Photogrammetrists use stereo pairs of aerial and satellite imagery to create 3D digital elevation models. Using software tools with complex algorithms, geospatial analysts can measure x, y, and z coordinates of land, buildings and various natural or man-made objects. Agencies such as NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration) use Planar’s StereoMirror technology for gathering information such as changes in river levels, coastal erosion or tsunami predictions.
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It is difficult to visualize underground features of geological interest. Exploration geophysicists use seismic explosive charges and a grid of seismic sensors to build a 3D dataset for of material densities below the surface subterranean mapping. Stereo 3D is used to view this these data images to and make more accurate predictions of where oil and gas reservoirs are might be located.
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The display of the x-ray data in stereo 3D is an important step in elucidating the spatial relationship between what can be in excess of 10,000 atoms in a given molecule. It is critically important for the crystallographer to visualize the precise location of the molecular constituents in three dimensions in order to accurately determine the structure and subsequently, the function of the molecule.
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Mechanical engineers, architects and industrial designers create complex 3D models in their computer. But how do you look at a 3D design and make sure it is the way you want it to be? Or more importantly, how do you show a project to clients so they can understand how it will really look? A stereoscopic view will help both the designer and the client get a more accurate understanding of depth and position within a design.
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Several acquisition modalities provide volumetric image data that are currently not optimally presented and viewed in stereo 3D. Volume rendering software can be used with Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), PET (Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Ultrasound (US) images to allow stereo 3D viewing so that physicans can make a quicker and more accurate assessment.
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Studies have shown that use of stereoscopic visualization during training improves both understanding and retention of the course material. Stereo viewing is used in flight simulation and other complex activities because it makes the situation more realistic and helps the learner progress quicker. This application is sometimes referred to as “Serious Games.” The players of serious games are learning skills to help them do their job or accomplish their mission.
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A stereoscopic view will increase the realism of the PC gaming. It makes the player feel more engaged to make decisions within the game and identify with the character he or she is responsible for. Whether you are slaying a mythical beast or learning to fly an F-18, a stereo view helps you to understand the scene and learn how to function within it more quickly and effectively.
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