Friday, March 30, 2012

Working software-defined radio with a TV tuner card.

http://hackaday.com/2012/03/30/working-software-defined-radio-with-a-tv-tuner-card/

Working software-defined radio with a TV tuner card.

http://hackaday.com/2012/03/30/working-software-defined-radio-with-a-tv-tuner-card/

Tegra 4 Likely To Include Kepler DNA - Slashdot

http://tech.slashdot.org/story/12/03/30/1940235/tegra-4-likely-to-include-kepler-dna

AR.Drone Augmented Reality flying battle

http://ardrone.parrot.com




Battle over snow between 2 AR.Drones with AR.Pursuit video game.
AUGMENTED REALITY video game for 2 AR.Drone.

Watch all Parrot AR.Drone movies: http://www.youtube.com/ARdrone
Follow AR.Drone on: http://twitter.com/ardrone
Buy an AR.Drone on: http://ardrone.parrot.com/buy-ardrone

Magical HTML5 moustache.

Introducing HTML5: Video and Audio
http://www.peachpit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=1765993&seqNum=5

magical HTML5 moustache.
This is a cool AR application.  One that put's
moustache's on people.  Yea I know some webcams come with software to do that.

But
HTML5 can do AR, meaning you can use your camera phone to point to a web site and run applications that to image processing tricks.

That ability to completely change in an out the AR engine from a URL changes everything.
Since HTML5 based software isn't locked in to legacy libraries and drivers and the massive web of version compatible issues that come with it.

I only hope the HTML5 people keep their act together.

So far the most important function for being able to capture video in HTML5 is:

navigator.getUserMedia

This only works in Opera by default.  In Chrome you need to run a command line argument --enable-media-stream to enable it.

I was surprise to see that the  NVIDIA 3D Vision system used HTML5 exclusively for playback of Youtube 3D videos.


LINKS on getUserMedia

http://www.html5rocks.com/en/tutorials/getusermedia/intro/

http://dev.opera.com/articles/view/playing-with-html5-video-and-getusermedia-support/

http://www.webrtc.org/running-the-demos

http://chemicaloliver.net/internet/getusermedia-the-new-api-webcam-in-browser-using-javascript-and-html5-video/


LINKS on HTML5 Augmented Reality

http://www.linuxjournal.com/article/10920   

http://openar.net/category/html5/

http://www.onebyonedesign.com/html5/arhtml/  (sample AR application in HTML for Mobile)

http://www.web3d.org/event/s2010/X3dProfilePossibilitiesMobileHtml5AR.pdf


TWC's Stern: TV Will Evolve To 'Pandora-Like' Model - 2012-03-29 20:34:56 | Multichannel News

http://www.multichannel.com/article/482519-TWC_s_Stern_TV_Will_Evolve_To_Pandora_Like_Model.php

Thursday, March 29, 2012

HR3D: Glasses-free 3D Display using Dual-stacked LCDs

High-Rank 3D Display using Content-Adaptive Parallax Barriers
http://web.media.mit.edu/~mhirsch/hr3d/

Crystal zoetrope

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqYUYXY3cbk&sns=em

3D printed zoetrope

http://hackaday.com/2012/01/11/3d-printed-zoetrope/

Implementation of MITM Attack on HDCP-Secured Links « bunnie's blog

http://www.bunniestudios.com/blog/?p=2117

stereowrap - OpenGL stereoscopic visual wrapper - Google Project Hosting

http://code.google.com/p/stereowrap/

V-Synch detector lets you use 3D shutter glasses on Linux systems

http://hackaday.com/2012/03/28/v-synch-detector-lets-you-use-3d-shutter-glasses-on-linux-systems/

JVC Professional Europe - New IF-2D3D1 Image Processor to help improve 3D workflow

http://www.jvcproeurope.com/jpe/video/article.1170.html

Shooting 3D with 2 Cameras and Synchronisation (Camera Rigs) | XDCAM-USER.COM

http://www.xdcam-user.com/2010/11/shooting-3d-with-2-cameras-and-synchronisation-camera-rigs/

Sony 3D link option for PMW-F3: Quick Look. | XDCAM-USER.COM

http://www.xdcam-user.com/2011/12/sony-3d-link-option-for-pmw-f3-quick-look/

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

FOX and YOUTUBE here is an oppertunity going to waste.

Wired is one of the top magazines and has some klout.

I came across an interesting article on Wired.com


http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/tag/voice-of-god-weapon/







Which linked to Youtube "Gob's greatest illusion - the yacht disappears"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=hyIoiTa066E


"This video contains content from FOX, who has blocked it on copyright grounds."

What a missed opportunity. If I were a share holder I'd be getting a little upset about this by now.

I mean Wired I am sure would be more then happy to license this clip as it would any still or clip from FOX I know there are middlemen that do just that for traditional Broadcast medium.

What this just a miss step on Wired part?
Is this because the author didn't know to use some obscure streaming service that does just this very thing? 

