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3D Cameras in Use for Road Safety
3D imaging technology is making some ground braking steps lately. As it advances it becomes apparent just how wide the scope of possible uses for it are. 3D imaging offers enhanced spatial awareness and so may be of great use to drivers, especially those of large cumbersome vehicles in which the driver's view is limited while 360 degree awareness is a main concern. 3D cameras which enhance road safety are fitted not only on vehicles but also on roadsides offering authorities better control of traffic, it is easier to spot overloaded vehicles or ones which otherwise jeopardize vehicles around them (including vehicles travelling at speeds exceeding speed limits).
How 3D Imaging Works
Our eyes provide us with 3D sight as a result of them being set apart. Since each eye sees things at a slightly different angle our brain can decipher the differences and derive data concerning the volume of objects as well as their relative position in space. Shots taken with single cameras cannot therefore provide the necessary input in order to create a 3D image. 3D imaging systems utilize several cameras (at least two but often 3 or even 4) to provide the necessary different angle scenes displayed on monitors and then viewed by users, motorists among them, as near natural scenery through use of special optic devices, i.e. "3D glasses".
The Challenges 3D Cameras Help Offer Solutions to
Road safety is all about keeping vehicles from hitting each other as well as from hitting pedestrians and bicycles. There are many reasons responsible for the occurrence of traffic accidents of all kinds, insufficient driver view is among them. By providing drivers with better spatial awareness 3D imaging helps drivers steer their vehicles so that they maintain a safe distance from any objects around them, including those located in areas which are obstructed from view (driver "blind spots").
In heavy vehicles, such as trucks and busses, it is very hard to ensure drivers get a good enough view of all that's around them. 3D imaging is an excellent way to compensate for these inherent limitations. For such reasons, leading towing companies, such as Towing Norwalk, have taken to fitting their tow trucks with 3D imaging systems.
But 3D imaging goes further than just helping human drivers. Automatic, self driving vehicles are becoming more and more feasible, among other things also thanks to 3D imaging technology.
3D Imaging In Service of Authorities Entrusted with Maintaining Road Safety
3D imaging offers new solutions to problems authorities face when attempting to enforce traffic rules and regulations. Spotting speeding vehicles for instance has always been an issue, new roadside 3D systems help take action against drivers violating speed limits.
3D cameras are already in use by authorities in several countries and enable them to better maintain road safety on highways by spotting overloaded vehicles or ones otherwise unsafe either due to condition of the vehicles themselves or because of how they are driven.
3D Cameras in the Service of Towing
Tow techs need to be proficient in many different types of activities involved in loading or rigging up the vehicle to be towed, navigating a loaded tow truck through traffic and then unloading the vehicle transported at the designated location.
Maintaining excellent spatial awareness is a main concern for tow techs as they must ensure keeping a safe distance from any and all objects in the vicinity of the tow truck itself as well as of the vehicle to be towed as it is loaded onto a flatbed tow truck (or unloaded from it) or from vehicles towed behind a dolly type to truck. 3D cameras can help provide tow techs with the visual info they need in order to carry out loading and unloading safely, they can also help in maneuvering cumbersome tow trucks.
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Eliminating Blind Spots
No matter how well tow techs position themselves while operating winches and other gear items there are always areas which remain obstructed from view.
Even before 3D cameras, attempts were made for using cameras in order to supply tow techs with images of what's going on in areas they cannot directly see. Needless to say, the benefit of 2D images is very limited, it is impossible to get a true perception of distance and so there is no guarantee of keeping things from coming into contact.
As 3D imaging technology advances it is only natural that use of it is made also for providing drivers with better spatial awareness. Drivers of cumbersome vehicles, such as trucks and busses, stand to gain the most from 3D cameras, just as are tow techs who need not only drive such vehicles (in form of tow trucks) but also regularly perform loading and unloading other vehicles from them.
Getting it Done Not Only Safer But Faster Too
3D cameras in service of towing help not only with maintaining safety but also enable tow techs to speed things up. Without 3D cameras compensating for blind spots and generally helping in getting better perspective tow techs must operate more slowly and carefully, stopping to walk over and take a look etc. In the world we live in it is essential to do thing efficiently, allowing tow techs to safely speed up towing operations is therefore an important advantage 3D cameras offer the towing industry.
In light of all the above mentioned benefits there is no doubt that 3D imaging technology will become more and more extensively used by motorists in general as well as by tow techs in particular.
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Poppy is a new Kickstarter project that aims to trn the iPhone into a 3D viewer and 3D video capture device. It's a simple device that does not contain any electronics (only several lenses and mirrors) and it will cost just $49.
The project already reached its goal of raising $40,000 (with 23 days to go, they raised $57,000 already).
MIT Researchers managed to build cheap holographic display using a consumer PC with high-end graphic cards. Current holographic hardware use liquid crystals and micro-mechanical hardware that physically alters its configuration, and this technology is high cost, has low bandwith and suffers from poor images. The new technology offers full-color imaging, is low-cost and can be used with any light source.
The new technology uses an array of devices called anisotropic leaky-mode couplers, which act as waveguides for light while allowing the light that is travelling through them to be manipulated. When exposed to radio-frequency radiation, the hardware will form acoustic waves that alter the light travelling through them. This allows each coupler to rapidly alter the timing and direction of the light it emits in response to changes in the radio waves. By placing a number of them in close proximity, it's possible to get the light they emit to interfere (creating a hologram) and then change this hologram simply by altering the radio frequencies.
There are reports that Amazon is working on several Android smartphones. One of these "Kindle Phones" will sport a glasses-free 3D display. Reportedly it will use eye tracking to enable hologram like visuals.
If everything works according to plan, the first such Kindle Phone (maybe not the 3D one) will be announced soon, within the coming months. This is just a rumor currently, but an interesting one...