure 4.
It has been shown that even coarse scene models improve the image quality during view synthesis. It is possible to achieve very high image quality with two layer image representation that includes automatically extracted boundary mattes near depth penetration. The Blue-C system consists of a room-sized environment with real-time capture & spatially immersive display. All 3D video systems provide the ability to interactively control the viewpoint, the feature that has been termed free viewpoint video by the MPEG Ad-Hoc Group on 3D Audio 8 Video (3DAV). Real-time acquisition of scene models for general, real-world scenes is very difficult. Many systems do not provide real-time end-to end performance, and if they do they are limited to simple scenes with only a handful of objects. Using a dense light field representation that does not require a scene model but on the other hand, dense light field require more storage 8 transmission bandwidth. So, related to this light field systems is our next topic.
4.2 Light Field System
A light field represents radiance as a function of position & direction in regions of space free of occludes. The light field describes the amount of light traveling through every point in 3D space in every possible direction. It varies with the wavelength A, distance x & the unit vector direction w. In this system, the ultimate goal, which Gavin Miller called the " hyper display ", is to capture a time varying light field passing through a surface & emitting the same light field through another surface with minimum delay. Acquisition of dense,
dynamic light fields has only recently become feasible. Some system uses a bundle of optical fibers in front of high definition camera to capture multiple views simultaneously. The problem with the single camera is that the limited resolution of the camera greatly reduces the number & resolution of the acquired views. Dense array of synchronized cameras will give high resolution light fields. These cameras are connected with the cluster of PCs. Camera array consists of up to 128 cameras & special purpose hardware to compress & store all the video data in real-time. Most light field cameras allow interactive navigation & manipulation of the dynamic scene. Now, let's move on to the architecture of the 3D TV.
ARCHITECTURE OF 3D TV
Figure 5 shows the schematic representation of 3D TV system.
The whole system consists mainly three blocks:
3. Display Unit
The system consists mostly of commodity components that are readily available today. Note that the overall architecture of system accommodates different display types. Let's understand the three blocks one after another.
The acquisition stage consists of an array of hardware-synchronized cameras. Small clusters of cameras are connected to the producer PCs. The producers capture live, uncompressed video streams & encode them using standard MPEG coding. The compressed video then broadcast on separate channels over a transmission network, which could be digital cable, satellite TV or the Internet.
As explain above each camera captures progressive high-definition video in real time. Generally they are using 16 Basler A101fc color cameras with 1300X1030, 8 bits per pixel CCD sensors. The question might be arising in your mind that what are CCD image sensors & MPEG coding?
5.1.1 CCD Image Sensors
Charge coupled device are electronic devices that are capable of transforming a light pattern (image) into an electric charge pattern (an electronic image). The CCD consists of several individual elements that have the capability of collecting, storing and transporting electrical charge from one element to another. This together with the photosensitive properties of silicon is used to design image sensors. Each photosensitive element will then represent a picture element (pixel). With semiconductor technologies and design rules, structures are made that form lines, or matrices of pixels. One or more output amplifiers at the edge of the chip collect the signals from the CCD. An electronic image can be obtained by - after having exposed the sensor with a light pattern - applying series of pulses that transfer the charge of one pixel after another to the output amplifier, line after line. The output amplifier converts the charge into a voltage. External electronics will transform this output signal into a form suitable for monitors or frame grabbers. CCDs have extremely low noise figures. Figure 6 shows CCD sensors.
Fig.5.2 CCD Image Sensor
CCD image sensors can be a color sensor or a monochrome sensor. In a color image sensor an integral RGB color filter array provides color responsively and separation. A monochrome image sensor senses only in black and white. An important environmental parameter to consider is the operating temperature.