So in the end, Wired who I am sure would be a happy paying customer, get's an unprofessional result. 

Shut down by Fox through Youtube, the only thing not turning this FAIL/FAIL in to profitable WIN/WIN is a small amount of Code and an agreement by the lawyers and the suits.

Just imagine how it would also empower others who also wish to include a video that references modern popular culture.


Original Page 3/28/2012

BeagleBone for embedded video and image processing. OpenCV, OpenNI


At over 1.5 billion Dhrystone operations per second and vector floating point arithmetic operations, the BeagleBone is capable of not just interfacing to all of your robotics motor drivers, location or pressure sensors and 2D or 3D cameras, but also running OpenCV, OpenNI and other image collection and analysis software to recognize the objects around your robot and the gestures you might make to control it. Through HDMI, VGA or LCD expansion boards, it is capable of decoding and displaying multiple video formats utilizing a completely open source software stack and synchronizing playback over Ethernet or USB with other BeagleBoards to create massive video walls. If what you are into is building 3D printers, then the BeagleBone has the extensive PWM capabilities, the on-chip Ethernet and the 3D rendering and manipulation capabilities all help you eliminate both your underpowered microcontroller-based controller board as well as that PC from your basement.


  • Board size: 3.4" x 2.1"
  • Shipped with 4 GB microSD card with the Angstrom Distribution with node.js and Cloud9 IDE
  • Single cable development environment with built-in FTDI-based serial/JTAG and on-board hub to give the same cable simultaneous access to a USB device port on the target processor
  • Industry standard 3.3V I/Os on the expansion headers with easy-to-use 0.1" spacing
  • On-chip Ethernet, not off of USB
  • 256MB of DDR2
  • 700-MHz super-scalar ARM Cortex™-A8
  • Easier to clone thanks to larger pitch on BGA devices (0.8mm vs. 0.4mm), no package-on-package memories, standard DDR2 vs. LPDDR, integrated USB PHYs and more.





https://www.adafruit.com/products/513  Current Retail price of $89

From the makers of the Beagle Board, we now have a smaller, lighter, but powerful single board linux computer, Beagle Bone! We like this move to a more compact and integrated SBC. For example, there is onboard Ethernet and USB host, as well as a USB client interface (a FTDI chip for shell access). It even comes preloaded with Angstrom Linux on the 4 GB microSD card!

Package includes:
  • Fully assembled and tested BeagleBone A5
  • Mini-B USB cable
  • 4 GB microSD card with preloaded Angstrom Linux
  • MicroSD to SD card adapter

NeTV - Open Source Hardware HDMI overlaying & video compositing

NeTV enables overlaying your web content on existing HDMI video feeds, such as those from a BluRay player or cable box.




Inside, it's an Angstrom linux box running Webkit that features chroma-key video compositing. Out of the box, the reference firmware enables the overlay of Facebook and Twitter feeds, and SMSes from Android phones. The UI is written in Javascript/HTML, making it easy and fast to develop your custom application.

The system also features a convenient HTTP API which uses POST commands to issue events to the screen and control device behavior. This, combined with zeroconf discoverability via Bonjour, makes integrating NeTV with other networked devices (such as your smartphone or laptop) a snap.

FPGA geeks take note! NeTV does video compositing with an FPGA. The FPGA is managed using a convenient set of built-in command-line tools. You can modify the NeTV's video processing capability using Xilinx's free Webkit development environment. Or, you can repurpose the FPGA for entirely new functionality.


$119 from   http://www.adafruit.com/products/609


Summary of development environment options for NeTV:
  • UI & application development in Javascript/HTML running on Webkit
  • Remote control using iOS/Android reference apps via HTTP API
  • Command line and kernel development via downloadable gcc environment, or via cloud-based "pre-built" Amazon EC2 environment.
  • Verilog/VHDL hardware development on FPGA via Xilinx Webpack tools
  • Solder-and-screws hardware development enabled via open source hardware stack


  • Board Size: 94mm x 57mm
  • 800 MHz Marvell PXA168 CPU (Marvell(R) Sheeva(TM) PJ-1 ARMv5TE-compliant with Intel WMMX2 extensions; 32kB/32kB L1 cache; 128kB L2 cache)
  • 128 MB DDR2 DRAM, 16-bits x 800MT/s
  • 1 GB microSD card pre-loaded with Angstrom-derived Linux distribution * User-accessible Xilinx Spartan-6 XC6SLX9 FPGA
  • HDMI input and output ports, compatible with pixclock speeds of 95MHz
  • Native resolution support for 480p, 576p, 720p, 1080p/24, 1080i/60
  • Video overlay on HDCP encrypted feeds
  • MicroUSB port for power and USB gadget support (attaches as ethernet device)
  • Embedded 802.11b/g wifi card
  • IR receiver
  • IR extender port
  • Pushbutton that triggers easy to use wifi-based firmware recovery mode
  • Blue and green status LEDs
  • Wifi configuration via IR remote and/or supporting Android app


