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Photo Album of the Stereoscopic Displays and Applications IX (1998) Conference

The Keynote

This year's keynote presentation was given by Mr Peter Smith from the University of Arizona. Peter was the principal investigator of the team which developed the IMP (Imager for Mars Pathfinder) - the stereoscopic camera fitted to the lander of the recent Mars Pathfinder mission. Peter's presentation made full use of the stereoscopic projection facilities with the presentation of the high-resolution stereoscopic panoramas taken by the IMP camera and stereoscopic projection of a VRML model of the Mars Pathfinder lander and the Sojourner rover at the landing site.

Peter Smith caught mid-sentence
during his presentation.
Peter silhouetted by one of the stereoscopic
images projected during his presentation.

Ted Blackmon (far right) answers one of the questions at the end of the Keynote presentation. Scott Fisher (far left) was the chair of this session.

The Equipment

This year we again had a high quality collection of equipment to allow the display of 3D videos and 3D stills to the audience.

Pictured at right is the 3D slide projection equipment - a pair of 35mm slide projectors fitted with circular polarising filters project onto a silvered projection screen. The adjustable rack is a must.

Behind the scenes we had an almost scary amount of video equipment bringing the audience probably the best quality 3D video projection currently available. Equipment included: two Betacam decks (QD,UW) with edit controller (UW) (for playback of dual (left/right) Betacam tapes and single tape field-sequential Betacam), SVHS VCR (QD) (for playback of field-sequential VHS and SVHS), D3 deck (QD) (for playback of field-sequential D3), a StereoGraphics side-by-side (dual output) playback unit (SG) (allowing the playback of StereoGraphics side-by-side format video from any of the previous three sources), a field-sequential demultiplexer (QD), two QD7500 line doublers (QD), two three-gun CRT video projectors (fitted with left and right circular polarizers) (QD) and the "3D Black Screen" stereoscopic rear projection screen (QD). The picture shows Brad Nelson working behind the scenes keeping everything in order. The audience wore Polaroid II circularly polarised 3D glasses for an absolutely awesome result! (Equipment marked (QD) was provided by QD Technology, (SG) was provided by StereoGraphics and (UW) provided by University of Washington.)

Daryl Rasmusen and Ted Blackmon from NASA Ames also brought a range of equipment for Peter Smith's Keynote presentation. An Intergraph workstation was used as the image source for the stereoscopic computer graphics which was projected onto a silvered projection screen using a 3 gun CRT video projector fitted with a StereoGraphics Z-Screen.

3D Footage

In addition to many of the presenters using stereoscopic projection during their presentations, we also screened a number of stereoscopic videos during the breaks.

On Wednesday we were priviledged to be able to show 3D footage of the Titanic wrecksite. The footage was recorded by Emory Kristof of the National Geographic Society on a dive on the wreck using the two Russian "MIR" submersibles in July of 1991. This is the same dive during which the IMAX film "Titanica" was filmed. This photograph shows the bow of the Titanic wreck and is from the cover of the book "Titanic In a New Light" by Dr. Joseph McInnis.


The conference is a good chance to meet and chat with others working in the field of stereoscopic imaging.

People chat after the keynote presentation. Clockwise from far left: Steve Ellis (NASA), Michael Hunter, David Mark (the Planetary Society), Janusz Konrad (INRS Telecommunications), Armundo Chiari (Fondazione Ugo Bordoni), ?, ? and Scott Fisher (Telepresence Research). In the foreground with their backs to us (from left): Phil Harman (Xenotech) and Graeme Street (Solid Vision).

Michael Starks (3DTV Corp.) chats with Peter Smith (University of Arizona).
Peter Smith (University of Arizona), Marshall Weathersby (SPIE), Scott Fisher (Telepresence Research) and Mike Weissman (HIT Lab) at the demonstration session.
John Merritt (The Merritt Group), Ann Marie Rohaly and Christopher Tyler. Christopher is the inventor of the Autostereogram (also known as Single Image Random Dot Stereograms (SIRDS), Single Image Stereograms (SIS), Holusions, etc.).

All photographs (except Titanic) © 1998 Andrew Woods.

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