Media News - Friday, August 17, 2012
German researchers have won a major international award for their work on a system that will allow people to watch 3D displays without special glasses. A team from Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications Heinrich Hertz Institute scooped the IBC 2012 Best Conference Paper for their work on the ability to create signals for glasses-free 3D displays from two-camera stereoscopic origination. The premise of the paper is that 3D television to the home will only achieve mass popularity when it can be enjoyed by multiple viewers without the need for glasses. Current production techniques are stereoscopic, using two cameras and image chains and delivering an image to each eye using special glasses. Autostereoscopic displays – glasses-free 3D – require at least five views and preferably very many more. The Fraunhofer paper describes the design of an algorithm capable of being implemented in relatively low cost hardware that will go inside television receivers to convert stereo 3D to the required number of multiview images, in real time. (Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union)
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