Ed Lantz


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Most Recent Affiliation(s):


  • Astronaut Memorial Planetarium and Observatory, Chief Engineer

Other Affiliation(s):


  • Spitz, Inc.

Bio:

  • SIGGRAPH 2015

    ED LANTZ is an entertainment technology engineer, entrepreneur, immersive experience designer and innovator in giant-screen digital cinema. He designed over a dozen dome theaters worldwide while at Spitz, Inc. He also led the product development of the SciDome digital planetarium which has sold over 100 units worldwide. Ed co-founded Vortex Immersion Media in 2007 to bring immersive and interactive experiences into mainstream arts and entertainment markets. Vortex also operates the Vortex Dome, the first commercial immersive media production studio and events venue located in downtown Los Angeles. Ed holds two U.S. patents on immersive theater technologies and is a founder of the trade association Immersive Media Entertainment, Research, Science & Arts (IMERSA). He co-authored the Digital Immersive Giant Screen Specifications, and is a SIGGRAPH VR Village Co-Chair.

    SIGGRAPH 1995

    Ed Lantz is Chief Engineer at the Astronaut Memorial Planetarium and Observatory in Cocoa, Florida. He received the B.S. (1982) and M.S. (1984) degrees in Electrical Engineering from Tennessee Tech. He led optical signal processing research at Harris Corp. until early 1991, when he joined AMPO to develop next-generation planetarium systems. Accomplishments include a polychromatic acousto-optic modulator for laser graphics, advanced RGB laser graphics projector, DSP-based celestial motion control system, and an object-oriented planetarium scripting and control system for the Power Macintosh. Mr. Lantz’s interests include spherical perspective transformation and rendering algorithms, domed video projection, and advanced techniques for group interactivity.  

     


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