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Kodak shows off Nvidia based 3D stereo system

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Tue Aug 10 2004, 13:14
EASTMAN KODAK will display a 3D Stereo Display system at the Siggraph show today.

Systems will go for sale in October.

The firm said it will display stereo media content including live concert footage, and using a 3D Ikegami LK-33 video camera system.

You don't need to wear special glasses.

It said a system will be available for sale in October, and provides the equivalent of having an Imax movie theatre on a desktop display.

Kodak said the user sits in front of a system which creates a virtual image of two high res LCD displays, one for each eye. The person looks into two "balls of light" which give each eye magnified image of one of the two displays.

The-kodak-systemThe footprint of the system is about the size of a 21-inch monitor and can be used with regular off the shelf video cards.

It requires two separate video signals and the system Kodak is demonstrating uses an IBM Intellistation Z-pro with a PNY Quadro FX2000. The firm said that for apps that output in a page swap mode it uses an AGP Geforce 4 Nvidia graphics board, because that can use the internal NVDA stereo capabilities. The signal is sent to a CYVIZ stereo decoder box which separates it into right and left eye signals. Fresh drivers from Nvidia could get rid of the decoder box, Kodak said.

The stereo 3D system is aimed at data visualisation, medical applications, military, entertainment, "virtual shops", museum displays and teaching aids. µ


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