August 22, 2012

From Stereo 3D to Autostereo and Multiview

No-Glasses 3D – the IBC 2012 Best Conference Paper Award for Fraunhofer HHI

The IBC 2012 Best Conference Paper Award goes to a team from the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute! In their science paper on "Fully Automatic Conversion of Stereo to Multiview for Autostereoscopic Displays" authors Christian Riechert, Frederik Zilly, Peter Kauff, Jens Güther and Ralf Schäfer explain a new method for generating signals from stereoscopic material for 3D viewing that doesn't require special eyewear and which can be watched simultaneously by a group of people. Their new technique goes a long way to meeting the growing market demand for 3D applications. The IBC Best Paper Award is given annually for the paper with the most innovative subject matter and the best presentation. This is the second time that the Image Processing department of the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute has received this high distinction.

In giving the prize, the jury of the IBC Best Conference Paper Awards singled out not just the innovative technology approach deployed but also made special mention of the fact that the solution was designed to meet a pressing market need. 3D technologies, it pointed out, will only succeed in gaining a stable market footing with the advent of viewing formats that do not require glasses and that are suitable for whole groups of people. Compare this with the current production of 3D content, the vast majority of which is still produced for viewing with special eyewear. An autostereoscopic – or no-glasses – presentation for two or more viewers requires a much greater number of views than just the two now used in current stereoscopic productions. An algorithm developed by the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute is capable of converting stereoscopic content into autostereoscopic content for multiple viewers in real-time. To do this, the missing intermediate views are computed and generated. The enabling algorithm can be integrated in the hardware of the TV receiver.

The paper will be given by Christian Riechert on September 9, 2012, 14:00 hrs at the session on "Stereoscopic 3D Content and Display – Development and Diagnoses" at the IBC in Amsterdam. During the trade show a real-time demonstration will be held at the Fraunhofer booth (Hall 8, B.80) entitled "MUSCADE Transmission Chain". Key parts of the 3D conversion algorithm were developed by HHI in the European project MUSCADE (MUltimedia SCAlable 3D for Europe, grant agreement n°247010).