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FujiFilm's new 3D imaging system is an interesting amalgam of technologies that are inspired by how the human eye works!
"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science."
Of late, we have heard the word ‘innovation' a bit too often. So much so that any mention of a new innovation has ceased to cause a stir. But FujiFilm's latest FinePix REAL 3D System, a 3D (three dimensional) camera that lets users enjoy 3D images without the need to wear special 3D glasses-definitely sounds innovative!
Advertised by the company as the world's first 3D digital imaging system, it comprises the camera, called FinePix REAL 3D W1; an 8-inch (20.3 cm) viewer on which the 3D images are displayed, called FinePixREAL 3D V1; and production technology that enables users to print 3D images, called 3D Print.
But what's 'revolutionary' about it?
He enumerates the facets that make the FinePix REAL 3D system a 'revolutionary' and 'one-of-its-kind' innovation: "Since the creation of a 3D image involves shooting of two identical pictures from the same perspective, with a slight gap between two cameras, earlier a 3D image could only be achieved by using two different cameras. It then required flawlessly layering together these two images. But with the FinePix REAL 3D system, it is now possible to capture a 3D image using a single camera. The user has to simply point and shoot."
Other elements that add to the product
The 3D imaging system also allows 3D printing. Rajkumar shares more: "The 3D print is the result of two interlaced images generated via micro lenses arranged in parallel rows, on lenticular sheets. From a specified distance, the lenticular print gives a fantastic 3D feel."The 3D evolution
The FujiFilm 3D imaging system has three key elements to it-the camera, the viewer and the 3D printing capability.
We have already seen the 3D application in motion pictures, outdoor media, television, virtual worlds (video games, etc) and so on. But one wonders in which direction 3D images are headed? Says Rajkumar: "Considering the technology development aspect, we can foresee a lot of convergence happening in this area. We can anticipate a virtual world of 3D images, which could be the next big thing. This would open up various possibilities, including advanced research in space related matters." However, this is just a peep into the future and is all in the realm of conjecture, he affirms.
Undoubtedly, this new imaging system looks like an exciting gadget that may interest many a technologist into bundling its 3D functionality with their own innovations, adding a competitive dimension (the fourth?) to their products!