5.1.2 MPEG-2 Encoding
MPEG-2 is an extension of the MPEG-1 international standard for digital compression of audio and video signals. MPEG-2 is directed at broadcast formats at higher data rates; it provides extra algorithmic 'tools' for efficiently coding interlaced video, supports a wide range of bit rates and provides for multichannel surround sound coding. MPEG- 2 aims to be a generic video coding system supporting a diverse range of applications. Different algorithmic 'tools', developed for many applications, have been integrated into the full standard. To implement all the features of the standard in all decoders is unnecessarily complex and a waste of bandwidth, so a small number of subsets of the full standard, known as profiles and levels, have been defined. A profile is a subset of algorithmic tools and a level identifies a set of constraints on parameter values (such as picture size and bit rate). A decoder, which supports a particular profile and level, is only required to support the corresponding subset of the full standard and set of parameter constraints.
Now, the cameras are connected by IEEE-1394 High Performance Serial Bus to the producer PCs. The maximum transmitted frame rate at full resolution is 12 frames per seconds. Two cameras each are connected to one of the eight producer PCs. All PCs in this prototype have 3 GHz Pentium 4 Processors, 2 GB of RAM, & run Windows XP.
They chose the Basler cameras primarily because it has an external trigger that allows for complete control over the video timing. They have built a PCI card with custom programmable logic device (CPLD) that generates the synchronization signal for all the cameras. So, what is PCI card?
5.1.3 PCI Card
The power and speed of computer components has increased at a steady rate since desktop computers were first developed decades ago. Software makers create new applications capable of utilizing the latest advances in processor speed and hard drive capacity, while hardware makers' rush to improve components and design new technologies to keep up with the demands of high end software.
There's one element, however, that often escapes notice - the bus. Essentially, a bus is a channel or path between the components in a computer. Having a high-speed bus is as important as having a good transmission in a car. If you have a 700-horsepower engine combined with a cheap transmission, you can't get all that power to the road. There are many different types of buses. In this article, you will learn about some of those buses. We will concentrate on the bus known as the Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI). We'll talk about what PCI is, how it operates and how it is used, and we'll look into the future of bus technology.
All 16 cameras are individually connected to the card, which is plugged into the one of the producer PCs. Although it is possible to use software synchronization, they consider precise hardware synchronization essential for dynamic scenes. Note that the price of the acquisition cameras can be high, since they will be mostly used in TV studios. They arranged the 16 cameras in regularly spaced linear array. See the figure 8.
The optical axis of each camera is roughly perpendicular to a common camera plane. It is impossible to align multiple cameras precisely, so they use standard calibration procedures to determine the intrinsic & extrinsic camera parameters. In general, the cameras can be arranged arbitrarily because they are using light field rendering in the consumer to synchronize new views. A densely spaced array proved the best light fields capture, but high-quality reconstruction filters could be used if the light field is under sampled.
Transmitting 16 uncompressed video streams with 1300X1030 resolution & 24 bits per pixel at 30 frames per seconds requires 14.4 Gblsec bandwidth, which is well beyond current broadcast capabilities. For compression & transmission o1 dynamic muitiview video data there are two basic design choices. Either the data from multiple cameras is compressed using spatial or spatio-temporal encoding, or each video stream is compressed individually using temporal encoding. The first option offers higher compression, since there is a lot of coherence between the views. However, it requires that a centralized processor compress multiple video streams. This compression-hub architecture is not scalable, since the addition of more views will eventually overwhelm the internal bandwidth of the encoder. So, they decided to use temporal encoding of individual video stream on distributed processors.
This strategy has other advantages. Existing broadband protocols & compression standards do not need to be changed for immediate real world 3D TV experiments. This system can plug into today's digital TV broadcast infrastructure & co-exist in perfect harmony with 2D TV.
There did not have access to digital broadcast equipment, they implemented the modified architecture as shown in figure 9.