Kit contains:
  • NeTV PCB board and IR remote
  • NeTV plastic enclosure kit: This is the plastic enclosure for an NeTV PCB. This lovely little box is made of two injection molded halves, a soft rubber anti-slip bottom, and a small baggie of screws. Assembly is simple and only takes a few minutes. Attach the NeTV using the short screws to the bottom plate. Remove the paper backing from the antenna and stick to the underside of the top piece, then fit the large top over it and snap in place. Screw in the 4 longer screws from the bottom. Finish by applying the rubber mat piece to the bottom to hide the screws. You're done!
  • 5V 1A USB power supply
  • MicroUSB cable
  • HDMI cable


NeTV is the first offering from the brand new Sutajio Ko-Usagi, the Open Source Hardware company led by "bunnie" Huang. bunnie is best known as the author of "Hacking the XBox" and was the lead hardware engineer of the chumby internet alarm clock. So, it is no surprise that his latest invention, conceived in chumby industries' Singapore office and brought to you by Sutajio Ko-Usagi, is a fully open source HDTV peripheral which brings WiFi Internet and Android mobile interfacing to any HDMI TV!

NeTV is available here in bare board form with an optional DIY plastics kit! This package does not have the enclosure fully assembled with the PCB, you will have to snap the NeTV into its case, a 5-10 minute task. This package contains the NeTV assembled and tested board, IR remote (to control the NeTV from your couch), a Micro-USB cable (to connect/power the NeTV), a 5V 1A USB power supply (to power the board), and an HDMI cable (to connect it to the HDTV)


Need more? Here's a video with an overview: http://kosagi.com/netv/netv_demo.html

See also
Chumby’s new NeTV makes almost ‘any TV’ into an Internet connected device

Comcast provides first glimpse at Skype TV app - FierceCable

http://www.fiercecable.com/story/comcast-provides-first-glimpse-skype-tv-app/2011-07-04?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal

Fwd: Driven by Smartphones and Tablets, the Market for Mobile Processors Is Projected to Reach 1.9 B...

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Driven by Smartphones and Tablets, the Market for Mobile Processors Is Projected to Reach 1.9 Billion Units Annually by 2016, Says NPD In-Stat

Scottsdale, Ariz., March 28, 2012—The term "mobile processor" refers to a range of processors used in mobile CE devices, often referred to as applications processors and central processing units (CPUs). These highly flexible mobile processors are used in multifunction devices that combine computing, communications, entertainment, and/or productivity capabilities. Mobile devices include e-readers, handheld game consoles (HGCs), mobile PCs, portable media players (PMPs), smartphones, and tablets. New NPD In-Stat (www.in-stat.com) research, reports that the growth of mobile processors in 2011 exceeded 43% and is forecast to grow at a 22% CAGR through 2016.

"Although the total available market for mobile processors continues to grow, the emergence of industry leaders in the high-growth mobile device segment is becoming a key factor in the success of processor vendors," says Jim McGregor, Chief Technology Strategist. "Just having a captive smartphone and tablet market has propelled Apple into second place for the entire mobile processor market just behind industry leader Intel. In 2012, Apple will likely capture the top spot, in terms of unit shipments, driven by the success of its iPhone and iPad. Other companies that benefitted greatly from new product releases or dominance by their OEM customers included Nvidia, Texas Instruments, Qualcomm, and Samsung."

Key research findings include:

  • For all mobile devices, ARM is the dominant processor architecture with over 73% of all units shipped and is growing.
  • Intel's dominance continues in mobile PCs, while Apple, Qualcomm, and Samsung claim the top spots in other CE devices.
  • Smartphones and tablets represent the greatest opportunity for growth with a combined 75% growth in 2011 and 29.3% CAGR expected through 2016.
  • In-Stat anticipates consolidation in the mobile processor market beginning in the 2013/2014 timeframe.
  • The release of Windows 8 later this year will be a pivotal point in the competition between the ARM and x86 processor architectures.

New In-Stat research, Mobile Processor Architectures, Devices, and Market Shares, Q4'11 (#IN1204993SI), examines the vendors, markets, and issues surrounding the mobile processor market. As the first in a quarterly series of reports on mobile processors and mobile graphics, the mobile processor report provides in-depth analysis on key issues in the market as well as unit forecasts:

  • Quarterly shipment forecast by mobile processor vendor
  • Quarterly shipment forecast by application: mobile PCs, PMPs, HGCs, e-readers, tablets, smartphones
  • Quarterly shipment forecast by processor architecture, including ARM, MIPS, and x86
  • Analysis of key issues potentially impacting the market, including the battle between ARM and x86, the pending release of Windows 8, the make vs. buy decision, differentiation and integration, the growth of the low-cost segments, industry consolidation, technology adoption and migration, manufacturing, and legal issues
  • Five-year outlook for the market
  • Processor and vendor profiles for Amlogic, Anyka, AMD, Apple, Broadcom, Freescale Semiconductor, HiSilicon, Ingenic Semiconductor, Intel, Marvell Technology Group, MediaTek, NuFront, Nvidia, Qualcomm, Renesas Mobile, Rockchip, Samsung, Shanghai Jade Tech, Spreadtrum, ST-Ericsson, Texas Instruments, VIA Technologies, Vimicro, and ZiiLABS

This research is part of In-Stat's Mobile Technology service, which provides analysis of the market for technologies, IP, and semiconductors that enable next-generation mobile devices, including processors, graphics, modems, GPS, displays, memory, storage, operating systems, software, and human interfaces.

