August 3, 2012
Inventor Promises Inexpensive Converter To Make Any Television Project In 3D
|New 3-D televisions are expensive, and they require special hardware and glasses, and worst of all - even if you have a 3D TV, programming is limited to a handful of new movies and shows that have been specially produced. Now inventor Gene Dolgoff has launched a crowd fund initiative for his product 3-D Vision that promises to make any display project in 3D.|
His crowdsourced Fundable 3-D Vision project (for design of the box) has reached more than half of its $10,000 goal in only four days.
3-D Vision will need an equity investment of at least $2 million to go into production and Dolgoff hopes crowdfunding will bring the necessary exposure to turn the prototype conversion box into a $299.00 mass market product. All $10,000 raised on Fundable be awarded to the winner of a crowdsource design contest to create the device that holds 3-D Vision’s technology.
“Gamers have been really interested. After they play their games in 3D on our system, they tell me ‘I can’t go back to playing this in 2D,’” says Dolgoff.
The first generation of 3-D Vision will require glasses, but Dolgoff also says he has a prototype in development that works without glasses.
Dolgoff uses a patented technology to display any content in 3D on any television, projector, computer, or hand held display. Images shot using normal 2D filming methods capture images at different depths in a photographed scene, providing varying levels of sharpness, brightness, contrast, color saturation, motion speed, size, and frame location. By comparing two frames of 2D video, the converter’s algorithms capture as much image-point-depth-location data as possible and present stereoscopic image pairs of those points, so that they can be seen at the proper depth locations during stereoscopic viewing.
Image points whose depth cannot be determined accurately at any given time are given estimated depth locations for stereoscopic viewing. According to Dolgoff, the human brain, when presented with accurate 3D depth location information about some of the points in a scene, reconstructs memories of previously seen 3D images and fills in the missing depth information in the viewer's perception.
Dolgoff invented digital projection and the world’s first LCD projector in 1984, according to Wikipedia and has more than 65 patents granted worldwide. In an interview on the 74th episode of the netcast “Home Theater Geeks,” Dolgoff said was the one who suggested the Holodeck idea to Gene Roddenberry.
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