Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Concepts: 3D glasses.

In my youth generation, I would bet you a pretty penny that everyone has seen a 3D film at least one point in their life. Nowadays, to the younger generation, it is soon becoming the norm- no longer will two-dimensions be enough, but no- three dimensions is the only answer. Soon, they will forget that life IS infact already in three dimensions, and start wearing 3D glasses around and about the town.
Of course, 3D films are all good and well, I have always been much more a fan of the glasses. There is a geekchic factor which make 3D glasses so fun- when everyone else looks as ridiculous as you in the cinema, it adds an element of fun which cannot be beat. Yes, even if you too were watching 'Spy Kids: 3D' *shudder*.
So, here is the complication of my reasons and opinions as to why I think 3D GLASSES are good.


1. You're not the only one who looks like a tool. Embrace it.

2. There's a retro chic about 3D glasses, as it's first real showcase was in the 1980's. They could become a trend one day. Watch this space.

3. Buying 3D glasses is easy and affordable. They can be easily found in entertainment stores, both on the highstreet and online.

4. When purchasing a 3D film, the DVD will often come with several pairs of 3D glasses. Be a billy no-mates and keep all the glasses to yourself. You'll appreciate it in 3D-future-scenarios.

5. (See picture below) A somewhat iconic dress has been made inspired by 3D glasses. Now that's cool.

7. Generally speaking, you have to pay more to get in to watch a 3D film. When you put on the glasses, you become one of the elite.

8. Stereoscopy is an exact and complex science. Take an interest now, impress your friends later.

9. A pair of 3D glasses=Insta fancy dress costume. "What did you come as?" "A 3D film enthusiast". Simples.

10. Taking 3D photographs is an intruiging and precise science...that I one day hope to counquer. I like the effects of anaglyphs, and would love to explore the design process further in my photographic work, as well as illustrative and typographic.

11. As soon as you put on 3D glasses, you feel like a child again...everything feels so much more alive and magical.

12. 3D provides more choice, and more ways to distract children...

13. 3D glasses gave me an introduction to basic colour theory knowledge. Fred would be proud.

14. You can buy 3D doodle pad/glasses packs to let you 3D doodles run wild!

15. You can get glasses for 3D fireworks. HOW? WHAT? WHEN? WHY? AWESOME.

16. They can be used in medical studies aswell! They can help to improve the dimensional feeling of CAD or molecular module structure graphics.

17. They can provide another level of design for games and animation designers.

18. If you wear a pair of 3D glasses, and then look in the mirror, you will always be promised a chuckle.

19. When watching a 3D film, and something pops out from the screen, you will instantly go out to try and grab it...it's not just kids that do that...so don't pretend.

20. Life clearly wasn't worth living until you could see a massive shark jump out of the screen in 'Jaws: 3D'.


1. The official term for 3D glasses are "stereostopic glasses".

2. Stereoscopy (also called stereoscopic or 3-D imaging) refers to a technique for creating or enhancing the illusion of depth in an image by presenting two offset images separately to the left and right eye of the viewer.
3. Both of these 2-D offset images are then combined in the brain to give the perception of 3-D depth.

4. Three strategies have been used to accomplish this: have the viewer wear eyeglasses to combine separate images from two offset sources, have the viewer wear eyeglasses to filter offset images from a single source separated to each eye, or have the lightsource split the images directionally into the viewer's eyes (no glasses required).

5. Many 3D displays use this method to convey images. It was first invented by Sir Charles Wheatstone in 1838.

6. Stereoscopy is used in photogrammetry and also for entertainment through the production of stereograms.

7. Stereoscopy is useful in viewing images rendered from large multi-dimensional data sets such as are produced by experimental data.

8. An early patent for 3D imaging in cinema and television was granted to physicist Theodor V. Ionescu in 1936.

9. Modern industrial three dimensional photography may use 3D scanners to detect and record 3 dimensional information.

10. The word stereoscopy derives from the Greek "στερεός" (stereos), "firm, solid"+ "σκοπέω" (skopeō), "to look", "to see"

11. Complementary color anaglyphs employ one of a pair of complementary color filters for each eye. The most common color filters used are red and cyan.

12. Employing tristimulus theory, the eye is sensitive to three primary colors, red, green, and blue. The red filter admits only red, while the cyan filter blocks red, passing blue and green (the combination of blue and green is perceived as cyan). If a paper viewer containing red and cyan filters is folded so that light passes through both, the image will appear black. Another recently introduced form employs blue and yellow filters. (Yellow is the color perceived when both red and green light passes through the filter.)

