Issue: Volume: 24 Issue: 8 (August 2001)

Sleight-of-Hand Architecture

As an aside, I noticed that most of the non photorealistic samples you featured were created in the UK, United Arab Emi rates, and Brazil. I thought the US examples in your article still looked computer generated. As an example of US-based nonphotorealistic architectural rendering, I'm sending a sample of one of my works, originally modeled in autodessys's formZ.

Emmanuel "Noni" de Guzman
Kissimmee, FL

Image courtesy NPerspective.

The article "Degrees of Freedom" on pg. 36 of your May 2001 issue, which discussed autostereoscopic displays, did not include my company's Dresden 3D Display.

Dresden 3D currently manufactures a flat-screen LCD monitor that measures 18.1 inches diagonally, features a digital DVI interface and SXGA resolution, and provides consistently brilliant imagery in stereo.
SXGA StereoLCD. Image courtesy Dresden 3D GmbH.

The most important feature of the display is that, through our proprietary eye-tracking technology, it allows a user to view stereo imagery without using aids such as special glasses. In addition, the monitor's configuration allows a user to move about laterally without experiencing a decline in stereo quality.

Manfred Kummer
Dresden 3D
Dresden, Germany

In your June editorial, "The Next Big Thing," (pg. 4) you say "only 5 percent of households currently have broadband access." I assume you're referring to 5 percent of US households, because many of us chauvinistically consider only the US when we toss out statistics. However, if the Internet is to be truly ubiquitous, we should look at the world picture and not simply peer at the US as if we were wearing blinders.

Industry forecasters seem to want to paint a Pollyanna picture about broadband. Instead, let's try to get any kind of Internet access to countries where the majority of the population has never even used a telephone!

Bernard A. McIlhany
Lebanon, GA

You're right; we were referring to US households. Broadband access percentages for the world's population would certainly be much smaller than 5 percent.

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