About NPD In-Stat

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Technology Microsoft could be working on gaming helmet and eyewear

A recently surfaced Microsoft patent looks like they could be looking into reinvigorating the gaming space with displays built into eyewear and helmets.


Microsoft's system, a virtual image projector, could be built into helmets, goggles, and other types of eyewear. It would involve two different images, one projected in front of each eye, providing a stereoscopic 3D experience.
The projectors would be partially transparent, so you could play a game while still seeing a semblance of your natural environment. Alternately, a game could merge the real world with a virtual world beamed in front of your retinas.
There's one fundamental problem of having a display projected so close to your eye, though: The human eye can't focus on images less than an inch or two away. Microsoft's patent solves this problem by projecting the image as if it's viewed at arm's length. Projected scenes appear to be 21 inches in diagonal with a 16:9 aspect ratio.
Such " wearables" are commonly regarded as the next frontier of tech. Google has reportedly been working on a sunglasses-like heads-up display (HUD) unit that could go on sale before the end of the year. Apple has also dabbled in eye-worn displays, if past patents are any indicator. Other types of wearable technology could be built into clothing, or even be embedded in your flesh.
As for the helmet, the more awkward potential implementation of this projector technology, Microsoft envisions it could be used in aviation applications in addition to gaming.


From: Wired.com
  

A history of 3D cinema

1826  French inventor Nicéphore Niépce made the first permanent photograph from nature with a camera obscura


1838 Charles Wheatstone invented the stereogram. He found an explanation of binocular vision which led him to construct a stereoscope based on a combination of prisms and mirrors to allow a person to see 3D images from two 2D pictures.

1855 James Clerk Maxwell  developed color theory and the perception of color,

1861 The first color photograph made by the three-color method suggested by James Clerk Maxwell in 1855, taken by Thomas Sutton.

1861 Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. invented an improved form of stereoscope which had no mirrors and was inexpensive to produce. These stereoscopes were immensely popular for decades.

1888 Thomas Edison invents the Kinetoscope also known as a peep-hole viewer.

1894 William Friese-Greene files a patent application for a 3D viewing process using two screens side by side, united in the viewer's eye by a cumbersome stereoscope headset.

From Wikipedia:
"In the early 1890's he experimented with cameras to create stereoscopic moving images but met with limited success. Friese-Greene’s experiments in the field of motion pictures were at the expense of his other business interests and in 1891 he was declared bankrupt. To cover his debts he sold the rights to the 'chronophotographic' camera patent no. 10131 for £500. The renewal fee was never paid and the patent eventually lapsed."

1894 Herman Casler invents the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutoscope a peep-hole viewer
like Thomas Edison's Kinetoscope

1894-6, Thomas Armat's Vitascope, manufactured by the Edison factory and marketed in Edison's name, was used to project motion pictures in public screenings in New York City.

1903 Frederic Eugene Ives patented the parallax stereogram, the first "no glasses" autostereoscopic 3-D display technology. A compound image consisting of fine interlaced vertical slivers of a stereoscopic pair of images was seen in 3-D when viewed through a slightly separated fine grid of correctly spaced alternating opaque and transparent vertical lines, now known as a parallax barrier.


1905 Auto-Stereoscope by Rosenfield Manufacturing Company, New York, NY, coin-operated, drop card machine



1914 "Niagara Falls" (short) , Porter-Waddell Stereoscopic Process

1915 "Jim the Penman",  the first anaglyph movie Edwin S Porter,  and William E. Waddell  red-green anaglyph test shorts in New York, but his process is never developed further. The film used was simple footage of rural landscapes and short excerpts of previous films that had been converted in to the format.

1921 Rêve d'opium France Stereo Parolini

1922 "The Power of Love", using a system developed by cinematographer Robert F Elder, is the first 3D movie screened for a paying audience, in Los Angeles.  Fairhall-Elder 3-D

1922 "The Man From MARS" aka Radio-Mania  An inventor succeeds in making contact with Mars via television. Teleview (dual-strip 3-D) (single-strip/frame sequential release print)  Using two projectors synchronised with stereo headsets, Laurens Hammond and William Cassidy present a series of shorts plus one feature, The Man From MARS, but it played only at the sole cinema equipped to project it.