Eight producer PCs are connected by gigabit Ethernet to eight consumers PCs. Video stream at full camera resolution (1300*103D) are encoded with MPEG-2 & immediately decoded on the producer PCs. This essentially corresponds to a broadband network with infinite bandwidth & almost zeros delay. The gigabit Ethernet provides all-to-all connectivity between decoders & consumers, which is important for distributed rendering & display implementation. So, what is gigabit Ethernet? '
5.2.1 Gigabit Ethernet
It a transmission technology, enables Super Net to deliver enhanced network performance. Gigabit Ethernet is a high speed form of Ethernet (the most widely installed LAN technology), that can provide data transfer rates of about 1 gigabit per second (Gbps).
Gigabit Ethernet provides the capacity for server interconnection, campus backbone architecture and the next generation of super user workstations with a seamless upgrade path from existing Ethernet implementations.
5.3 Decoder & Consumer Processing
The receiver side is responsible for generating the appropriate images to be displayed. The system needs to be able to provide all possible views to the end users at every instance. The decoder receives a compressed video stream, decode it, and store the current uncompressed source frame in a buffer as shown in figure 10. Each consumer has virtual video buffer (VVD) with data from all current source frames. (I.e., all acquired views at a particular time instance).
Fig.5.6 Block Diagram of Decoder and Consumer processing
The consumer then generates a complete output image by processing image pixels from multiple frames in the VVB. Due to the bandwidth 8 processing limitations it would be impossible for each consumer to receive the complete source of frames from all the decoders. This would also limit the scalability of the system.
Here is one-to-one mapping between cameras & projectors. But it is not very flexible. For example, the cameras need to be equally spaced, which is hard to achieve in practice. Moreover, this method cannot handle the case when the number of cameras & projectors is not same.
Another, more flexible approach is to use image-based rendering to synchronize views at the correct virtual camera positions. They are using unstructured lurnigraph rendering on the consumer side. They choose the plane that is roughly in the center of the depth of field. The virtual viewpoints for the projected images are chosen at even spacing. Now focus on the processing for one particular consumer, i.e., one particular view. For each pixel o (u, v) in the output image, the display controller can determine the view number v& the position (x, y) of each source pixel s (v, x, y) that contributes to it.
To generate output views from incoming video streams, each output pixel is a linear combination of k source pixels:
0 (u, v) 2 wts (v, x, y) (1)
The blending weights w can be pre-computed by the controller based on the virtual view information. The controller sends the position (x, y) of the k source pixels to each decoder v for pixel selection. The index c of the requesting consumer is sent to the decoder for pixel routing from decoders to the consumer. Optionally, multiple pixels can be buffered in to the decoder for pixel block compression before being sent over the network. The consumer decompresses the pixel blocks & stores each pixel in VVB number v at position (x, y). Each output pixel requires from k source frames. That means that the maximum bandwidth on the network to the VVB is k times the size of the output image times the number of frames per second (fps). This can be substantially reduced if pixel block compression is used, at the expense of more processing. So to provide scalability it is important that this bandwidth is independent of the total number of the transmitted views. . The processing requirements in the consumer are extremely simple. It needs to compute equation (1) for each output pixel. The weights are pre computed & stored in a lookup table. The memory requirements are k times the size of the output image. Assuming simple pixel block compression, consumers can easily be implemented in hardware. That means decoders, networks, & consumers could be combined on the one printed circuit board. Let's move on to the different types of display.
MULTIVIEW AUTO STEREOSCOPIC DISPLAY
6.1 Holographic Displays
It is widely acknowledged that Dennis Gabor invented the hologram in 1948. he was working on an electron microscope. He coined the word and received a Nobel Prize for inventing holography in 1971. The holographic image is true three-dimensional: it can be viewed in different angles without glasses. This innovation could be a new revolution - a new era of holographic cinema and of holographic media in whole.
Holographic techniques were first applied to image display by Leith & Upatnieks in 1962. In holographic reproduction, interference fringes on the holographic surface to reconstruct the light wave front of the original object diffract light from illumination source. A hologram displays a continuous analog field has long been considered the "holy grail "of 3D TV. Most recent device, the Mark-2 Holographic Video Display, uses acousto-optic modulators, beam splitters, moving mirrors & lenses to create interactive holograms. In more recent systems, moving parts have been eliminated by replacing the acousto-optic modulators with LCD, focused light arrays, and optically addressed spatial modulators, digital micro mirror devices. Figure shows the holographic image.
