At CES 2013 this week, Lattice Semiconductor showed off 3D Impact Media’s RealityBox which uses the LatticeECP3 FPGA-based real-time 3D video Converter.
Using the RealityBox, any 2D as well as stereoscopic 3D video stream can be converted and shown on glasses-free 3D displays in real-time, enabling new applications such as broadcasting of live events in public venues or digital signage, where 3D content is seldom available and expensive.
The RealityBox hardware is designed to support full 1080p resolution up to 60 fps, or 720P up to 120fps, using an HDMI interface. The video pipeline supports 2D/S-3D to S-3D/AS-3D conversion, real time playback of 2D+Z videos and allows disparity analysis of S-3D input signals.
The main building blocks are an input/output scaler, disparity/motion estimator, temporal stability filter, image peaking, contrast, brightness adjustment and a programmable multi-view generator.
The hardware can be used for barrier and lenticular technology-based glasses-free 3D displays. All parameters are freely programmable to support different types of 3D displays, including fractional views. The maximum amount of views that can be generated is 1024.
A 3DIM conversion pipeline has an onboard on-screen display that can be customized and includes ticker and image overlay options that can be added to the video stream.
Making use of the LatticECP3’s flexible design and low latency, the RealityBox can be used in many different 3D applications, including next generation gaming machines and in-flight entertainment.
In medical applications, the RealityBox can help improve depth perception, allowing for more precise surgical procedures, and in automotive applications it can be used for object recognition and assistance to make driving safer.