DRV-Z1 3D digital display

Viewing 3D images without VR headset possible with new HD display system

Image credit: Vision Engineering

A UK company has launched the world’s first ultra-high definition digital stereoscopic 3D-view microscope – a display system which allows users to see a HD ‘floating image’.

Although technological trends such as virtual reality, augmented reality and 3D polarised, or shutter glass viewing allow for consumers and researchers to see images and moving images in a more immersive fashion and with more accurate detail respectively, these technologies have experienced substantial drawbacks in sensory isolation, disorientation and resolution. 

To overcome these issues, Woking-based microscopy manufacturing company Vision Engineering’s 3D display system, known as the 'Deep Reality Viewer' (DRV-Z1), creates stereo high-definition 3D images without using a monitor or requiring the user to wear a headset or special glasses. The images that individuals see ‘float’ in front of a mirror. By linking multiple DRV systems via wired or wireless technologies, users can share and manipulate 3D images of components, parts or products in real-time, the company has stated.

Representation of 3D-image on the system

Image credit: Vision Engineering

Vision Engineering hopes that this device will be particularly valuable to organisations that model and test components in 3D.

Mark Curtis, managing director of Vision Engineering, said: “Over the past 60 years Vision Engineering has built its reputation on the innovation, quality, performance and ergonomics of our visual inspection and metrology systems.

“DRV-Z1 provides enhanced 3D visualisation and overcomes current problems with 3D modelling and inspection systems. By amalgamating our existing technologies, we’ve delivered an entirely new concept to our existing customer base, as well as opening up opportunities in fresh markets.”

It is hoped this new technology will transform supply network collaboration in manufacturing and quality, design and rapid prototyping and even in the healthcare and medical sectors. This is because the ability to simultaneously share and discuss full 3D images of critical parts, repairs or design enhancements without any delay offers tangible benefits, the company said.

Worldwide, companies have recognised the importance of ergonomic benefits for their employees when it comes to operating microscopes or in a production or manufacturing setting – documenting issues such as operator fatigue and eyestrain, which both result in reduced operator efficiency and productivity.

Globally patented, Vision Engineering’s TriTeQ3 digital 3D display technology moves these advantages forward, combining improved ergonomics with real-time transfer of 3D product images for rapid and informed decision making, according to the firm. 

Speaking to E&T, Paul Newbatt, Vision Engineering’s sales and marketing director, said: “TriTeQ blends Vision Engineering’s long-established, industry-proven and award-winning optical stereoscopic technologies and digital technologies.

“DRV Z1 delivers a technological breakthrough and is a game changer for inspection and quality control processes.”

As well as the ability to view inanimate objects in 3D, such as microchips or bacteria on a petri dish, the display system can also play cartoons and animations in 3D without the use of 3D glasses. This has the potential to be expanded to other industries beyond the manufacturing, production and healthcare sectors.

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