Filmmaker Chris Condon Among 3D Society Honorees

Panasonic, Imax, RealD and Texas Instruments also were feted at Tuesday's ceremony.

The International 3D Society's 3D Technology Awards recognized veteran 3D filmmaker Chris Condon, consumer-electronics giant Panasonic and more than a dozen other individuals and companies for breakthrough achievement in the field.

The society staged its inaugural tech awards Tuesday at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

"There was an excitement in the theater tonight, reflecting the growing confidence that 3D is an art, a craft and a good business to be in," society president Jim Chabin said.

Condon was honored with the Charles M. Brewster Award for a "lifetime of 3D innovation," and Panasonic was given the Charles Wheatstone Award for 3D advocacy.

In three other categories, the group handed out Century Awards recognizing 30 years of contribution and Lumiere and Gold awards honoring more recent accomplishments.

Imax, RealD and Texas Instruments received Century Awards. Imax was honored for its Solido Systems technology, RealD for its Cinema System digital-3D projection system and Texas Instruments for its DLP Cinema chips and other technology.

Several companies also received Lumiere and Gold awards in recognition of various advances.