3-D TV: Eyes-On Anaglyph Case Studies
Got a pair of traditional red/blue filter anaglyph glasses lying around? If so, hit up the links below for some free 3-D viewing. And if you instead have access to a set of the brown/blue glasses from the 2009 Super Bowl commercials, some of the information that follows will still apply to you:
- NASA has published a bunch of ‘Mars in 3D’ images courtesy of the Phoenix Lander’s stereoscopic imager.
- Microsoft’s WorldWide Telescope offers various optional 3-D viewing modes.
- Registry hacks enable anaglyph 3-D playback for a number of computer games, in conjunction with Nvidia graphics card drivers:
- Here’s a hack for the Xbox 360 game Skate 2:
- Speaking of YouTube, therefore of Google, the company did an April Fool’s spoof last year involving its Chrome browser. Here’s how Brett Wilson, software engineer at the company, pulled off the stunt. This year, the pranksters focused their attention on Google Street View.
- Seriously, this time, YouTube has a dedicated 3-D channel. More generally, you’re now able to code video you upload for 3-D playback.
- Microsoft is currently sublime, at least in public, at the concept of ‘true’ 3-D for games and other content flowing through its Xbox 360, so Disney’s instead been bundling anaglyph glasses with various gaming titles for both it and the PlayStation 3. And Majestico did the same thing with a title for the Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360.
- Lady Gaga is releasing a 3-D concert video on DVD (why do I have the sneaking suspicion that few to none of you care?), viewable using anaglyph glasses even though Sensio’s checkerboard compression technology for either passive polarizer or active shutter glasses is now an optional part of the DVD specification.
- This music video isn’t anaglyph but I thought I’d toss it in anyway; it instead employs a ‘wiggle’ visual trick that rapidly switches between two cameras at slightly different orientations, a variant of the Pulfrich technique mentioned in my cover story:
- TUAW recently mentioned a low-cost app for the iPhone and iPod touch called HoloToy, which employs yet another no-glasses pseudo-3D trick for conventional displays, anamorphosis perspective projection.
- Back to anaglyph, here’s a Flickr archive of 3-D moon images, with thanks to Gizmodo for the heads-up.
- And peaking of Gizmodo, I couldn’t resist wrapping up by tossing in this. Enjoy!