Vision III Imaging showed its new 3-D imaging technology, which does not require special goggles or other viewing paraphernalia. The company, which actually sells a lens and software to create the 3-D visual effects, directed its NAB presentations to movie and TV production companies, but the output will make its way into living rooms (and theaters) as an eye-jolting visual experience if Vision III is successful in selling its dream.
Ultimately, like all trade shows, NAB is about delivering the dreams of product and program developers to the living rooms and listening enclaves of consumers. What makes this convention so chaotic, and compelling, is its base of broadcasting balderdash mixed with software.
The fundamental concerns about DTV transition and technical standards represent only a fraction of the evolving media landscape. FCC Chairman Michael Powell was on hand to warn that Washington, D.C. is losing patience with the delays.The entire roster of FCC commissioners and other government officials opined appropriately about their specialties, with advice for broadcaster action. Gary Shapiro of the Consumer Electronics Association was on hand to diatribe about the digital tuner mandate and the viability of HDTV.