About the Technology
Hardware: The Ultra-D 3D Module
The Ultra-D 3D Module consists of two key elements: front end optics and a multi-view render engine. The Optical System is a proprietay multi-layer optical stack including precisely-calibrated optical film bonded to a 4K display panel. The film’s unique design is based on the panel’s pixel layout and provides refractive and defractive elements to create a 140-degree continous light front.
The Rendering processor decodes Ultra-D formatted content and assigns depth values to each of the 24 million sub-pixels for a natural and immersive effect. A key feature of Ultra-D rendering is adjustability; viewers can set the amount of depth to any level that is comfortable for them just like they would change audio volume. From minimal depth to maximum pop, the choice is yours at the touch of a button.
3D Module Integration
As a technology solutions provider, Stream TV Networks has created the Ultra-D 3D Module for integration into finished goods of all kinds to be distributed by consumer electronics brands. A Display manufacturer simply integrates the 3D Module in place of the traditional 2D panel and continues the display assembly as shown in the figure to the right.
Software: A Proprietary Content Format
The Ultra-D content format includes a high-definition 2D picture image, depth information and additional authentication data. Bonfide Ultra-D files and content streams are transcoded by the Rendering processor for proper pixel distribution to the Ultra-D Display. Content can be converted or created natively in the Ultra-D format.
Ultra-D Content Conversion
Ultra-D devices come enabled with Stream TV’s seeCube® RTC, a real time conversion feature capable of converting all source content (2D or 3D) into Glasses-Free 3D with stunning and realistic detail. In just milliseconds, the incoming signal goes through an algorithmic processor and is converted to the Ultra-D format. Currently the RTC is integrated on a Qualcomm System on Chip (SoC) housed inside the display. The future plan is to be SoC agnostic and integrate the seeCube RTC as a regular feature on any chip supplier’s SoC or ASIC.
Ultra-D Content Creation
In addition to RTC in-display conversion – which is a pass-through process – Stream TV Networks has created various toolsets to enable the pre-conversion or native creation of content in the Ultra-D format. 2D or 3D-with-glasses content can be converted semi automatically or manually “off line” by software teams and developers. Content tools for the development community include plug-ins and software development kits (SDK’s) for a variety of popular software and platforms such as After Effects, NUKE, Unity, Unreal Engine, DirectX and OpenGL.
Additionally, Stream TV has created the seeCube Pro, a professional tool enabling real time conversion of live events at the broadcast head-end. Designed for use at either the event location broadcast compound or a network operating center, the seeCube Pro allows for customized depth creation of the main event signal separate from the graphics feed for maximum creative options.
Video game developers and other content creators using Unreal Engine or Unity for interactive experiences are enthusiastic to experience the easy integration of Ultra-D into their creation pipeline using Stream TV’s plug-in tools. Because those game engines are already creating the necessary 3D data, the integration process is extremely quick and painless; a single engineer can get Ultra-D up and running in a day.
By taking this ecosystem approach, Stream TV offers the benefit of its Ultra-D format to advertisers, game developers and publishers, live event producers, content owners and distributors with film and television libraries.
The World of Ultra-D: Now and Tomorrow
Ultra-D 3D Bonding Mass Production Line at the Pegatron manufacturing facility in Suzhou, China
As a core technology, Ultra-D can be applied to panels of nearly any type and size and is compatible with touch screen features as well. This means that consumers can have a seamless experience with virtually any device – televisions, tablets, smartphones, portable game players, laptops, all-in-one computers and more – with current resolutions up to 2160p.
4K 60Hz Rendering
With the penetration of 4K programming and 60Hz content in the global market, Stream TV continues to advance Ultra-D technology to satisfy the demands of consumer brands. Its new V Series rendering solution — debuting in consumer products in 2017 – enables playback of 4K 60Hz content directly to the screen, bypassing the conversion path for those who want to watch 4K content in 2D mode.
To keep pace with the increasing resolution of video panels, Stream TV remains continues to actively develop newer and better solutions for the display market. Look for Ultra-D 8K products from device makers in the future.
Strategic Manufacturing Partner
Stream TV Networks has secured a key alliance that will assist the company in implementing its plan for global distribution of Ultra-D product. Our manufacturing partner is Pegatron, which builds the Surface tablet for Microsoft, the iPad Mini for Apple, and a wide variety of CE products for companies like Asus, HP and others.
Founded in 2008, Pegatron is a worldwide leader in electronic and computing DMS (Design and Manufacturing Service) with extensive experience in product development and vertically integrated capabilities. With equity of US$2.7 billion and annual revenues in excess of $40 billion, Pegatron boasts a diversified product line including motherboards, desktop PCs, notebooks, broadband, wireless systems, game consoles, networking equipment, Set-top boxes, multimedia, LCD TVs, and more.
Stream TV’s proprietary bonding system has been installed at Pegatron’s world-class production facility and is now in operation for mass production of Ultra-D displays.
Ultra-D solves the two biggest limitations of the market’s current 3D technology: the need to wear special glasses and the scarcity of 3D content. With real-time video conversion of 2D and 3D-with-glasses content functionality of Ultra-D, users can watch virtually everything in 3D without glasses. Additionally, users can use a remote control to adjust the amount of 3D effect as easily as turning audio volume up or down, which makes 3D viewing a customizable experience for the very first time.
Ultra-D is the backbone to state of the art displays that allow the unassisted human eye to view live and recorded content in true Glasses-Free 3D enabling the freedom to enjoy depth, detail and clarity in a totally immersive viewing experience free of clumsy glasses. The experience is like opening a window to a world that is just beyond reach. Now after years of technology development, mass production of Ultra-D displays is underway and products are shipping to clients across Asia, Europe and North America.