"Plastigrams" This film was released on 17 December 1922 in the Ives-Leventhal stereoscopic


"Movies of The Future"

1923 Frederick Eugene Ives and Joseph Levanthal present several 3D shorts for Pathe Films.

1925 Zowie, Luna-cy!, Ouch!, A Runaway Taxi( all 3D Shorts)

1929  Edwin H. Land invented and patented a polarizing sheet. He gave the first demonstration of Polaroid filters in conjunction with 3-D photography at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in January 1936

1935 MGM's Audioscopics, developed by Joseph Leventhal and John Norling, wins the Best Short Subject (Novelty) Academy Award. 

1936  "Nozze vagabonde" (Italian: Beggers Wedding) using Systeme Gualtiero Gualtierotti single-strip 3-D system. It was the first 3-D talkie film (with a synchronized soundtrack) to encourage the use of 3D polarizing glasses by its viewing audience. 
 
"Zum Greifen nah" (German: Within reach or  You Can Nearly Touch It).

NAZI's present Raumbild 3D Film technology at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

1939 The first commercial Polaroid 3-D film in the U.S.; commissioned by Chrysler for showing at the Chrysler Motor Pavilion at the 1939 New York World's Fair, under the title "In Tune With Tomorrow", the 15-minute short depicted a full 1939 Chrysler Plymouth being magically put together (in stop-motion), set to music. It was so popular that Chrysler commissioned a color remake for the second year of the fair, under the title "New Dimensions"; the color version was released theatrically by R.K.O. in 1953 as "Motor Rhythm"


1952-55 The first boom period in 3D cinema, led by Bwana Devil, Andre de Toth's House of Wax (the first of four 3D movies to star the determinedly one-dimensional Vincent Price, the Olivier of the form), and Dial M for Murder (filmed 3D, released "flat"). As TV menaces the studios (lately forced by the US Supreme Court to sell their cinemas), they push all kinds of new formats such as Cinerama, CinemaScope, Technicolor and VistaVision.


1953 It Came from Outer Space
If you have Red/blue glasses this image is worth viewing. Click for full size.



1973 Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey revive the now seemingly obsolete format for Flesh For Frankenstein, in the short-lived Stereovision format. The skewering of one character, whose extruded heart dangles horribly close to the 3D viewer's eye, is a particular highlight of the film.



1982  Lenny Lipton's book Foundations of the Stereoscopic Cinema, is published. 
Friday the 13th Part III in 3D
1983 Jaws 3D , Amityville 3D

1985  We Are Born of Stars (IMAX 3D)


1986 The world's first IMAX 3D system premieres at the Canada Pavilion, EXPO '86 in Vancouver, Canada.   Transitions (IMAX 3D)

1990 Echoes of the Sun  (First IMAX DOME 3D film.)

1995 Wings of Courage, Across the Sea of Time,  (IMAX 3D)


1996 L5: First City in Space  (IMAX 3D)

1999 Encounter in the Third Dimension (IMAX 3D) tries to show the history of 3-D film,
Alien Adventure  (IMAX 3D), Siegfried & Roy: The Magic Box (IMAX 3D)

2003 James Cameron's "Ghosts of the Abyss", a 3D documentary tour of the Titanic wreckage

2004 "The Polar Express" makes cinematic history as the world's first full- length IMAX 3D Hollywood feature. Make $121M on 3500 2-D screens and $49M on only 68 3-D screens. The IMAX 3D version shatters box office records worldwide and becomes the highest grossing digitally re-mastered IMAX release at over $60 million on under 100 screens.

Insane Clown Posse's short film "Bowling Balls" is the first high-definition 3D short.

2006 – "Superman Returns: An IMAX 3D Experience" becomes the world's first live-action Hollywood title to be released with select scenes converted into IMAX 3D using IMAX's proprietary live-action 2D to 3D digital conversion technology. 

2007 - IMAX signs a four picture deal with DreamWorks Animation. The agreement marks IMAX's first multiple 3D picture deal with a Hollywood studio. 

2008 Journey to the Center of the Earth

2009 Avatar break box office records.   Coraline, My Bloody Valentine 3D,
The IMAX 3D camera returns to space on board the NASA Space Shuttle Atlantis to chronicle the final mission of The Hubble Telescope for the Warner Bros. and IMAX co-production: ‘Hubble 3D’.

