New Study Considers 3D on All Screen Sizes

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Fri, 09/14/2012 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

A new study from Research and Markets covers the technologies involved in stereoscopic 3D systems such as components that constitute a workable 3D system recent advances in the technologies involved various traditional and new applications and global markets for these technologies and applications. While the big screen generates the big numbers (3D movies in the US grossed over $10 billion in 2011 in a somewhat depressed year for cinema) with just 11 000 screens worldwide the little screen showed 3D on over 23 million screens in 2011. By little screen the study means TV handhelds and mobile game players. Applications range from the entertainment to simulation visualization and medical interfaces. There are seven types of display decoder technologies that deliver 3D on at least 13 platforms making the combination a potential 91 examples. But not every platform can use every decoder and therefore the study has determined that there are 29 practical combinations. While stereovision has primarily been associated with 3D movies and games its use is much more far-reaching. Increasingly Stereovision or S3D is used for live concerts and sports events in theaters and streamed to tablets and TVs uploaded to YouTube and other video sharing sites and for stereo photos shown on PCs digital picture frames and mobile phones.   S3D is also used in scientific and engineering applications such as display of automobiles during the design phase in medical study and surgical practice for molecular study and astronomical visualization to mention just a few uses outside the realm of entertainment.   JPR sees new opportunities coming with the advent of S3D sensors and displays on mobile devices. The addition of depth information provided by S3D enhances the quality and the quantity of information coming into the device and Augmented Reality applications will become even more compelling and powerful.   S3D is a component not an industry. Like color sound motion sensing it is a feature that augments content and makes it richer but if the content isn't good in the first place S3D is not going to help. The industry is well past the stage of novelty and it's time to start exploring the potential of S3D.   Click here for more information: