DTI Wows NASA and U.S. Army Scientists and Engineers with Latest Glasses-free 3D Display.

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Dimension Technologies Inc. (DTI), a Rochester-based optics company recently traveled to NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia to showcase its next-generation glasses-free 3D display. The response was overwhelmingly positive.

DTI 3D display will be used in NASA flight simulator.

"When people see us stream and watch 3D videos on YouTube, play 3D games, and then visualize air traffic in 3D without glasses, they get pretty excited." Tom Curtin, DTI

NASA and U.S. Army scientists, engineers and several civilian contractors were on hand to view the demonstration of DTI's glasses free 3D. This next-generation technology eliminates sweetspots and head movement restrictions, is switchable from full resolution 2D to full resolution 3D, has brightness from 10 nits to sunlight readability, and 3D depth of field equal to 3D glasses but no glasses required.

According to Kyle Ellis, NASA Project Lead on DTI’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract, “DTI has successfully demonstrated a 3D flight-deck display that overcomes the head-box limitations of traditional auto-stereoscopic systems. NASA and its partners in attendance of the demonstration are interested in further developing this technology for potential applications in advanced flight-deck concepts and beyond.”

Tom Curtin, Director of Business Development for DTI explains NASA’s interest in glasses-free 3D. “This is more than a great way to watch movies and play games; NASA believes that the use of 3D in cockpits and flight decks can be of tremendous value to pilots in moments of crisis. Previous studies by the US Air Force and others indicate the use of 3D displays can increase situational awareness and improve decision-making response times in mission-critical situations when lives are on the line.

“We intend to commercialize and license our mission-critical 3D display technology for serious applications in aerospace, automotive, healthcare, and data visualization, as well as consumer-oriented applications such as graphics, games and movies. When people see us stream and watch 3D videos on YouTube, play 3D games, and then visualize air traffic in 3D without glasses, they get pretty excited. And so do we because there is a great unmet market demand for this kind of visual experience,” Curtin continued.

DTI’s unique approach to glasses-free 3D
Other glasses-free 3D displays use lenticular lenses or parallax barriers in front of LCDs to create 3D images. These limit resolution by dividing the available pixels between different perspective views visible from different positions in front of the display.

The glasses-free 3D/2D display that DTI demonstrated is a first-of-its-kind in that it provides:

  • Full resolution and brightness in both 3D and 2D
  • Depth of field equal to or better than glasses-based 3D
  • Expanded 3D viewing zone to accommodate head movement while viewing

Arnold Lagergren, CEO of DTI states: “NASA wants only the best, cutting-edge technology. We have performed on several NASA contracts in the past, and have won a Space Technology Hall of Fame Award and a NASA Hallmark of Success award in previous years for our work. Now we’ve just proven that our next-generation glasses-free 3D technology is the real deal and we believe it is what the market has been wanting all along, great 3D without the need for glasses.

Vice President Jesse Eichenlaub states: “Other 3D displays get their 3D effects from physical barriers or lenses in front of the LCD. We use patterns of light behind the LCD to produce high-fidelity 3D images. Our Time Multiplexed Backlight System, in combination with today’s fast LCDs, overcomes the problems associated with other no-glasses 3D technology, which include loss of resolution, light loss, and moiré effects. Our display can also switch between perfect 2D images and perfect 3D. We can also put moveable 3D windows in a 2D background and vice versa.

About DTI
Founded in 1986, Dimension Technologies Inc. manufactures and licenses product differentiating autostereoscopic (3D without glasses) computer and video displays which are used in numerous government and commercial applications.

DTI’s high resolution glasses-free 3D display technology was originally developed under contract with the United States Department of Energy and NASA. This press release was prepared as an account of work sponsored by agencies of the United States Government. Neither the United States Government nor any agency thereof, nor any of their employees, makes any warranty, express or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights. Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government or any agency thereof. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the United States Government or any agency thereof.

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