Engineers at Toshiba Imaging (Irvine, CA, USA) are working with counterparts at ISee3D (Toronto, Canada) to develop a 3-D digital video microscope using a single Toshiba IK-HD1, 3-chip CCD hi-definition camera.
ISee3D’s single-lens 3-D technology produces aligned, matched images that can be displayed on a high-definition monitor, eliminating eye fatigue and ocular discomfort that is currently associated with prolonged 3-D microscopy image viewing using dual cameras.
The company claims that by using its patented optical switch technology and its customized interface to Toshiba’s IK-HD1 camera will result in 3-D microscope images that deliver more detail in highly magnified objects.
The system would be able to be integrated into new systems or adapted to the installed base of microscopes used in a wide range of clinical, surgical, and industrial microscopy applications.
ISee3D's CEO Terry Debono said that the 3-D microscopy system would be formally introduced later this year.
The two companies will be demonstrating the system in Vancouver, BC, March 20 - 21, 2012 at the Pan Pacific Hotel, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver, British Columbia.
-- by Dave Wilson, Senior Editor, Vision Systems Design