ISS 'naut shoots first ever 3D footage in space
At last something to watch on 3D telly
3D Vid The European Space Agency (ESA) is chuffed as ninepence to release the first ever 3D video shot in space. The vid, which can be viewed in all its glory using a 3D TV or conventional red/blue stereo specs, was shot by NASA astronaut Ron Garan aboard the International Space Station using a futuristic shoebox-sized camera developed by the ESA.
As the vid was beamed down from the ISS earlier this month, ground controllers in Holland revelled in the immersive orbital imagery. Massimo Sabbatini, the ESA boffinry chief behind the Erasmus Recording Binocular (ERB-2) used by Garan, hopes to see the kit used outside the station soon.
"The camera could also be used in the future outside the ISS to support the astronauts' spacewalks or other critical robotic operations. This really felt like being in space with an astronaut by your side," he says.
"If you already have a new generation 3D-enabled plasma TV at home, you'll be able to immerse yourself in the world of the Space Station without leaving your sofa. These videos will turn more people into real space fans," adds Sabbatini. ®
3D innnnn spaaaaaaaace
Presumably the 3D impact becomes pointless as soon as you point the camera out the window though.
Am I Alone?????
Am I alone in being the only person who is not blown away by 3D. I've seen a few 3D films at the cinema, some OK (Avatar) others terrible (Clash of the Titans - The 3D and the film itself were bad in equal measures).
I have been to a pub to watch some football in 3D - not overly impressed
Got a bit nosey in an unamed electronics store and looked at their display showing monsters Vs. Aliens.... the word meh sprang to mind.
There is the occasional bit where something comes at you and you are like woah! but as The Final Destination showed, it becomes tiresome after a while.
But back to the tech in question. 3D stream all very well and good but is it any more impressive than streaming an HD feed from space (which I assume has been done already)
I just can't wait for Star Wars style Hologram TV's to take off. That would be proper 3D. Will just have to do with the glasses-less TV tech that Toshiba are starting to cook up.
3D added nothing but a headache