ZealBlog in-ogural Dedicated to 3D
Zebra Imaging Blog
Welcome to the inaugural posting for ZEALBLOG, dedicated to 3D, with particular foci on holographic and lightfield display devices, image processing and rendering for 3D display, visual information capture for spatial 3D displays, touch, gesture and other forms of interaction with 3D lightfield imagery, and, perhaps most importantly, perception, value, utility, and beauty of truly holographic imagery.
ZealBlog is a product of the employees of Zebra Imaging who are the creators of compelling holographic technologies and products, with the fundamental goal of producing a visual sense of presence. We maintain that a visual sense of presence is, essentially, truly 3D, whether experienced from a distance, or at arm's length, where most of our visual information materializes these days. Indeed, as children, we all experience and develop our "3D Space," primarily because our bodies and brains have co-evolved to accommodate and fully utilize that arm's length world. You could call this our "natural workstation," the space where 3D really matters.
As we grow up, we develop media that provides content more readily within that space. Some of that media is, well, food. But a lot of that media is information-bearing light that our brains receive and process through our eyes, with the help of our hands and, indeed our ears (and sometimes even our noses). Think stone tablets, scuplting, newspapers, cooking, tool-making, writing, drawing, playing cards...the list is long. With all of these "natural workstation" activities, 3D plays a critical role. Laptops, tablets and smartphones all increase the flexibility, functionality, content quantity, and access-ease for visual information in the natural workstation space. However, these devices are impoverished surrogates for the rich spatial experience that we, as humans, have evolved to perceive.
At Zebra, our core goal is to provide a more complete and natural way to see, interact with, and experience the information in our natural workstation space, and even a little beyond that, where we collaborate with others, another critical human pursuit. We do that by generating and then manipulating light to produce holographic, fully spatial, fully physically-accessible imagery that doesn't require unnatural, headache-provoking glasses, cable-laden gadgets, or rigid head positioning.
So, look to this space for musings from our folks, on everything from rendering algorithms to "ground-environment deja-vu", as we provide some provocative and hopefully compelling commentary, questions, and conundrums on the third (and fourth!) dimensions.
-Michael Klug, Zebra Imaging co-founder, CTO, and (now) ZealBlog editor2013