Day #3: Stereoscopic Projections

Written by Stefanie.
Stereoscopy Pic: Richard Bartz

How do you create an experience of maximum immersion without confronting the visitor with too many technical gadgets.

The initial concept of Digital Fragments intended to immerse the audience via Augmented Reality Glasses. Besides the thought of technical gadgets creating barriers and fear of contact, the realization of such intention also depends on unaffordable tools for which lots of sponsoring and funding is needed. To force the visitor into using some uncommon device in order to be part of the system is not a solution for Digital Fragments. But when I stumbled over some interesting stereoscopic projection works I was getting very excited by imagining our environment with a 3D effect. And since it only requires glasses that we already know from the movies the barrier doesn’t seem so great anymore. It would raise the immersion experience of the users immensely but since it still is financially unaffordable and also somewhat of a technical challenge, I will continue dreaming until some great prince from a far away land will come and grant us tons of money.

The Visual Arts Collective Anti VJ created a stunning and well-produced example of how a stereoscopic projection with head tracking and consequently in a single user mode, can be implemented.
It is based on
-a stereoscopic display (similar to the technology used in Imax 3D).
  -6m x 3.40m – rear projection
  – a realtime 3D engine, with a dynamic stereoscopic cameras: vvvv (DirectX, GPU optimized)
  – a face tracking system, using an IR camera.”

Well of course you can´t experience it here. But still:

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