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Deepview Funding Wrap-up

Deepview is a project funded by the European Union under the Marie Curie program of FP7. Officially, funding for this project ended on the 31st of May of 2016. It has been a fantastic four years of research and tinkering, with plenty of results and unexpected scientific findings. Our sincere thanks to all collaborators of the project, to the School of Computer Science at the University of St Andrews, and to the European Commission for managing and making available this fabulous opportunity and for enabling careers in science to develop.

However, the work continues on and we are working also on further sources of funding.

If you are interested in the results or the future outlook of the project, do not hesitate to send us an e-mail to mans@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Press Coverage

We are happy to report that there has been a wide dissemination of the results of the Deepview Project through a variety of press outlets.

BBC click features excerpts from an interview with one of our researchers about Gazer.

Furthermore a number of press articles have been written and circulated. The following shows a selection of articles and the venues that publicised each article.

  • “Soon we’ll be able to watch 3D images without the big specs, thanks to St Andrews researchers”. thenational.scot
  • “Diseñan una pantalla que reacciona a la mirada del espectador”. referion.com

Release of Gazer Application

We are happy to announce the first public release of Gazer. This is the first broadly available application that allows people to perceive 3D images through dynamic depth of field and eye-tracking technology. This is a new way to show depth in images without requiring a 3D screen. Our technology takes advantage of an eye-tracker (a device that knows where you are looking on the screen) to simulate the focusing process of your eyes’ lens. When you are looking at an object that is close in real life, your eye puts that object in focus, but everything else that is significantly further or closer than the object of interest, appears blurred. Our new application uses this effect to generate a new sensation of depth.

This kind of 3D is particularly suitable for images taken by light-field cameras, such as the Lytro Illum cameras, which have been heralded as the next step in photography.

Our team at the University of St Andrews has been working on the research behind this under a project funded by the European Union. In order for the viewer to work, it is necessary to have an eye-tracking input device, i.e, a Tobii EyeX compatible device. The software is open-source and free to use by anyone who wants to explore images with depth in a new way.

For more information and downloads see the Gazer project section or github repository.