CES Day One

CES is a vibrant tradeshow. Numerous wonders, curiosities, and engaging concepts assault show-goers when navigating this temporary technology village housed in the long halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

This morning we arrived earlier to setup the TDVision area of the Sisvel exhibit in South Hall Lower 20537, briefed our product spokeswomen and exhibit magician (there is a magician in our area), and start playing 3D content encoded in the TDVision 2D+Delta format.

Special thanks to XpanD for providing their universal 3D active glasses for us to use at the show. We are very watchful to make sure that none get stolen. In fact we didn’t lose one pair today at all which is impressive considering the attrition rate we achieved last year averaged 1-2 stolen per-day.

The content was provided by a very talented studio I.E. Effects. Pictured below is I.E Effects stereoscopic producer Sarah Bavero standing next to our display.

I mentioned in the day zero post that there were multiple glasses manufacturers represented at the show, here you can see me pictured wearing the Volfoni glasses. These glasses house some of the IC components of the Active glasses in an external little box the size of an ipod shuffle, making the glasses very light. They also have a polarization layer so the glasses can work for both active and passive displays at the same time, at the expense of a certain small amount of light loss.

When I got a break between meetings, I linked up with Michael Starks from 3DTV Corp to walk the central hall, see the sights, and grill him on the Euclidean and or non-Euclidean nature of perceptual space.

As we set out we bumped into Eric Kurland from 3-DIY (3D Do-it-yourself) who took a picture of us with his cool new DIY rig as we took a picture of him.

On our journey to the south hall we were waylaid many times, I was in fear that I would never see the Toshiba glasses-free display. One exhibit that caught our attention was the Hungarian startup iPONT with their glasses free display pictured below playing the Avatar trailer.

Some of the distractions, I was in a hurry to move on from, like the myriad of passive glasses distributors and manufacturers.

There were sideshows along the way that were simply comical, like the Chinese television manufacturer TCL who in one display, was playing their content flipped pseudo-scopically. The booth babe handing out the glasses seemed frustrated and had clearly given up telling people to take the counter-intuitive step of wearing their passive glasses upside-down, and simply handed out the glasses to show-goers, probably hoping for this gig to be over soon.

CES is great for stereoscopic professionals these days. It’s still a smallish community and walking the floor one can run into many great colleagues. Below is Greg Passmore and the crew from Passmore Lab. Passmore has created some very enjoyable and award winning content lately including The Extreme Nature of Bats and Microworlds.

When we finally made it to the Toshiba exhibit to see the glasses free display, the line was very long, snaking through around the exhibit. Clearly I could not wait in the line and make my next meeting. I only was able to peer in from a distance. Below is the extent of what I saw. I’ll have to wait in line when it isn’t that long, maybe flash my press pass and try to get cut-sies.

I had to hurry back to my exhibit to make a meeting, but not before a warm reunion with the most talented professional spokeswoman in Las Vegas (and on the planet), Jacqueline. Jacqueline, is always so full of energy, and is practically an expert on 3D at this point. We have been working with Jacqueline since 2007. Everybody wish her a happy birthday as January 7th is that special day for Jacqueline!

The rest of the day at the show was full of busy meetings.

After the event, and a nice Italian dinner, we ran into Bob Johnston who showed us a really cool integral camera he is exclusively representing in the western hemisphere.

Originally created to be used by the European Space Agency, the 3D-One camera really impressed me. It has a Linux sub-system, a fixed stereo-base with controls for vergence and zoom. The camera has dual oled viewfinders which can be mounted in different parts of the camera body magnetically. It records to multiple formats including dual AVI on a removable hard disk.

Here are some pictures of Bob Johnston and me with the unit.

That’s it for day one. On day two I’ll do a visual exhibit tour of the XpanD area. I hope to take a look at Panasonic and maybe, if I sprint, I can make it all the way to the North hall, where I hear LG has an impressive showcase.


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