Eiki and Calibre were showing an interesting approach to better project 3D imagery. They made the two projectors as co-incident as physically possible then warped the screen to try to give it more natural curve when projecting. Then using the Calibre HQView hardware, adjusted the overall image to more perfectly fit the screen. It might have interesting application for larger venues where you want to project 3D and allow people to have differing views of the imagery depending on location.
nicter – Network Incident Analysis Center for Tactical Emergency Response was showing a real-time cyber attack visualization engine. Made zero sense to me, but looked pretty impressive. This was another research project from the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology in Japan.
The new Epson Pro Z series features great brightness and contrast ratio, 6 axis color adjustment, as well as some impressive edge blending technology to put multiple projectors side by side. I saw this demonstrated and was really impressed. They also offer split screen presentation, multiple PC presentation wirelessly (up to 4 systems simultaneously which could be good in a collaborative lab) and wireless connectivity with the iPhone/iPad. Their prices range from around $10k to just under $20k for the new models.
The Planar Mosaic Architectural Video Wall System features three different sized LCD (LED backlit) tiles from 21″ square to 46″ and 55″ rectangular. Tiles can be mounted at any angle or in any position and you can scale one image or video over the tile layout. It has an ADA compliant ultra thin mounting system and specialized software to help you create and preview layouts.
Planar was showing (4) of their 55″ Clarity Matix LCD (LED backlit) displays. The monitors were so well mounted (using the EasyAxis™ mounting system) that it didn’t really bother you when dragging images across the seams. The monitors were made interactive using Omnitaps 2.o multitouch software. They offer a number of pre-built templates for things like puzzles and maps which can speed development and deployment of interactive applications and have non-profit pricing. The hardware framework was by PQ Labs and can be custom made to fit many different sized displays – including multiple displays as seen here.
Kenziko Kontact is a companion product to to the real time 3D broadcast graphics application VizRT. It allows you to create macros to allow someone to manipulate and annotate inside a 3D CGI environment in real time. You can create different types of icons and graphics tool giving the broadcaster (or in our case the instructor or presenter) a simple to use interface. While this is for broadcast, I can absolutely see applications in teaching – maybe engineering or medical instruction – being able to interact with a model with simple tools – assuming you have the developers to create the application.
One of the shockers of the show was the introduction of the $2,995 Digital Cinema Camera from Blackmagic Designs. That price comes with DaVinci Resolve color grading sofrware and UltraScope hardware/software waveform monitoring. The camera features 13 stops dynamic range (which is good and wide) 2.5 k high resolution sensor, built in SSD recorder (uses standard cards), touch LCD metadata recording and Thunderbolt connectivity. Standard Canon EF lenses can be used on the camera. It was strange seeing a traditional NAB camera display at the BlackMagic booth. It was packed!
Qualcomm was showing their Vuforia technology in the Verizon booth. The picture above shows someone using an iphone to capture the game card on the table. When the camera saw the card, it started a game which was overlayed on the game piece to allow the user to “shoot baskets”. Vuforia’s computer vision functionality will recognize a variety of 2D and 3D visual targets. With support for iOS, Android, and Unity 3D, Vuforia will allow you to write a single native app that can reach over 400 models of smartphones and tablets.