As readers of these pages know, I've written extensively about the glasses-free 3D TV created by Stream TV Networks for their Ultra-D technology. I've long said that glasses-free 3D technology is significantly different and far more viable than 3D with glasses, not just for television but tablets and more (like advertising signage), all of which Ultra-D is being developed for. This story isn't that, but it's a cousin.
I received a note from filmmaker Ken Love who created a video of Frank Lloyd Wright's famous Fallingwater house that can be watched on a glasses-free 3D tablet. Because of how the location is designed, it's inaccessible for those with wheelchairs. Also, young children around allowed inside. But the glasses-free 3D video that Mr. Love made allows these people to come to Fallingwater, take a "video tour" of the house and see it in the depth perception it was intended, all in its natural surrounding.
Interestingly, a lot of the inspiration for the film comes from Frank Lloyd Wright himself, who once wrote in 1953 that "The only photograph that can be made of architecture is three-dimensional. In the kind of architecture that I represent, it's that dimension -- that depth -- that gives it quality and effect. The ordinary camera cannot penetrate, but can only give you elevation."
(The film was made in conjunction with a company called Rembrandt 3D, which provided the 3D camera and makes 16 gigabyte glassless 3D Android tablets that have 16 GB of storage and come with a keyboard and case. They retail for $349, which you can buy or read more about here.)
NPR did a nice report on the film, including comments from Ken Love. I've embedded it below. When I played the broadcast, the first 15 seconds or so were silent, for some reason. But don't worry, the sound will eventually start. And this is the opening narration which you'll miss --
"Fallingwater is really an architectural masterpiece. The house in rural southwestern Pennsylvania is the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. People from all over the world come to visit it. The structure is built into a hillside. And the true marvel is how the house looks like it's hovering in the air over a waterfall. But what makes Fallingwater so unique is exactly what makes it challenging for those who struggle with mobility. Erika Beras from member station WESA reports."
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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