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PRESS RELEASE: Kaidan and EyeSee360 Announce PhotoWarp 2.0 Public Preview and Support for Digital and Film SLR Cameras


Major new panoramic software release and SLR camera support enables high-volume virtual tour production capabilities and high-resolution output

Feasterville, PA ­ February 14, 2002: Kaidan Incorporated and EyeSee360 Inc. today announced major enhancements to their single-shot panoramic imaging solution, 360 One VR. The companies have announced PhotoWarp 2.0 Public Preview and the SLR Bracket which provide new capabilities and enhancements that streamline the production of panoramic virtual tours and permit the use of professional, high-resolution digital and film cameras.

PhotoWarp 2.0 Public Preview

360 One VR is an optical system that captures a complete 360° panoramic image in a single camera shot. It consists of a lightweight, rugged and precise optical camera attachment and the innovative EyeSee360 PhotoWarp software.

Starting today, a Public Preview of the next generation of PhotoWarp software is available to all 360 One VR owners for immediate download and use. The new features include:

  • Batch Processing
    Process any number of images at the touch of a button, creating panoramas in multiple viewing formats at once, unattended. This feature is ideal for those who need to capture and process a high volume of virtual tours in a short period of time.
  • New Output Formats
    Generates PTViewer and Zoom Viewer (MGI) panoramas for those desiring a plug-in free viewing experience. These formats are extremely popular in the real estate virtual tour marketplace and are supported by Realtor.com and their PicturePath upload service. QuickTime VR (cylindrical and cubic), cylindrical and spherical image files, and thumbnail output formats continue to be supported from PhotoWarp 1.0.
  • Powerful Conversion Tools
    Unwarps not only 360 One VR images, but also cylindrical and spherical source images, as well as QuickTime VR cylinders for quick conversion into other viewing formats.
  • Custom Web Scripts
    Generate web pages of your own design automatically from within PhotoWarp, using the industry standard PHP scripting language.
  • Format Templates
    Save frequently used settings as a template for quick, easy access. Use it to automate a production virtual tour or imaging workflow.
  • Greater Flexibility
    New options have been added to give you greater control over your panoramas, including initial viewing angle, advanced compression settings and arbitrary display sizes.
  • Same Friendly Interface
    An amazingly simple interface takes only a single step to unwarp images and the full potential of the application is always at your fingertips. Novice users can produce results right away and quickly graduate to the powerful new capabilities of PhotoWarp 2.0.
PhotoWarp 2.0 Public Preview 1 is available immediately as a free upgrade to all 360 One VR users. PhotoWarp 2.0 supports Mac OS X (10.1 or higher) and Windows (98, ME, 2000 or XP) operating systems. PhotoWarp 2.0 can be downloaded at http://www.eyesee360.com/photowarp.

SLR Bracket

The SLR Bracket for the 360 One VR facilitates single-shot panoramic photography for digital and film SLR cameras. These cameras include the new generation of high-resolution digital SLR cameras such as the Kodak DCS Pro 14n and the Canon EOS-1Ds, which push single-shot panoramas to a whole new level.

The bracket securely mounts the 360 One VR optic to a wide variety of SLR and professional cameras. The SLR Bracket also can be used to attach any camera where step rings or conventional adapters would position the camera too close to the optic.

The adjustable camera mount slides and locks into position to accommodate a variety of fixed or variable focus lenses. Since the camera does not attach directly to the 360 One VR optic, no other adapters are required. The mount also prevents zoom and focus adjustments from being back-driven by the optic.

An optional Arca-Swiss quick-release mount makes it easy to attach and remove the camera in seconds, making it ideal for those who need to mix conventional and panoramic photography.

The suggested retail prices for the SLR Bracket and the Quick-Release Mount are $299.95 and $99.95 respectively.

Michael Rondinelli, Chief Technology Officer of EyeSee360, adds, "360 One VR is the quality leader among single-shot capture solutions and the response from our customers has been tremendous. PhotoWarp 2.0 brings a whole new level of productivity to 360 One VR. Keeping the trademark ease-of-use of the original, PhotoWarp 2 adds powerful features our customers have been craving. With PhotoWarp 2 and the SLR Bracket, 360 One VR excels as a serious production tool."

The 360 One VR (including PhotoWarp) and the SLR Bracket is available from Kaidan Inc (http://www.kaidan.com) and through Kaidan resellers worldwide.

James Anders, President of Kaidan, continues, "These two new products continue to cement the 360 One VR as the preeminent single-shot panoramic solution. With the advent of PhotoWarp 2, the 360 One VR becomes even more suited for real estate virtual tours and high-volume panoramic content creation. PhotoWarp 2 can provide the cornerstone of any virtual tour production house. Our SLR Bracket mates high-resolution digital and film cameras to the 360 One VR. It's exciting to see the results that photographers are achieving with the SLR Bracket and the 360 One VR.

About Kaidan Incorporated

Kaidan Incorporated is the worldıs leading manufacturer and supplier of Photographic VR solutions for the Internet. Kaidan has active alliances with many digital imaging companies, such as Nikon, Kodak, Apple Computer, Inc., and supports a variety of immersive imaging development efforts. Kaidan has resellers and distributors worldwide. Kaidan, founded in 1994, is headquartered in Feasterville, Pennsylvania. For more information, please contact Joan Rankin, Sales and Marketing (jrankin@kaidan.com) at (215) 364-1778 or visit the company at http://www.kaidan.com

About EyeSee360 Inc.

EyeSee360 is the technology leader in single-shot panoramic photography. EyeSee360 has applied decades of research to the challenge of creating interactive panoramic imagery. EyeSee360, Inc. (formerly Telemersion, LLC) was founded in 1998 as an offshoot of Carnegie Mellon University and is headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA. For more information, please contact Michael Rondinelli, Chief Technology Officer (mjr@EyeSee360.com) or visit http://www.eyesee360.com

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Kaidan is a trademark of Kaidan Incorporated. EyeSee360 and PhotoWarp are trademarks of EyeSee360 Inc. 360 One VR is a trademark of EyeSee360 and Kaidan Incorporated. QuickTime and Mac OS X are registered trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc. Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


(First posted on Friday, February 14, 2003 at 03:53 EST)

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