13. With the recent release of 3D DVDs, they are more commonly being used for entertainment.

14. A compensating technique, commonly known as Anachrome, uses a slightly more transparent cyan filter in the patented glasses associated with the technique.
15. ColorCode 3D is a newer, patented stereo viewing system deployed in the 2000s that uses amber and blue filters. Notably, unlike other anaglyph systems, ColorCode 3D is intended to provide perceived nearly full colour viewing (particularly within the RG color space) with existing television and paint mediums.

16. In the United Kingdom, television station Channel 4 commenced broadcasting a series of programmes encoded using the system during the week of 16 November 2009. Previously the system had been used in the United States for an "all 3-D advertisement" during the 2009 Super Bowl for SoBe, Monsters vs. Aliens animated movie and an advertisement for the Chuck television series in which the full episode the following night used the format.

17. A recent variation on the anaglyph technique is called "Anachrome method". This approach is an attempt to provide images that look fairly normal without glasses as 2D images to be "compatible" for posting in conventional websites or magazines. The 3D effect is generally more subtle, as the images are shot with a narrower stereo base, (the distance between the camera lenses). Pains are taken to adjust for a better overlay fit of the two images, which are layered one on top of another. Only a few pixels of non-registration give the depth cues. The range of color is perhaps three times wider in Anachrome due to the deliberate passage of a small amount of the red information through the cyan filter. Warmer tones can be boosted, and this is claimed to provide warmer skin tones and vividness.

18. Autostereoscopy is any method of displaying stereoscopic (3D) images without the use of special headgear or glasses on the part of the viewer. Because headgear is not required, it is also called "glasses-free 3D".

19. It is necessary to take two photographs for a stereoscopic image. This can be done with two cameras, with one camera moved quickly to two positions, or with a stereo camera such as the Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W1.

20. Freeviewing is viewing a side-by-side image without using a viewer.


1. Red
2. Blue
3. Dimensional
4. Cinema
5. Film
6. Innovative
7. Glasses
8. Technology
9. Space
10. Perception
11. Depth
12. Animation
13. Nerdy
14. Expense
15. Pixar
16. Cartoons
17. 1980's
18. Avatar
19. Toy Story 3
20. Jaws 3D

(In response to the previously posted question 'Would you rather watch a film in 3D or 2D? State why?' by Matt, via Yahoo Answers.

1. 2D, especially when they use 3D in a gimmicky way to scare you. It's easy to see Deathly Hallows 1 was meant to be in 3D cos the snake jumps at you about 3 times, and I hate it when films use cheap things like that to make you jump. I thought Toy Story 3 was good though because they just used the effect 'on the side', as in it enhanced everything all the time and the screen came alive with no gimmicks at all- Simba, via Yahoo Answers.

2. 2D all the way. 3d has improved a lot recently, but until they up the frame rates to 48 fps, as they are doing with The Hobbit, it's always gonna look jumpy. Hopefully that'll help out with a lot of eye strain and make things more enjoyable. Plus, it would be great if the glasses weren't tinted. I don't see the point in wearing sunglasses to the movies- Steve Austin, via Yahoo Answers.

3. I prefer 2-D movies. It gives me a headache to wear 3-D glasses for 1.5 hours or more while I watch a movie- Bizhen, via Yahoo Answers.

4. 2D I really don't see any need for 3d at all and the glasses make my head hurt i honestly feel like 3d was one of the stupidest things they could do it doesn't even look good- Amaz0n, via Yahoo Answers.
5. Hmm depends on the type of movie. if it's somehting like avatar then 3D all the way!- justdoit, via Yahoo Answers.

(In response to the previously posted question 'Has the world gone 3D mad?' by Catherine Rose, via Yahoo Answers)

6. It's come and gone before - I assume you're in the UK and watching Channel 4.?

They've missed a fantastic opportunity to get 3D off the ground, then wasted it with some of the weakest material and crappiest films ever made...

Nonetheless, 3D is best in the cinemas, primarily because it uses polarised light filters, rather than coloured lenses.. So the pictures appear in their
true colours..

Unless, or until, 3D holographic TV becomes a reality, I think 3D will remain the sole preserve of the cinema.- Grey Mare, via Yahoo Answers.

7. I don't think 3d will take over. Not everyone is going to want 3d, but a lot of people like it so it will be around. Not everyone has a surround sound system, but most movies have surround sound on them- Tony R, via Yahoo Answers.

8. I think this might answer your question: WBCN http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bill-lichtenstein/wbcn-and-the-american-rev_b_245147.html- Wonderer, via Yahoo Answers.