2013 Titanic and Starwars are re-released in 3D, I assume some 2D to 3D conversion was applied.

2016  Avatar 2 is expected.


Sources:
  http://www.filmprojectors.eu/
  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutoscope
  http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2009/aug/20/3d-film-history
  http://www.s3dcentre.ca/news/nazi-3d-philippe-mora-and-me
  http://www.imax.com/corporate/history/
  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_IMAX_films
  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3D_film
  http://www.imdb.com/keyword/3-dimensional/?sort=release_date
  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_3-D_films
  http://www.genordell.com/stores/lantern/stereo3D.htm
  http://the3drevolution.blogspot.com/2009/10/3-d-film-formats-beyond-real-d-dolby3d.html
  http://books.google.com/books?ei=bFh2T6bWD4SOiAK6x5GnDg&id=C1dgJ3-y1ZsC&dq=Nozze+vagabonde+olympics&ots=iUSYONG3Zo&q=vagabonde#v=snippet&q=vagabonde&f=false

Raumbild - Pre WW2 German 3D Cinema

GermanEnglish
Raumspace
bildpicture
Verlagpublisher

Raumbild-Verlag also know as a Stereoscope


Read More:
NAZI 3-D MAGAZINE DAS RAUMBILD


Technology Filmmaker discovers Nazi 3D movies from the 1930s

http://www.filmprojectors.eu/pageshow1.asp?curpage=1&catid=16

Technology Filmmaker discovers Nazi 3D movies from the 1930s

From Wired.com:

Decades before Hollywood shlockmeisters rolled out their gimmicky spectacles in the mid-'50s, Nazi filmmakers made 3D propaganda films using their own versions of the format.

Stored in an obscure corner of Berlin's Federal Archives, two black-and-white shorts shot in 1936 were discovered by Australian director Philippe Mora as he researched a project on Third Reich cinema.

Mora told Variety the 3D Nazi movies, evidently filmed with a prism in front of two lenses, "were made … for Goebbels' propaganda ministry and referred to as raum film -- or space film -- which may be why no one ever realised since that they were 3D."

The half-hour films include a musical, So Real You Can Touch It, featuring close-ups of sizzling bratwurst. Six Girls Roll Into Weekend follows a group of Nazi starlets.

"The quality of the films is fantastic," Mora said. "The Nazis were obsessed with recording everything and every single image was controlled -- it was all part of how they gained control of the country and its people."

Mora, who believes there are more Nazi 3D films waiting to be unearthed, is already digging into his next project: a 3D biopic about Salvador Dali.

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From  Variety:

Third Reich 3D movies unearthed


Documaker Philippe Mora finds unknown pre-war pics

Films shot on 3D in pre-war Nazi Germany have been unearthed in Berlin's Federal Archives.

Two 30 minute black and white propaganda films in 1936 were found by Australian director Philippe Mora, who is prepping a feature length documentary on how the Nazis used images to manipulate reality.

Mora broke new ground with his first film "Swastika" when it was released in 1973 featuring previously unseen color footage from Hitler's "home" movies shot on a 16mm camera by his mistress Eva Braun at the Berghof mountain retreat at Obersalzberg in the Bavarian alps.

Now he has discovered that the Nazis were decades ahead of Hollywood in developing a medium first popularized in the 1950s and now enjoying an international renaissance.

"The films are shot on 35mm -- apparently with a prism in front of two lenses," Mora who is at the Berlinale for his planned $13 million 3D biopic on Salvador Dali, starring Alan Cumming and Judy Davis that he plans to shoot in Germany, Australia and Spain.

"They were made by an independent studio for Goebbels' propaganda ministry and referred to as 'raum film' -- or space film -- which may be why no one ever realised since that they were 3D."

One film, a musical set during a carnival entitled "So Real You Can Touch It" features close up shots of sizzling bratwurst on a barbeque; the other "Six Girls Roll into Weekend" has what may be UFA studio starlets living it up.

"The quality of the films is fantastic. The Nazis were obsessed with recording everything and every single image was controlled -- it was all part of how they gained control of the country and its people," Mora said.

He plans to incorporate the material in a 3D section of his documentary -- working title "How the Third Reich Was Recorded" -- and is convinced there is more vintage 3D footage out there to be found.

From http://www.s3dcentre.ca/news/nazi-3d-philippe-mora-and-me:

The Search For 3D in The Third Reich.

Mora told the audience about two Nazi stereoscopic films (shot using a process that the Nazi’s called Raumbild) that he discovered last February. Yet, what was even more unbelievable was the fact that German scientists had employed the 3D film and projection medium during the 1936 Berlin Olympics

“We subsequently discovered that a Technical unit of engineers working with Zeiss Ikon at the Technical and Physics institute in Braunschweig in 1935 and 1936 built special 16MM high-speed stereoscopic units to film certain events at the Olympics. Why? We believe they had determined that in a close race a still photo may be an inaccurate image of who won, depending on the position of the camera.

They built two stereoscopic rigs to film the events in 16MM at 50 frames per second from a special tower over-looking the finishing line. The cameras were triggered by the starter’s pistol. Even more enterprising they developed the film within seven minutes of the races finishing, and projected them with two projectors to examine the races in 3D. Many results were corrected when the judges viewed the stereoscopic films”

From  http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2011/feb/16/nazi-3d-films-discovered

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Arduino Face Follower

http://marco.guardigli.it/2010/01/arduinoprocessing-face-follower.html?m=1

Capturing video with an arduino

FromHack-A-Day:



[Carlos Agell] sent in a tip where he captured images from an analog camera with an Arduino.

