The recent deployment of digital projectors has revived interest in 3-D relief cinema. The impact of certain relief effects, in particular with synthesised images, could cause visual fatigue (asthenopia). To make 3-D movies, a pair of stereo pictures are recorded separately, one for each eye, and slightly disjoined to create the retinal disparity that is at the basis of the illusion of depth. This repeated discrepancy can result in ocular fatigue.
The objective of the 3D-FOVEA observatory is to analyse these effects, taking into account the complete 3-D vision chain, to mitigate them. Therefore, it is necessary to have a good understanding of the support technologies (projectors, 3-D video projectors, TV 3-D ready, active and passive glasses) and cognitive psychology, as well as the rules for developing harmless 3-D film scenarii. 3D-FOVEA gathers expertise in 3-D technologies with the Optics Department, behavioural analysis and cognitive psychology with the LUSSI department, as well as content and filmmakers such as R2D1.
3D-FOVEA will benefit from ongoing projects, such as RIAM-CNC (Obtuplastic) and the Fondation Telecom innovation program (Techni 3D), dealing with the definition of test protocols to assess support technologies for 3-D cinema in collaboration with the CST (Commission Supérieure Technique de l'image et du son). 3D-FOVEA is a partner of Marsouin (Môle Armoricain de recherche sur la SOciété de l’information et des Usages).