Many of you 3D fans might not know it but 3D steroscopy was invented in 1838.
Considering the 170+ years since then, we can honestly say that the technology of 3D imaging has been around for a very long time. There's even a 3D anaglyph photo on file of Abraham Lincoln! And now, with the millions of personal computers and screens that are in use on the internet world wide and with the new 3D technologies now being developed, we believe that inexpensive stereoscopic 3D will become, and then remain quite popular with the public.
During all of these years, 3D technology has been developed into various formats of presentation by small niche groups of dedicated 3D techno-imagers and some of it is already on the internet. But, other than the wildly popular use of stereoscopic 3D viewers in people's homes from the 1860's until the 1920's and the popular View Master children's toy 3D viewers of the 30's through the 70's and the spurt of stereoscopic 3D anaglyph format movies on special luminescent screens in the 1950's, 3D has never stayed a very successful viewing medium for the general public. This is because the taking of the stereoscopic images requires specially set up cameras and the viewing of their double images requires special colored glasses in order to merge them in our minds into the illusion of 3D.
But now, because of the huge international financial success of the 2009 movie Avatar, and the advent of 3D TV's, the stereoscopic 3D venue is becoming much more popular to the world-wide viewing public.
After seeing this top quality 3D movie, more people than ever before want to see more 3D movies, videos and even 3D still-photos (which in themselves can be very exciting). So, as a result of all of this new demand, many new 3D devices and technologies are now coming out for the use of the general public.
For instance, ESPN sports has contracted for stereoscopic 3D game broadcasting onto 3D TV's later this year and Playboy, Rolling Stone, Maxim and a few other magazines have experimented with printing anaglyph format 3D photos and attaching cardboard 3D glasses to view them within their magazines. In this manner their audiences can view their 3D content in 3D without having to search for 3D glasses. Also new, especially made stereoscopic 3D TV's are now being sold (at very reasonable prices compared to 2D TV's) through which folks may view all of the 3D sports, movies, documentaries and other kinds of 3D content that is now coming out.
Gaming is also beginning to now incorporate stereoscopic 3D into its imaging because of the increased power of today's computers. The drawback here though is that this kind of 3D requires double images to be projected which can slow a game down in spite of all of the new computer power that is so inexpensively available. So it may take another bump in computer hardware processing power before 3D gaming really takes off.
Therefore, after over 170 years, 2010 finally seems to be the stereoscopic 3D venue's time of major emergence for movies and for TV and for computer gaming even though it can be very expensive to produce and view! So we're hoping that this will also be the internet's time of emergence for its inexpensive but not quite as good anaglyph stereoscopic 3D content as well. This content has been around the internet for quite a few years having first been put there by niche stereoscopic 3D societies and individuals who are very knowledgeable of it and adept at creating and displaying it.
Now will the inexpensiveness of internet 3D allow it to ride this new wave of 3D popularity or not? We think it will if webmasters will take a cue from us and incorporate both steroscopic anaglyph 3D photos that require red - cyan colored glasses to focus and view them and Piku - Piku 3D photos that do not require any glasses to observe their 3D characteristics. Typically the Piku - Piku format photos should preview the anaglyphs so that people can view 3D without any glasses and then obtain glasses if they want to go further and view the anaglyphs.
Informmation about the different 3D formats can be found at the top of this page.
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