All current holo-video devices use single-color laser light. To reduce the amount of display data they provide only horizontal parallax. The display hardware is very large in relation to size of the image. So cannot be done in real-time.
6.2 Holographic Movies
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6.2.1 Volumetric Displays
It use a medium to fill or scan a three-dimensional space & individually address & illuminate small voxels. However, volumetric systems produce transparent images that do not provide a fully convincing three dimensional experience. Furthermore, they cannot correctly reproduce the light field of a natural scene because of their limited color reproduction & lack of occlusions. The design of large size volumetric displays also poses some difficult obstacles.
6.2.2 Parallax Displays
Parallax displays emit spatially varying directional light. Much of the early 3D display research focused on improvement to Wheat stone's stereoscope. In 1903, F.Ives used a plate with vertical slits as a barrier over an image with alternating strips of left-eye/right-eye images. The resulting device is called a parallax stereogram. To extend the limited viewing angle 8 restricted viewing position of stereogram, Kanolt & H.Ives used narrower slits & smaller pitch between the alternating image strips. These multiview images are called parallax panorama grams.
Stereogram & panorama grams provide only horizontal parallax. Lippmann proposed using an array of spherical lenses instead of slits. This is frequently called a 'fly's eye" lens sheet, & resulting image is called integral photograph. An integral is a true planar light field with directionally varying radiance per pixel. Integral sacrifice significant spatial resolution in both dimensions to gain full parallax. Researchers in the 1930s introduced the lenticular sheet, a line of array of narrow cylindrical lenses called Isnticules. Lenticular images found widespread use for advertising, CD covers, & postcards. To improve the native resolution of the display, H.Ives invented the multi-projector lenticular display in 1931. He painted the back of a lenticular sheet with diffuse paint & used it as a projection surface for 39 slide projectors. Finally high output resolution, the large number of views & the large physical dimensions of or display leads to a very immersive 3D display. Other research in parallax displays includes time multiplexed 8 tracking-bass systems. In time multiplexing, multiple views are projected at different time instances using a sliding window or LCD shutter. This inherently reduces the frame rate of the display & may lead to noticeable flickering. Head-tracking designs are mostly used to display stereo images, although it could also be used to introduce some vertical parallax in multiview lenticular displays. Today's commercial auto stereoscopic displays use variations of parallax barriers or lenticular sheets placed on the top of LCD or plasma screens. Parallax barriers generally reduce some of the brightness & sharpness of the image. Here, this projector based 3D display currently has a native resolution of 12 million pixels.
6.2.3 Multi Projector
Displays offer very high resolution, flexibility, excellent cost performance, scalability, & large-format images. Graphics rendering for multiprojector systems can be efficiently parallelized on clusters of PCs using, for example, the Chromium API. Projectors also provide the necessary flexibility to adapt to non-planar display geometries. Precise manual alignment of the projector array is tedious 8 becomes downright impossible for more than a handful of projectors or non-planar screens. Some systems use cameras in the loop to automatically compute relative projectors poses for automatic alignment. Here they will use static camera for automatic image alignment & brightness adjustments of the projectors.
This is a brief explanation that we hope sorts out some of the confusion about the many 3D display options that are available today. We'll tell you how they work, and what the relative tradeoffs of each technique are. Those of you that are just interested in comparing different Liquid Crystal Shutter glasses techniques can skip to the section at the end. Of course, we are always happy to answer your questions personally, and point you to other leading experts in the field.
Figure shows a diagram of the multi-projector 3D displays with lenticular sheets.
