Stream TV Banishes 3DTV Glasses
Ultra-D is based on a proprietary algorithm that mimics your natural eye without requiring the use of head-tracking. The result is that you can have a dozen or so journalists spread out in front of a 40”+ flat-panel HDTV - and all of them will see a 3D image. (As happened in at the end of the press conference. The majority of the press conference, by the way, was presented in real-world, actual, living 3D. I think giving the press conference using cardboard cutout characters would have been a cool gimmick, but Stream TV doesn’t consult with me for their marketing techniques...)
The company made the bold claim that the Ultra-D technology can produce glasses-free 3D images with no ghosting or sacrifices in image quality, in addition to providing “around-the-corner” views. And the system can generate 3D video from 2D in real time. The 3D level is adjustable to suite the viewer’s particular preference - all the way back down to full 2D. Stream TV thinks Ultra-D is so phenomenal that people will start watching just about everything that involves a screen - TV shows, sports, movies, video games, photographs, and etc. - in 3D. In fact, they predict that 2D video will become the equivalent of black & white video.
The short demonstration of 2D video converted to 3D that was given at the conclusion of the press conference began with a trailer for an upcoming action movie with Bruce Willis that was very disappointing due to the almost cartoon-like effect the 3D conversion produced. Everything after that, however, was extremely impressive, including 2D-to-3D-converted video segments of football games, video games, and nature scenes. As promised, the 3D effect was maintained at a wide variety of viewing angles; and the picture quality was quite good.
The first displays to appear on the market will likely be in the 42- to 55-inch range, although Stream TV couldn’t release any of the details at the press conference.