We’ve seen a few AVR/Arduino hacks that generate video, although overclocking is necessary if you want to do anything beyond a Breakout clone. [Carlos]‘ hack bucks that trend and now he can capture video with an Arduino.

The project captures individual frames from NTSC video at a resolution of 128×96. Although the Arduino isn’t powerful enough for real-time capture, [Carlos] managed this by capturing only thresholds and sending them over to a computer running a program coded in LabVIEW. The PC program reassembles the images of the thresholds and produces a tiny image in 3-bit grayscale.

[Carlos] used the Video Experimenter shield which is impressive in it’s own right. The Video Experimenter is able to do object tracking and edge detection, so we’re wondering when we’ll see robots with computer vision running off an Arduino. Check out a demo of the nootropic design video experimenter shield after the break.

UPDATE: Carlos wrote a sketch in Processing that does the same thing as his LabVIEW program.

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Convert video into meta-data

http://veenome.com/

Convert video into meta-data for ad targeting, search and monetization

Veenome is an API that translates video content into data for superior organization, publishing, sharing, searching and monetization. In doing this Veenome identifies the products, object, brands and people in video. We do this by analyzing the visual patterns found in the frames of the video to create tags.



This should be a boon to the new area of VSEO.

New Samsung TV Watches You Watching It - Slashdot

http://yro.slashdot.org/story/12/03/21/2117236/new-samsung-tv-watches-you-watching-it

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Friday, March 16, 2012

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Monday, March 12, 2012

Intel Said to Seek Programming Rights to Start Online Television Service- Bloomberg

Great way to piss away money.

http://mobile.bloomberg.com/news/2012-03-13/intel-said-to-seek-programming-rights-to-start-online-television-service.html

Barry Diller to broadcasters suing TV service Aereo: Bring it on | Digital Media - CNET News

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57395027-93/barry-diller-to-broadcasters-suing-tv-service-aereo-bring-it-on/

Fwd: International Research Park Offers Future Perspective on Media Technology at NAB Show

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INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH PARK OFFERS FUTURE PERSPECTIVE ON MEDIA TECHNOLOGY AT NAB SHOW

Washington, DC -- International Research Park (IRP), a special attraction at NAB Show, will feature dozens of new and emerging technologies, including the first U.S. presentation of a 200-inch, glasses-free 3D projection system. IRP, presented by NAB Labs, is a venue designed to highlight advanced projects underway in academic, government and commercial research laboratories worldwide. Located in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, IRP is open to all attendees during NAB Show April 16-19.

"A visit to the International Research Park will give you a glimpse into the future of our industry," said NAB Chief Technology Officer Kevin Gage. "Research organizations are making fundamental breakthroughs that are propelling innovation and impacting prospects for the future."

The first U.S. demonstration of a 200-inch, glasses-free 3D projection system will be presented by the Japanese national research lab, National Institute for Information and Communication Technology (NICT). As the world's largest display of its kind, the viewing zone for the demonstration is large enough for 30 people to optimally view 3D images without eyewear.

Other demonstrations in IRP will include hybrid radio and television broadcasting proposals (including converged broadcast/wireless-telecom systems), multi-sensory media presentations, 4k video streaming, high-dynamic range and multi-spectral video, enhanced media accessibility for visually and aurally impaired users, 2D and 3D multi-viewpoint video, advanced file-based workflows, advanced interactive gesture control and data visualization technologies.

Organizations exhibiting in International Research Park include Advanced Media Workflow Association (USA); Communications Research Center (Canada); Digicave, Ltd./Timeslice Films, Ltd. (UK); Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (Korea); Framework for Interoperable Media Services (USA/Switzerland), a joint venture of the Advanced Media Workflow Association and the European Broadcasting Union; goHDR Ltd. (UK); Internet Media Device Alliance (USA/Germany); National Institute for Information and Communications Technology (Japan); NPR Labs (USA); Project FINE (Spain); Rochester Institute of Technology (USA); Ryerson University (Canada) and Zaxel Corp. (Japan).

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March 12, 1923: Talkies Talk ... On Their Own | This Day In Tech | Wired.com

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MIT Fiber Points To Woven Glasses-Free 3D Displays - Slashdot

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Friday, March 09, 2012

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3DX: New 3D Technology Changing How Big Brands Advertise

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3DX: New 3D Technology Changing How Big Brands Advertise

Los Angeles, CA – The concept of 3D print advertising has always been a no-brainer: if the message is more entertaining, it should stand out and drive better results.  Then why hasn't 3D become a strong and major channel for companies looking to grab potential customers' attention? 
 
The answer is remarkably simple: it's hard to impress anyone with technology that has been in use for over 60 years.  Even when the print world expanded into ads on computers and mobile devices, when it came to 3D, companies were still relying on the same tired anaglyphs that utilized the old red/cyan glasses that were iconic in the 1950s.  Yet year after year, big brands have continued testing this medium, with recent examples including Sports Illustrated, Playboy, Vogue, and even the Kardashians.  Regardless of the topic, this dated technology has a limit, and with that boundary comes limited image depth, ghosting, poor color management, and annoying eyestrains.
 
