[Philip Lelyveld comment: a new format for broadcasting to both 2D and autostereo displays.]
A Siberian-based developer has devised software which translates stereoscopic content in realtime, for viewing on glasses free displays. Triaxes Vision claims to have received interest from the Russian Federal government, BSkyB and the BBC.
Triaxes uses an algorithm that decodes the twin stereo pictures it receives into stereo pictures plus two depth (Z information) maps. Most other autostereo algorithms use just the one HD frame of 2D + depth.
“Our aim is to make a universal format compatible for 2D HD, with glasses and autostereo displays so that a broadcaster can transmit just the one channel and the picture will be decoded according to the display consumer’s have,” said Dmitry Bimatov, senior software developer at Triaxes. “With existing infrastructure you require three streams but the aim is to wrap them into one. We are talking with the Russian government about this, so that when they launch stereo 3D services they can transmit 3D content to the broadest number of viewers.” …