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Open Access Initial work on development of an open Streaming Media Standard for Field of Light Displays (SMFoLD)

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Interest in 3D viewing has been increasing significantly over the last few years, with the vast majority of focus being on Virtual Reality (VR), a single-user form of Stereo 3D (S3D) with positional tracking, and Augmented Reality (AR) devices. However, Volumetric 3D displays and Light Field Displays (LFD) are also generating interest in the areas of operational and scientific analysis due to the unique capabilities of this class of hardware. The amount of available 3D data is also growing exponentially including computational simulation results, medical data (e.g. computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET), ultrasound), computer-aided design (CAD) data, plenoptic camera data, synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data, light detection and ranging (LiDAR) data, 3D data from global positioning system (GPS) satellite scans, and numerous other 3D data sources. Much of this 3D data is available in the cloud and often at long distances from the application or user. While significant progress has been made developing open standards for S3D devices, no standard has yet converged that would allow 3D data streaming for devices such as LFDs that display an assembly of simultaneous views for full parallax and multi-user support without the need for specialized eyewear. A 3D Streaming Standard is desired that will allow display of 3D scenes on any Streaming Media for Field of Light Displays (SMFoLD) compliant device including S3D, VR, AR, Volumetric 3D, and LFD devices. With support from the Air Force Research Laboratories, Third Dimension Technologies (TDT), in collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Insight Media, has initialized work on the development of an SMFoLD Open Standard.
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Keywords: 3D Data Sources; 3D Display; Field of Light Display (FoLD); Light Field Display; SMFoLD Open Standards; Streaming Medida for FoLD Displays; Virtual Reality

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 28, 2018

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