VP8 Image Analyzer. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
The VP8 Image Analyzer is an analog computer produced by Pete Schumacher of Interpretations Systems Incorporated (ISI) in 1972. An analog computer is a device which " . . . uses the continuously changeable aspects of physical phenomena such as electrical, mechanical, or hydraulic quantities to model the problem being solved. See data sheets produced in the 1970s (estimated by Pete Schumacher to be 1974-1975) digitally scanned and OCRd April 2014 on the VP8 & the CVC-1 Camera. One of the functions of the VP8 is Isometric Projection (brightness map) in which white appears to be higher in elevation, black appears lower and mid-range appears between these two extremes.  The VP8 does not create 3D images, but creates brightness maps. It was delivered by Schumacher to Dr. Eric Jumper's basement (with Dr. John Jackson) and, when they processed the image through the VP8, they saw a three-dimensional image in correct proportion for a man's face. Air Force Academy Professors Jackson and Jumper (future founding members of the STURP team) used the VP8 to analyze the Shroud of Turin and used the data from that analysis to create a cardboard model of the Shroud. The work of Jackson, Jumper and Schumacher indicated that the VP8 algorithms were able to encode the markings on the Shroud of Turin in 3-Dimensional relief. This brightness encoding is like a spatial database. Another interesting aspect of this image is that it resides on the very top 1 or 2 microfibers of the flax linen.
The image exists because the cellulose of these top microfibers dehydrated or aged differently from the rest of the cloth. Modern science does not understand the process by which the image on the Shroud was formed and all duplication efforts have failed to duplicate all the peculiar properties of the Shroud of Turin image. Note: The information for this article comes from Pete Schumacher, the Production Engineer of the VP8 Image Analyzer and written mostly by Andy Weiss, webmaster of iSEAM, http://ShroudNM.com, since working with Pete over the past 5 years.Notes
- Paper by Pete Schumacher in English (May 1999, digitalized for iSEAM January 2014).http://shroudnm.com/docs/1999-05-Photogrammetric-Responses-from-the-Shroud-of-Turin.pdf
- Paper by Pete Schumacher in Spanish.http://shroudnm.com/docs/1999-05-Las-respuestas-de-Fotogrametr%C3%ADa-De-La-S%C3%A1bana-Santa-de-Tur%C3%ADn.pdf
- Template:Reference Unknown credibility Bernard Ruffin, 1999, The Shroud of Turin ISBN 0-87973-617-8 page 79
- Template:Reference Unknown credibility Heller, John H. Report on the Shroud of Turin. Houghton Mifflin, 1983. ISBN 0-395-33967-7 page 207 "It is only when actual depth or remoteness is manifest by less light that the VP-8 can produce an authentic 3-D picture." (Dr. Heller is not an expert on the VP8 but a blood chemist.)
- Schumacher statement in the Shroud Exhibit and Museum on many occasions