HDTV images in real time
Embedded stereo platform for 3D imaging
Dutch company 3D-One developed world’s first compact stereoscopic HDTV camera with optical zoom capabilities for industrial system integration. The first cameras where used in Space by Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli to film the international space station in 3D.
The company has now brought all of their experience in 3D imaging into a platform called Stereoview able to capture and display full HDTV images in real time. The product is an embedded platform for system integration by OEM customers. It has a very compact layout and offers a high degree of customization. The platform is built by two cameras that are pre-aligned on a mechanical platform a tiny part from each other looking at an object from a slightly different perspective. In fact this platform mimics the human eyes. The mechanical construction is designed to guarantee for the alignment over time and temperature. Marco van Hout, Business Development Manager at 3D-One explains: „The platform combines 3D stereoscopic imaging with optical zoom and auto-focus functionality. The optics of both cameras are synchronised to allow for hassle free 3D imaging. The zoom function allows users to see details of a recorded object in 3D. To do this properly we had to find a solution to change the viewing angle of the two sensors during the zoom operations. That we have solved in the proprietary electronics that come with the camera.“ The camera comes with fully synchronized zoom optics and all essential features such as auto focus & iris as well as vergence adjustment. All synchronization and alignment is handled by the camera’s control board. The board includes also an embedded PC for internet connectivity and an HDMI compliant interface for direct displaying of the recordings on a 3D screen. Van Hout: „The internet connectivity can be very beneficial for educational purposes. Imagine a surgeon in Japan invented a new medical procedure. He is now able to record this with our platform and broadcast this live to any university around the globe.“ The possibility of optical zoom brings huge advantage for visual inspection equipment. It would allow an operator to replace the microscope by a camera system. The mass storage device on this camera can in such cases be used to document the inspection results.