That's where Los Angeles based tech company 3DX has come in and already made its mark on the advertising world.  As 3DX CEO Ziggy Kormandel sees it, there isn't a place for old technology in today's world. "It amazed me that today's consumer – who is no stranger to voicing his or her opinion – was basically giving 3D a free pass," he said. "Yet these are the same people who line up to pay an extra $5-10 to see a 3D movie.  We found that disconnect fascinating and aimed to bridge the gap between 3D expectations and actual performance."  3DX ventured into the print space with a direct mail test that featured its patented Phantaglyph® technology, and the conversion rates immediately told Kormandel that the hunger for a higher-quality 3D product was out there.  "Our Phantaglyphs® are unreal; they're stunning 3D images that rise off a printed page, tablet, or mobile device like a holograph in a sci-fi movie.  If someone wants their brand to literally stand out, we can make it happen."
 
The level of 3DX's quality and expertise has already attracted some of the most known names out there today.  After successful projects with Sony and Honda, world-renowned direct marketing company Guthy-Renker™ was impressed as well and recently brought 3DX in on a campaign featuring one of the biggest names in music and entertainment today.
 
"3DX's technology is intriguing and with our celebrity spokesperson roster and social activation goals, exploring the incorporation of 3D imagery was an exciting and innovative step for us," said Corrie Murphy, Vice President of PR and Social Media for Guthy-Renker. "The 3D images are eye-catching and represent something new for our brand."
 
Kormandel is already viewing the landscape and planning his next moves. "3DX's technology allows brands to take their normal methods of marketing and add an extra level of entertainment.  We're not finding many limits either. From mobile games and applications to cereal boxes, 3D floor rugs, and even the next evolution of pop-up books, we're able to capture attention faster and better.  Who wouldn't want that?"
 
To learn more about 3DX and receive a free pair of 3D glasses to experience the technology, visit www.Go3DX.com
 

Super Hi-Vision at 120fps for Olympics


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Super Hi-Vision at 120fps for Olympics

Posted: 08 Mar 2012 05:12 AM PST

NHK is developing an 8K image sensor for its Super Hi-Vision Ultra HD system capable of 120 frames per second, which it plans to unveil in Tokyo on 23 April and should be ready for use at the London Olympics.

The new 33-megapixel (7680x4320 pixel) CMOS sensor will use an advanced two-stage (4-bit then 8-bit) cyclic analogue-to-digital converter to deliver a 12-bit image at the higher frame rate (twice that of the current SHV cameras). This architecture also allows it to reduce power consumption, with the ADC drawing 800mW (out of a total drive power of 2.5W). To deal with the high number of pixels involved, the sensor outputs alternating rows of pixels to ADCs on either side, each of which has 48 parallel outputs.

The sensors will probably still get rather warm at these frame rates, so heat management will be a significant issue. Each pixel measures 2.8 x 2.8 microns, and the 26.5 x 21.2mm chip (which is about the width of a Super35mm sensor, but taller) will use a 0.18-micron manufacturing process. The chip is being developed with Shizuoka University, and engineers revealed details of the sensor at the recent IEEE International Solid-State Circuit Conference in San Francisco.

Two SHV cameras will be used to capture parts of the 2012 Olympics, with transmission to three large screens around the UK (plus one in the International Broadcast Centre) and three in Japan. Having the 120fps sensor will reduce motion blur and allow for much better slo-mo replay.

However, as the resolution increases (and 8K is 16 times the resolution of HD), motion defects become much more noticeable. "300 frames per second might just be acceptable, but 600fps would be better," said colour scientist and camera consultant, Alan Roberts. At 300fps, the material would also be easily compatible with both 50 and 60Hz display.

Using Long GoP compression, which typically combines a group of pictures in half a second, would lead to a GoP of 150 or 300 frames, but this wouldn't lead to huge bandwidth requirements. "The motion between frames is very small, so the compression is much easier," he explained, which means the increase in bit rate needed to convey high framerate material is minimal. "The problem is in the shooting and the editing, because of the monstrous data files you have to deal with," he added.

By David Fox, TVB Europe

Disruptive Media Conference: Profiting in Entertainment's New Landscape



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The Disruptive Media Conference, produced in partnership with Digital Media Wire, gathers broader-casters who oversee the digital and interactive divisions within their companies to explore developments in online video, mobile and branded entertainment. The two half-day programs cover disruptive media as well as more traditional OTT technologies and how these are impacting business models for distribution and consumer engagement.

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Last year, YouTube revealed its plans to make $100 million investment in original quality channels. Moreover, Hulu and Netflix started carrying original programming, further blurring the lines between the Web and TV. In a time of sweeping media change, how can the major TV and cable networks maintain their viewership when Americans are increasingly distracted by social media, games, and web video? MORE

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