2018 SID/DSCC Display Week Conference May 21st - May 24th, 2018 LA Convention Center
Lenny Lipton Inventor Leonardo IP
Abstract: “The Paradox of VR: Big vs. Small”
About 300 years ago in Europe the urge to experience and visualize other places began to manifest itself in display technology that took two radically different forms serving as the templates for today's similar efforts. Giant panoramas, both still and moving or scrolling, began to be used to replicate, typically, cityscapes and battle scenes. At about the same time peepshows began to be created, using small images viewed with the help of optics, for similar content. Today such efforts continue as manifested by giant projected images that lack interactivity and small head mounted displays that allow for a degree or interactivity, both approaches using binocular stereopsis and a very wide field of view.
Bio: Lenny Lipton founded StereoGraphics Corporation in 1980 and was the Chief Technology Officer of Real D during the introduction of digital stereoscopic theatrical exhibition. He’s been granted 72 patents in the field of electronic stereoscopic displays and received a Smithsonian award for his invention of CrystalEyes, the original electronic stereoscopic eyewear product. He led the team that invented the ZScreen, used in 30,000 Real D theaters, and was the first to demonstrate the flicker-less projection technique used on 80,000 3D cinema screens. He has written four books, including the Independent Filmmaking (1972) and Foundations of the Stereoscopic Cinema (1982). He is a Fellow of both the SMPTE and the SPIE. He is a member of the Scientific Council of the Conservatoire des techniques of the Cinémathèque Française. While a physics major at Cornell, he wrote the lyrics of the song Puff the Magic Dragon. He produced and directed 25 independent films collected by the Pacific Film Archive. He is currently writing a book about the history of motion picture technology.