Prior to the launch of Digital Projection’s newest product, 3D technology suffered from a significant immersive limitation: each user was seeing exactly the same image, regardless of where they were positioned. Digital Projection has again moved ahead of its competitors with the INSIGHT 4K HFR 360 Multi-View 3D projector, which can finally offer truly immersive, collaborative and interactive 3D experiences.
With Multi-View 3D projection, a single projector, with ultra-fast frame rates will accommodate several viewers, each being tracked and each having a view of the image that remains appropriate to their changing position. This allows the users to see and interact with each other in a truly shared collaborative manner.
Previously, the ultra-fast frame rates required for a multi-viewer 3D system have meant sacrificing resolution - and therefore image fidelity. Digital Projection was not willing to accept such a compromise. The new INSIGHT 4K HFR 360 offers both native 4K and high frame rate - thanks to the thousands of hours invested by Digital Projection’s team of experts and their unsurpassed experience in 3-chip DLP projection.
Instead of providing 120 frames per second, which is enough for single user 3D, the INSIGHT 4K HFR 360 delivers an unrivalled 360 frames per second at native 4K resolution, enabling content creators to serve three independent, high-resolution 3D views with just one projector. Furthermore, the addition of a second projector to the system increases the unique user 3D views to six.
The possibilities for this technology are endless. Other than visualisation applications and virtual rides in theme parks, museums are another predestined application for this ground-breaking technology. A virtual tour of an ancient building or a lifelike experience of an invaluable object is now possible. Thanks to a personalised, pin-sharp view for each user, everybody can follow the explanations of the guide from their perspective. Every detail is displayed for each user from the right point of view.
To ensure that the projector can be integrated into installations with ease, it works with industry standard synchronisation signals for 3D active shutter glasses. Collaboration with a specialist manufacturer has led to glasses that can switch between the black and transmissive states in around 200µs - three times faster than other commercially available glasses.
To enable users to view images from their correct perspective, they must be tracked to 6 Degrees of Freedom [6DOF] and Digital Projection has worked with leading industry partners in head tracking to achieve this. In every way, Digital Projection provides truly collaborative technology.
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