October 11, 2010 by Arlen Schweiger
If it’s good enough for the U.S. military, it’s probably going to pass the test for consumers, right?
We suspect that’s why Vutec was demonstrating the 3D-readiness of its screens at the recent CEDIA Expo 2010 with more than just the trendy Blu-ray clips found throughout the show floor. One of Vutec’s demos featured content provided by Computerized Training Systems (CTS) beamed onto a SilverStar 3D-ready screen, using a Digital Projection Titan projector and XpanD 3D glasses.
Rather than flying banshees in Pandora or monsters and aliens duking it out, the CTS material was perhaps less action-packed but more eye-opening at the same time. It showed things like a 3D rendering of King Henry VIII’s armor being pieced together, and a space shuttle floating above Earth.
The demos also used polarized glasses for viewing passive 3D rather than active-shutter glasses. The reasoning? CTS uses Vutec screens and passive 3D for training people in fields such as flight simulation and air traffic control.
“Passive technology is the only way we can use 3D,” says CTS business development director Alana Parker (pictured), who was at the Vutec booth running the demo. “For creating depth, we came up with our way of doing it using 2D to 3D conversion, and you can’t add to the image so we need to use polarized glasses.”
Parker says that the government frequently employs older projectors for simulation exercises, and CTS, after testing a few other screen manufacturers, chose Vutec because of its super-high gain material that can maintain brightness. Vutec provided the facility with a full 360-degree screen to accommodate the simulations, in which pilots are constantly moving around, according to Parker. “You lose a lot of light with other screens, but this works well with any projector,” Parker says. “I will not give up this screen.”
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