Ed Lantz, MSEE
Ed Lantz, MSEE is Founder of
The Harmony Channel. He
is a media and entertainment engineer, inventor, scientist,
artist and entrepreneur. He is internationally recognized as a pioneer
and leading authority in large-format digital cinema and immersive
experiences for mass audiences, and continues to nurture the
development of the
“fulldome” medium which is now surpassing IMAX’s
installed theater base by replacing film and analog star projectors
with large-format interactive computer graphics projected onto domed
Other areas of expertise include cable television, themed entertainment, photonics, virtual reality, events production, 3D animation and special effects for large-format film and video. Entrepreneurial activities include advanced digital mass media and e-commerce systems, interactive television, immersive video and film production, interactive place-based entertainment, real-time video/music performance, independent films with socially conscious themes, fine art visual music, and wellness applications exploiting the psychophysical effects of interactive digital media.
Ed has a background in hardware and software engineering, quantum physics and electromagnetics. He spent 7 years leading photonic signal processing R&D at Harris Corp. in Melbourne, Florida. He was lured away from aerospace engineering in 1990 by the Astronaut Memorial Planetarium and Observatory in Cocoa, Florida where he led the development of the first polychromatic acousto-optic modulator (PCAOM) for laser graphics, an advanced DSP-based celestial motion control system, and design of Florida’s largest domed theater utilizing next-generation video graphics. In 1996 he joined Spitz, Inc. (now merged with Evans & Sutherland) where he built a team that developed new products which transformed old-style planetariums into immersive visualization environments.
He is now President & CEO of Harmony Channel, a broadband television network delivering mood-elevating digital media including MoodZones which has been described as “MTV for the Soul”. He also operates Visual Bandwidth, Inc., an immersive cinema and fulldome video advisory network, and recently joined Vortex Immersion Media as CTO to bring virtual reality experiences to the Las Vegas nightclub environment.
Ed has published and presented numerous papers on VR and entertainment technologies, and is a regular contributor to ACM SIGGRAPH papers, panels and courses. He founded the International Planetarium Society’s Fulldome Video Committee and the first Fulldome Standards Summit held in Valencia, Spain in 2004, co-organized the first Immersive Cinema Workshop in Espinho, Portugal in 2005, and moderated the NASA Explorer Institutes focus group on fulldome video held at Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland, CA. He earned an MS in Electrical Engineering from Tennessee Tech University (1984), serves on the boards of the Center for Visual Music and the Center for Conscious Creativity, and invented two US Patents on immersive video-based theater technology. These patents are Foveated display system and Video-based immersive theater.
Ed authored Large Format Digital Cinema: Medium of the Future?, The Digital Planetarium, Future Directions in Visual Display Systems, Spherical Image Representation and Display, ElectricSky Immersive Multimedia Theater, Large-Scale Immersive Displays in Entertainment and Education, Spheres of Healing, and Virtual Reality and the Perfection of Consciousness, and coauthored Dome Theaters: Spheres of Influence. Read his full list of publications!