Co. unveils groundbreaking new spectacle

Excited about 3D TV but skeptical about the glasses? You may want to check out a demo of the 3DFusion autostereo (glasses-free) 3D TV.

3DFusion unveiled its glasses-free flatscreen at the Paul Kagan 3D conference in Gotham in October, generating some buzz on tech websites. We saw it a week later and were impressed enough to invite them to the Variety offices for a demo. We also invited CEO James Carlton of HC 3D and his business partner Charlotte Huggins, producer of “Journey to the Center of the Earth.”

3DFusion prexy Stephen Blumenthal and CEO Ilya Sorokin came to Variety right off the plane without a chance to adjust their gear, and only got the picture to “75%,” according to Blumenthal. Even at that level, Huggins said: “Without a doubt it’s the first glasses-free 3D I’ve ever seen that completely worked for me,” adding that “I have never wanted my HDTV at home to be 3D until (seeing the 3DFusion).”

Carlton said, “I had the same feeling I had when I saw HD for the first time in 2003. If the technology is what it appears to be, it could be groundbreaking.”

3DFusion licensed autostereo patents from Phillips, which abandoned its efforts to market an autostereo TV in the economic downturn. They return to their Gotham HQ today.

L.A.-based Tao 3D has struck deal to become the exclusive West Coast partner of 3DFusion for 2D-to-3D conversion, events and advertising.

Cyberworld hook-ups

In William Gibson’s novel “Idoru,” world-famous rock star marries a computer-generated Japanese pop star, whom he can meet only in cyberspace. In Japan these days, real-world crowds are flocking to concerts by virtual pop star Hatsune Mike, an animated hologram. No word on who Mike might be hooking up with.

New veep joins Miranda

Miranda Technologies has appointed Jay Gravina to VP of sales, United States and Canada. Gravina was most recently at Avid Technology as director of network, studio and cable markets. Miranda provides infrastructure, playout and monitoring systems for broadcast and cable/satellite/IPTV. … The Boxee Box for streaming video is now shipping … AlphaDogs Post of Burbank, Calif., has completed work on ESPNU skein “The Battle.” … Video metadata provider Digitalsmiths has now indexed more than 5 million tracks for content owners and carriers. Metadata tracks details of the content of a video clip, for search, retrieval, royalties, licensing and rights purposes. … Gotham d.p. Manfred Reiff shot his video art piece “Time Suite III” on the Panasonic AG-3DA1 HD 3D camcorder. Filmmakers expect to submit the piece to Art Basel Miami Beach. … Omar Kaczmarczyk has launched Digital Media Bank, a film and television intellectual property management company structured after the service model of a bank. Content owners “deposit” rights and DMB manages and exploits them, paying a return to the depositor. … AT&T U-verse Mobile has received a TelcoTV Vision Award in the service provider innovation category. The U-verse Mobile app lets subscribers browse the program guide and manage DVR recordings on their smartphone. Users with a qualifying plan can also download and view programs on their phone. … Panasonic has launched a new blog, The Critical View, on topics including best practices in professional A/V. … The Los Angeles 3-DClub Movie Division will present a rare screening of Earl Owensby’s 3D shocker “Rottweiler” (aka “Dogs of Hell”), with an original 1981 print, on Nov. 21, at 8 p.m. in the Downtown Independent Theater. Program includes the first public showing of a Chris Condon/Lenny Lipton 3D short, “Dimensions of Oldsmobile Quality.” 3D expert Lipton, who was the stereographer on “Rottweiler,” will speak at the screening.

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