What is 3D Video?

3D video is not an entirely new technology, having been around in the film industry for many decades. However, the technologies that deliver this immersive form of video viewing are improving. New cameras, better viewing glasses, projection systems, software and displays are starting to bring 3D video into its own at the consumer level, enabling new forms of creative expression and imaging. 3D video requires the capture of two images simultaneously, the same way our eyes do. Once captured, this dual imagery must be displayed or projected in a way our eyes and brain can resolve enough to be believable with the assistance of specialized eyewear. New LED-based systems that do not require special glasses show considerable promise, but currently require a very precise viewing angle. Consumer displays and televisions that support 3D technologies began to appear on the markets in 2010.

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1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • The production of an immersive film of a cell ultrastructure (see Inner life of a cell, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJyUtbn0O5Y) would allow students to explore the working of a cell. This, linked to worksheet trails through the journey would be very impressive. Kind of like magic school bus, but for real classes. Note the need for supporting materials, to extend the experience beyond that of a theme park ride. This could be linked to 3D printing of cellular components, to create s kinaesthetic experience for 14-15 yr olds that could be memorable and informative - Neil.Ingram Neil.IngramÑeil Ingram

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(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • The ability ot generate suitable materials (or adapt suitable materials) at low cost is going to make or break this technology. Schools will not pay into a high-cost turnkey solution unless the quality of the materials ae very high. The fad for computer 'tables' in the UK bears this out. Very few items are being shipped out. - Neil.Ingram Neil.IngramÑeil Ingram
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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on European schools education?

  • Potentially valuable, given the quality of the software/film outputs. This could be an expensive white elephant, unless the films are excellent. Biology and chemistry are especially suited to this visual dynamic approaches. - Neil.Ingram Neil.IngramÑeil Ingram
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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

  • No, but I am keen ti explore this further. - Neil.Ingram Neil.IngramÑeil Ingram
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