Fig.7.1 Projection-type lenticular 3D displays
They use 16 NEC LT-170 projectors with 1024'768 native output resolution. This is less that the resolution of acquired & transmitted video, which has 1300'1030 pixels. However, HDTV projectors are much more expensive than commodity projectors. Commodity projector is a compact form factor. Out of eight consumer PCs one is dedicated as the controller. The consumers are identical to the producers except for a dual-output graphics card that is connected to two projectors. The graphic card is used only as an output device.
For real-projection system as shown in the figure, two lenticular sheets are mounted back-to-back with optical diffuser material in the center. The front projection system uses only one lenticular sheet with a retro reflective front projection screen material from flexible fabric mounted on the back. Photographs show the rear and front projection.
The projection-side lenticular sheet of the rear-projection display acts as a light multiplexer, focusing the projected light as thin vertical stripes onto the diffuser. Close up of the lenticular sheet is shown in the figure 6. Considering each lenticel to be an ideal
Pinhole camera, the stripes capture the view-dependent radiance of a three-dimensional light field. The viewer side lenticular sheet acts as a light de-multiplexer & projects the view-dependent radiance back to the viewer. The single lenticular sheet of the front-projection screen both multiplexes & demultiplexes the light.
The two key parameters of lenticular sheets are the field-of-view (FOV) & the number of lenticules per inch (LPI). Here it is used 72" ' 48" lenticular sheets with 30 degrees FOV & 15 LPI. The optical design of the lenticules is optimized for multiview 3D display. The number of viewing zones of a lenticular display is related to its FOV. For example, if the FOV is 30 degrees, leading to 180/30 = 6 viewing zones.
7.1 3D TV for 21st Century
Interest in 3D has never been greater. The amount of research and development on 3D photographic, motion picture and television systems is staggering. Over 1000 patent applications have been filed in these areas in the last ten years. There are also hundreds of technical papers and many unpublished projects.
I have worked with numerous systems for 3D video and 3D graphics over the last 20 years and have years developed and marketed many products. In order to give some historical perspective I'll start with an account of my 1985 visit to Exposition 85 in Tsukuba, Japan, I spent a month in Japan visiting with 3D researchers and attending the many 3D exhibits at the Tsukuba Science Exposition. The exposition was one of the major film and video events of the century, with a good chunk of its 2 1/2 billion dollar cost devoted to state of the art audiovisual systems in more than 25 pavilions. There was the world's largest IMAX screen, Cinema-U (a Japanese version of IMAX), OMNIMAX (a dome projection version of IMAX using fisheye lenses) in 3D, numerous 5, 8 and 10 perforation 70mm systems - several with fisheye lens projection onto domes and one in 3D, single, double and triple 8 perforation 35mm systems, live high definition (1125 line) TV viewed on HDTV sets and HDTV video projectors (and played on HDTV video discs and VTR's), and giant outdoor video screens culminating in Sony's 30 meter diagonal Jumbotron (also presented in 3D). Included in the 3D feast at the exposition were four 3D movie systems, two 3DTV systems (one without glasses), a 3D slide show, a Pulfrich demonstration (synthetic 3D created by a dark filter in front of one eye), about 100 holograms of every type, size and quality (the Russian's were best), and 3D slide sets, lenticular prints and embossed holograms for purchase. Most of the technology, from a robot that read music and played the piano to the world's largest tomato plant, was developed in Japan in the two years before the exposition, but most of the 3D hardware and software was the result of collaboration between California and Japan. It was the chance of a lifetime to compare practically all of the state of the art 2D and 3D motion picture and video systems, tweaked to perfection and running 12 hours a day, seven days a week. After describing the systems at Tsukuba, I will survey some of the recent work elsewhere in the world and suggest likely developments during the next decade.
Most of the key ideas for 3D TV systems presented in this paper have been known for decade, such as lenticular screens, multi projector 3D displays, and camera array for acquisition. This system is the first to provide enough view points and enough pixels per view points to produce an immersive and convincing 3D experience. Another area of future research is to improve the optical characteristic of the 3D display computationally. This concept is computational display. Another area of future research is precise color reproduction of natural scenes on multiview display.
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