Texas Instruments Gearing Up for a New 3D Experience with Me-D

While some regard 3D in the mobile space to be nothing more than a gimmick, others take it very seriously — others like Texas Instruments. The company, infamous for their innovations in the mobile industry with their internal hardware, today announced Me-D, an experience explained by T.I. as “common, intuitive gestures to the mobile environment as a new means to interact with devices.” They also explain that the initial experiences are in 3 different dimensions:

  • Touchless gesturing in the “natural” dimension
  • Stereoscopic 3D (S3D) in the “third” dimension
  • Interactive projection in the “projected” dimension

Texas Instruments is bringing the glasses-free 3D on their new Me-D platform, and plans to take the scene by storm.

For a full rundown, check out the full press release.

[spoiler show=”Press Release”]Me-D™ experiences from TIThe world isn’t flat, and mobile technologies don’t have to be either, thanks to TI’s OMAP™ platform.Me-D experiences are interactions in which consumers are no longer limited to the physical confines of a mobile device, but rather set free by the ability to make any physical environment the center of their mobile universe. Initial Me-D experiences fit into three dimensions:

  • touchless gesturing in the “natural” dimension
  • stereoscopic 3D (S3D) in the “third” dimension
  • interactive projection in the “projected” dimension.

The natural dimension: Gesturing

Everyday conversations not only include speech, but natural body gestures. TI’s OMAP platform brings these common, intuitive gestures to the mobile environment as a new means to interact with devices.

TI is partnering with leading software and hardware developers to create a touchless gesturing engine for the OMAP platform. Leveraging the OMAP platform’s imaging and vision hardware accelerators, programmable DSP and embedded programmable CPU, along with a single, simple low-resolution and low-power camera geared for mobile devices, our solution will come with a complete application framework supported and set of tools. When combined, these things will, enable application developers and OEMs to easily access our gesturing library, and connect gesture features to existing and future applications. The solution is expected to be available in the second quarter of 2011.

The third dimension: Stereoscopic-3D (S3D)

Glasses are not a requirement for 3D vision in the real-world, nor are they needed to lift mobile experiences to the third dimension.

Unlike other mobile processor offerings, TI’s OMAP platform is an unequaled enabler of the third dimension, with the optimal hardware resources, processing performance and flexibility to support “glasses-free” visuals in up to HD quality. These resources include a powerful image signal processor that can support two cameras and provides a crystal-clear S3D images. A programmable display controller supports local auto-stereoscopic displays and external 3D TVs connected using HDMI cables. The programmable IVA-HD also provides support for S3D record and playback up to HD quality.

TI is partnering with software developers to design solutions that will enable a variety of 3D experiences including S3D, HD video and image capture, processing and rendering, and 2D-to-S3D conversion.

The projected dimension: Interactive projection

Consumers constantly demand new ways to enjoy and share content. Today, it’s not just about the ability to project a video or presentation on a wall – it’s about interacting with those projected images in the same way possible with a touchscreen. Imagine projecting slides on a wall and moving objects around with a simple touch and drag, or projecting a virtual keyboard on a café table to type a note to a friend.

The unmatched combination of TI’s powerful OMAP platform and DLP® Pico™ projection technologies will expand mobile devices’ interface area to include tables, walls, desks or virtually any surface via interactive projection. The OMAP platform is equipped with highly optimized hardware accelerators and software, which together allow high-performance, interactive projection at low power levels. OMAP processors’ gesture recognition software is able to identify the projected image, the finger position and the “click.” Support for this interactive projection technology will be available in the second half of 2011.