3D Through the Ages

1979

Autostereograms Invented

The Magic Eye Book Craze of the 1990’s! An autostereogram is a single-image stereogram (SIS), designed to create the visual illusion 3D scene from a 2D image.

A wallpaper autostereogram is the simplest type of these, consisting of repeating patterns. Another type is the random dot autostereogram. These are favoured by the Magic Eye books.

Every pixel is computed from a pattern strip (wallpaper image) and a depth map (negative version of the image to emerge). A hidden 3D image emerges when viewed with the right vergence (almost cross-eyed).

1986

First 3D IMAX Movies

IMAX is an acronym for Image Maximum! Designed to increase the visual impact of the movie, an ongoing desire in the film industry that doesn’t really peter out.

These are the cinemas where it’s impossible to look cool on a first date wearing 3D Glasses, but who cares, you’re watching it in 3D!

3D Through the Ages can be found in the May Edition of Simpublica Magazine.

2010

First Commercial 3D TVs

90% of commercial 3DTV’s that are on the market are Stereoscopic, meaning, you still need to wear the glasses.
3DTV does everything a 2DTV does, but it can also play movies in 3D.

Newer versions can convert from 2D to 3D, but the quality is not that great and it’s still not so popular to invest wads of hard earned cash in a less then perfect machine.

For a stronger experience and better viewing pleasure, sit closer to the 3DTV.
3D image processing is also a little harder on our brains, so it’s best to be sitting whilst watching one of these
babies.

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