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Nick Reynolds Nick Reynolds | 14:10 UK time, Tuesday, 22 January 2008

Update:Judy Parnall has written up the Festival in a new post.

The poster outside the conference room in the bowels of TVC

Oliver Grau, Lead Technologist at Kingswood Warren, discusses 3D content production for visual effects and interactive media

A slide from Oliver's presentation

Audio visualisation demo

The crowds milling in TC3

The open-source codec Dirac

Above are some photos taken at the BBC's Festival of Technology, which is happening today and tomorrow in Television Centre. There are more photos in our Flickr stream.

It's being run by the BBC's Research and Development team. There are lots of interesting sessions, projects, gadgets and big, big television screens.

Nick Reynolds is editor, BBC Internet Blog.


  1. At 08:46 PM on 22 Jan 2008, Alan in Belfast wrote:

    Do we spy a lenticular display for the no-need-for-glasses 3D effect?

  2. At 01:16 PM on 24 Jan 2008, Dan G wrote:

    WHAT?! Dirac isn't dead??

    Further investigantion even finds a blog:


  3. At 05:08 PM on 30 Jan 2008, Steve Jolly wrote:

    Alan - the "glasses-free" 3D we're working on is indeed based around lenticular displays; we have a Philips 42-3D6W01 LCD display from Philips 3D solutions that we were demoing at the Festival. 3D without glasses gives lenticular displays an enormous "wow-factor", but they introduce compromises of their own: the 3D effect only works properly at certain angles, and it's not currently easy to convert between the format used by the Philips display and the formats used for 3D cinema.

    Samsung recently announced a line of "3D-ready" plasma displays that use glasses to give the 3D effect, so it's not clear yet which technology (if any) will see widespread adoption. Certainly the current resurgence of 3D in the cinema is encouraging for fans of the technology, though.

  4. At 03:07 PM on 03 Feb 2008, Xbehave wrote:

    how hard would it be to start recording programs in stereo (or even just mono with some sort of distance away information saved). given how many repeats are about, Im fairly sure may programs recorded today will be viewed in 3D, and maybe you could add an iPlayer option for 3D video as i use 3D glasses on PC for 3D effects and would quite like them to do something useful.

    From a marketing point of view both options of
    1) showing old programs in 3D
    2) showing programs in 3D on the iPlayer
    would show that the BBC is still cutting edge

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