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3D@Home Holds Mini-Symposium on 3D Vision

Dec 13, 2010

Calls for more research on vision standards and the use of 3D as a diagnostic tool


The 3D@Home Consortium’s 1st Mini-Symposium on Human Factors and Perception of Quality Related to Stereoscopic Vision was concluded Tuesday with several calls to action, including, creating performance metrics for a 3D image quality framework; promotion of the benefits of utilizing stereo viewing for diagnosing and improving vision in children and adults; and, continuing to provide opportunities for business and academicians to explore topics of common concern.

The meeting was organized by the Human Factors Steering Team (ST5 of the 3D@Home Consortium), and hosted by Motorola Mobility, on Dec. 7, 2010, in San Diego. Sean McCarthy of Motorola Mobility and Chris Haws, psychologist, filmmaker and consultant to the 3D industry, co-chaired this first event of its kind.

The assembly of vision scientists, academicians, 3D equipment and content producers, firmly agreed that a set of minimally acceptable performance guidelines are needed to ensure a good 3D experience. Based on sound vision principles and applied science, the group is exploring different scales or tools by which to measure performance.

The group also explored the research surrounding the use of 3D viewing as a simple diagnostic and therapeutic tool for vision problems in children. Early research by experts has shown that binocular vision issues, which inhibit successful perception of 3D images, are often linked with reading and comprehension issues in children. Recognizing this connection could help parents understand the need for a professional eye exam and diagnosis, during the early stages of a child’s development. The group assembled explored methods of promoting early vision care to 3D products and promotions.

“As the chair of the group tasked with providing clarity on these issues, a critical step was taken and a solid foundation laid during this meeting. I look forward to leading the activity to the next level,” states Philip Corriveau, chair of ST5 and principal engineer, Intel.

"The first Human Factors Steering Group symposium was - to coin an appropriate phrase - an 'eye opener', notes Chris Haws. “It was inspiring to see the vision scientists and the 3D industry leaders interacting so effortlessly and learning from each other so readily. Looking to the future, this is a partnership that will build an ever stronger foundation for our understanding of the Human Factors elements of the 3D viewing experience."

To view the presentations from the mini-symposium, visit the conference page.