The long-awaited glasses-free display of three–dimensional imagery will soon be a reality with the introduction of Field of Light Displays (FoLD), also known as Light Field (LF) Displays. Light Field displays an attempt to recreate the light rays passing through a volume of space. The light rays pass through the 3D point, either real or virtual, that would exist in an actual 3D scene and provide true parallax and stereoscopic vision (each eye sees a different view and the view changes smoothly as the viewer moves). The development of a standardized method for streaming 3D content will facilitate the broad adoption of FoLD systems. Third Dimension Technologies (TDT), with sponsorship from the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), is collaborating with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Insight Media (IM) to develop a display agnostic standard for streaming 3D visuals to FoLD displays.
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Dr. C. E. (Tommy) Thomas, holds a PhD in Plasma Physics (holography thesis) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA. Dr. Thomas is the founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Third Dimension Technologies (TDT) and has been working with holography, lasers and electro-optics design for more than 30 years. Dr. Thomas is the inventor of the Holographic Angular Slice 3D Display (HAS3D) Field of Light Display (FoLD, also known as Light Field (LF)) technology and is the hardware architect. Research since 2003 includes development of three-dimensional FoLD/LF displays and research on digital holography as a fast, high-resolution fusion-plasma electron density and first wall erosion diagnostic. Over the course of the last two years Dr. Thomas and the TDT team in collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and with support from the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) have been developing a display agnostic model for streaming 3D frames, the Streaming Media for Field of Light Displays (SMFoLD) model.