At the end of an another exciting year, we want to summarize our activities in 1992 and look ahead in 1993.
Using our fully automated MPGH system we produced four breath taken holograms for Philips, which were exhibited at the World-Expo in Sevilla, Spain. These holograms demonstrated the latest possibilities of holography. Besides a girl driving in her car other images were: a handheld telephone, a laptop computer and a fax through which the paper comes through, slowly revealing the text: "Communications talk with Philips".
Together with Calibre, the computer visualisation group of the Technical University Eindhoven, department architecture we produced a unique full colour animated computer generated hologram. This is the first full colour reflection hologram in which colours change from left to right, through use of slowly changing texture maps.
In March, we delivered the first Holoprinter to the Kunsthochschule für Medien in Köln. The printer is operated through a 386 PC. The control software is totally mouse-driven and runs under Windows 3.1, developed by D.H.L.. This is the first step towards the office Holoprinter.
This software package developed by NeoGeo and D.H.L. was used to generate the first stock computer generated holograms commercially available to the public. Traces uses our SiliconGraphics 4D personal Iris workstation to it's limits. Real time 3D renderings are possible. Traces is not only ideal for 3D visualisation using holograms but also for "video" walkthroughs. Traces will be commercial available in the first quarter of 1993 from D.H.L..
In July we shot a MPGH hologram for CITIBANK Germany at one of their banks in Köln. The hologram shows a girl with her bankcard putting the card slowly into the machine and then operating the banking center machine. This is another excellent example of new hologram possibilities, which help to communicate your ideas clearly through holography possibilities.
In July, D.H.L. entered a subsidising competition, called PBTS, with the Office Holoprinter Project. The project received a 6th position (36 applications) and in November was therefore accepted (money is allocated in order of position, until there is none left). Part of this office Holoprinter project is the possibility to turn digital Video into 3D holographic images. To achieve this D.H.L. is investing in a SiliconGraphics computer with the fastest R4000 chip and a frame grabber.
The production of world wide firsts commercially available computer generated holograms and Holoprinter equipment would not have been possible without you. We thank you for your thrust in D.H.L. and for sharing our excitement on holography.
For next year we expect to develop the electronic interface for the office Holoprinter. A prototype will be ready in the fourth quarter of 1993.
With our new developed technology we expect to produce even more dramatic images which will help to communicate your ideas to your customers even better.
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