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3D Consortium study session and section session report sponsored by the safety/guidelines section
July 30th, 2003
On the theme of the effect of 3D images on the human body, the seminar involved a thorough analysis and explanation of how people read the guidelines on 3D images and how they use them. Mr. Shojiro Nagata gave a demo of contents and a lecture on "the practice of high resolution autostereoscopic imaging displays". The number of attendees at the seminar was 44 members and 71 others.
The lecture by Dr. Chiba was 95 minutes.(Photo left)
Mr. Nagata spoke about "the dream of stereoscopic images".(Photo right)
The serious expressions of participants listening to the lecture, "We cannot avoid the issue of safety."
3D image demo of tooth root by Mr. Nagata
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"Completing the "jigsaw" of the 3D market"
Mr. Minoru Taniguchi, head of administration, 3D Consortium
This is a report on the current status of the 3D Consortium activities. Following the "General Meeting on the Establishment of the 3D Consortium" held on March 4th this year, a schedule of activities involving study sessions was set up, namely in April the "Commemorative Seminar of the Establishment" and in May the services/contents study session", in June the technology study session, in July the safety/guidelines study session and three study sessions. By holding today's afety/guidelines study session, we are finally at the stage of turning the first corner in the race.

Following the study session chaired by the technology section in June, 2 new companies became standard members of the Consortium and 3 became associate members.
Joining as standard members are Fuji Xerox and Red Hat. (Both companies are to encourage the spread of Linux throughout the world.) Joining as associate members are Professor Matsuyama of Kyoto University (also a trustee of Kyoto University's Graduate School), Mr. Sei Akihide (Head of Administration, Personal Computer Users'Application Technology Association) and Tani Chizuka. Please put your hands together to welcome the new members. (Applause.)

The joining of these new members means that the Consortium is now the mother organization of a total of 121 members including 103 companies and organizations and 18 individuals. If we look at the 103 companies and organizations in terms of the type of business, there are 5 companies relating to medicine, education and science, 8 companies relating to the Media and broadcasting, 10 companies relating to authoring tools and viewer software, so as we go on to create the so-called 3D market, we believe the distribution of members will be extremely balanced.

We are planning to hold on September 10th this year seminars for the 3 sections to announce their activities to each other but we are initiating working groups under the umbrella of each section. We would like everyone to work together to ensure good results before we hold the first year summary of the Consortium's planned time period for activities(2 years) at the beginning of next year.
In parallel with internal activities, we have also become involved in external activities with a view to raising the Consortium's presence. In July, the Consortium exhibited at various exhibitions including the "3D Image Conference 2003", "the GIS Conference 2003", "Digital Contents World 2003 in Hiroshima", "the Circulatory Organs Image Technology Research Meeting" and the Consortium attended seminars. Plans for future activities include the "3D fan entertainment seminar" in Osaka at the end of August, the "Asia Design International Conference" in October, the "High Reality Display Forum" in November.

Our approach to the overseas markets has two aspects. Using the Consortium as a venue for getting feedback on the latest information of the 3D market overseas, using it in everyone's business, relaying abroad the status of activities in Japan and increasing everybody's business opportunities worldwide. The presentation of the Consortium at SIGGRAPH in San Diego and the Virtual Reality International Conference in Luxembourg have raised the interest of numbers of companies and people in universities. We would like to open branches in Europe and the US to follow this up.

Finally we would like to introduce the key phrases at the presentations in Europe and the US. The various puzzle pieces relating to 3D already exist. We will gather those pieces and complete the so-called 3D market jigsaw puzzle. That is the mission of the 3D Consortium. In order to make the jigsaw puzzle for creating a market, we want to gather together the puzzle pieces of the know-how that all the members have by exchanging information on a daily basis. We would be grateful for your continued support.

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3D Consortium Study Session (chaired by safety/guidelines study session)
Introduction of research into the effects on the human body of images at JEITA.

Explanation of tentative proposals of 3D guidelines

Introduction of safe image making support data base

S. Chiba
Sharp, head of 3D Consortium's safety/guidelines section
From 7 years ago to March 2002, JEITA was involved in researching the effect on the human body of 3D images. The results of that research were collected as tentative proposals for guidelines relating to 3D images, and these have already been distributed to the Consortium members (1 member 1 volume). Below we would like to explain how to read the guidelines and how to use them based on the tentative proposal guidelines relating to these 3D images.
"Practice of the high definition stereoscopic image display without an aid glasses"
-Several thoughts on performance and visual health problems of 3D images

Shojiro Nagata
InterVision Research Studio, 3D Consortium, associate member
Generally speaking glasses are needed to divide and project the left and right images to the left and right eyes for stereoscopic images. In the system not requiring glasses, the position of the face and the posture are restricted and the viewer is forced to view in an restricted way.
On the other hand, if a 3D viewing space is reproduced as if the object seen really exists, the interaction of changing the position of viewing must be ensured and the image has to be seen according to that viewpoint.
In recent years, stereoscopic and 3D image display methods are being researched and developed more freely and interactively.
Also, to achieve stereoscopic displays which allow images to be viewed more easily and for a longer time, the problem of visual health which is an issue for the viewer, in other words how good the efficiency will be in terms of functionality, is becoming extremely important. The value of the so-called "convergence fusional stereoscopic limit" has not actually been measured but we would like to indicate whether stereoscopy is possible with what degree of parallax of both eyes.
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