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PRESS RELEASE: Kaidan Announces PiXiMation™
Breakthrough software application creates 3-D rotational QuickTime VR object movies without the need for specific hardware.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - USA - Tuesday, January 6, 2004 - Kaidan Incorporated, the leading provider of interactive digital imaging solutions today announced and previewed PiXiMation at Macworld Expo in San Franscisco. An entirely new software application, PiXiMation creates 3-D rotational object movies by hand with any free-spinning turntable such as a lazy susan. PiXiMation uses advanced image processing techniques to generate properly spaced and indexed image frames from a variety of video sources, such as the Apple iSight. Initially developed for the Macintosh OS X (FireWire-equipped running 10.2 or later) platform, PiXiMation creates and saves QuickTime VR object movies as well as individual still image files - useful for creating animated GIFs or importation into other object creation software.
Supported video cameras include the iSight (Apple), iBot (Orange Micro), Pyro 1394 (ADS Technologies), Fire-I (Unibrain) and most Macintosh web cams and FireWire-equipped camcorders. PiXiMation also analyzes and processes QuickTime movie clips from many digital still cameras.
Previously, rotational object movies required expensive motorized turntables that provided precise indexed motion or rotated at an exact controlled speed. The intelligence built into PiXiMation is able to compensate for the relatively erratic motion of turntables that are hand rotated. Thus, anyone with PiXiMation, a Macintosh and an appropriate camera can create object movies with any household turntable or simple device that spins. Since precise rotation speeds are no longer a requirement; many commonplace devices such as wind-up toys, music boxes and even microwave oven rotators can also be used.
Jim Anders, President of Kaidan explains, "PiXiMation is Kaidan's first software application and one that we're extremely proud of. We've been offering object movie solutions for many years and one of the challenges has always been the requirement of expensive hardware. We believe that this burden placed QuickTime VR and interactive object movies out of reach for those who simply wanted a simple and quick way to capture their collectibles, eBay auction items, products, or items of interest. PiXiMation eliminates that barrier with an elegant and straightforward interface that anyone can use. However, underneath that deceptively simple interface, PiXiMation does some amazing image-processing and analysis to make it all simple and transparent for the user. It's also fun. And, since PiXiMation doesn't require hardware, anyone will be able to download the software and see what the fun is all about."
PiXiMation will be available for trial and sale from the Kaidan website (http://www.kaidan.com/piximation/) as well as appearing on magazine CD-ROMs and other software distribution mechanisms. Once acquired, the software can be purchased and unlocked (which enables file saving) directly through PiXiMation's secure online-ordering capability at a price of $99.95.
(First posted on Tuesday, January 6, 2004 at 00:25 EST)