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Defense News Features 3-D Virtual Reality Viewer for Smartphones from ICT’s MxR Lab

April 18, 2012

An article in Defense News covers the FOV2GO, the do-it-yourself 3-D viewer developed at ICT’s Mixed Reality Lab, along with collaborators from the Interactive Media Division at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

An article in Defense News covers the FOV2GO, the do-it-yourself 3-D viewer developed at ICT’s Mixed Reality Lab, along with collaborators from the Interactive Media Division at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

The article describes the FOV2GO, which can be created from cardboard or foam core and assembled in minutes, as employing a similar technique to that applied by photo interpreters who analyzed aerial photographs during World War II. FOV2GO simply places left-eye and right-eye views of a smartphone screen side-by-side and then uses two simple magnifying lenses to look at them, states the story.

“The real breakthrough was the understanding that, in fact, this should not cost anything,” said Mark Bolas, ICT’s associate director for mixed reality research and development and director of the MxR Lab. “It is hard to accept that what was once a $100,000 system is now effectively free and can fit in one’s pocket.”