9. They made a 3D TV in Japan:
http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2008/04/10/3d_tv_stereoscopic_japan/- bugabugawoo, via Yahoo Answers.

10. Um, real life is in 3D, so it's already quite popular?- nick, via Yahoo Answers.

(In response to the previously posted question 'Do you think that people need to stop with this 3-D craze?' by GX productions, via Yahoo Answers)

11. I agree with what you're suggesting. I think 3D can be great when the film is made using 3D technology like Avatar (although having now seen it in 2D on Bluray, it doesn't lose much in the transition). I also don't mind it when it is used occasionally as a gimmick as it can be fun. Recently though movies seem to be being made (or altered) simply to cash in on the craze. Apparently the same thing happened in the '70s with 3D, it arrived on the scene and everyone thought that it was revolutionary, the next big thing but a few years later it just went away. i think the same thing will probably (and probably should) happen with this so called renaissance of 3D- Sarkozy, via Yahoo Answers.

12. I assume that there is an unseen panic in our nation of money not as it used to be...Now you can rent a video for 1 buck...
By making is 3D, I only imagine it as a big screen advertising plan- Bluezy, via Yahoo Answers.

13. It is a craze which means profits for the 3D movie makers plain and simple. Build it and they will come- Chuck Finley, via Yahoo Answers.

14. 3D is an old technology anyway, I don't know why all the hype; I hate that format. It will die out just like it did 20 years ago- ?, via Yahoo Answers.

15. What exactly is the point of 3D?
I just want to watch the movie I don't need things popping out at me- ?, via Yahoo Answers.

16. Hell no- KingOfcool, via Yahoo Answers.

17. If it's done properly it can look very realistic. It's when the producer takes "liberties" with the 3D technology that it becomes annoying. Like making things pop out at u unnaturally, etc.

The basic drawback to 3D is the glasses requirement. And for home viewing there are only 2 methods of 3D currently available...the coloured glasses (which end up washing out the colours of the image), and the alternating frame routine (like the Nvidia system). This works ok if u have the proper hardware, but it is mostly used for games now.

If they could find a way to produce holographic movies (requiring no glasses) then the effect would be much better- Destroyer of Dumbasses, via Yahoo Answers.

(In response to the previously posted question 'What do you think of 3D?' by R89 via Yahoo Answers)

18. I think 3D is just a recurring trend that will eventually lose it's appeal with the masses as it did back in the 80's. The old fashioned red and blue glasses lasted for awhile, but people eventually got sick of it and it faded. Even with newer technology, glasses are still required, but I do see that certain technologies aren't requiring spectacles. Personally, I'm more about content than technology. I'll keep my 2D TV and be completely content- Bj Andrews, via Yahoo Answers.

19. People like 3D because they like things that pop out at them and make them feel apart of whatever it is.
it has been much overused throughout the 2010 yr but they'll stop making them that way for a long time then eventually they will come back strong.

Theatres are the best place for 3D's full effect the recent t.v. they made is a waste of money big time- Peter, via Yahoo Answers.

20. I think its overated, and a fad.

They are just trying to re live the hype when it came out in the 80's - but back then it was awesome,as it was the first and it was for the moment in time - things were not obviously as advanced as they are now. i think technology is advancing pretty quick and something like 3D is not even the tip of the iceberg to what we can advance to how media is viewed today.

 I dont think it should be used in theatre, as it will just take away the fun in going to the theatre wouldnt it?! isnt going to the theatre about the whole experience of seeing performances first hand with nothing to enhance that experience, if you need theatre to be enhanced you might as well not go, i would not want to go to see it in 3D it would ruin it.

People are only facinated by 3D because thats whats being sold to them in this present time, next year 3D will be just another commodity, and it will be replaced by something else for the consuming public- curser, via Yahoo Answers.


Really cool designs. If I were even more of a nerd, this is the sort of thing I would probably choose to collect.

The Queen busy being a bit of a legend in her 3-D specs. 

 I bought this for a friend's birthday one year. In hindsight, I wish I'd kept it for myself. I want one bad.

The Gentleman's club got pretty damn stylish that year. 

Haha! Love this picture- the woman on the second row is a gem. Must make sure I utilise this image somehow in my design work. It really must be done.

The aesthetic effect of three-dimensional application to images. Please don't look at it for too long, as you will feel like your head is exploding.

Uber cool. I saw this design a few years ago. Still want it.

So kitsch, so cute. The modern opera spectacles.

 Brb, busy being dope.

Nice. Got to try this out. In my cynicism, I doubt it would work, but it looks like a good experiment for a wet weekend (I live in England, so it will probably be THIS weekend...)

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