Tuesday, July 31, 2007

TD VIsor - 720p HD HMD coming in September

TDVision Systems, used the Las Vegas CES show to introduce a new 3-D system that uses a high-definition camera called the TDVCam. The technology allows images to be recorded simultaneously for both 3-D and 2-D viewers.
The TDVCam captures a 2-D stereoscopic video stream and then converts it to allow 3-D viewing on any 2-D platform. Viewers purchasing the TDVisor, a set of $500 3-D goggles with built-in standard-definition video screens and decoders, can view the 2-D images as a 3-D signal. The camera’s 2-D signal operates as usual and can be viewed in any 2-D monitor. HD versions of the goggles, weighing six ounces, are available in 800 x 600, 1024 x 768 and 1280 x 720 resolutions. A viewer using TDVisor goggles can adjust the interocular distance (distance between the eyes). The optics allow an equivalent screen size of 72-inches diagonal at 10-feet for the 800 x 600 version and 108-inches at 10-feet for the HD version.
The company said it's initially focused on gaming and digital imaging but are working with broadcasters and cable networks to create and deliver 3-D high definition in the near future. "TDVision can easily add the encoding technology to other cameras because it does not involve optics," said Manuel Gutierrez, TDVision Systems CTO and chairman. This camera seems promising considering the jump to 1024x768 resolution.. the recent emagin hadset had 800x600. The FoV(Field of View) seems to be better as well but where are the HMD's with 180 degrees FOV?! Only when that comes will VR really catch on, at least for entertainment.

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