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Is the Stereo 3D Technology Confusing the Novice Users or Not?

November 27th, 2010 · 3 Comments · General 3D News


I get a lot of questions by email or read posts from people that are having trouble making some products work together when they are trying to build a fully working and complete stereoscopic 3D setup. Quite often the problems are caused because people just assume that all things should work together, while very often they are not compatible with each other at all. But who is responsible for making the 3D technology hard to implement and use by novice users, because apart from still not that many enthusiasts, the general public is still new to all things 3D? Of course the companies making different 3D products and solutions do try to have detailed instructions, compatibility lists and even some sort of support for their current and new customers, but is that enough…

Calling your own product “Universal 3D Glasses” can be a bit misleading, especially if these glasses can be used only with 3D-capable HDTVs and not 3D monitors for example. Of course you can specify in the detailed product description and system requirements that your product is designed to offer universal functionality only with 3D HDTVs, but the user needs to read more or get additional information and as we all know that doesn’t always happen. Universal should mean universal for all 3D displays, right… and if you only support 3D TVs, then you should call the product universal 3D TV glasses. The example with the glasses is just a single case, another example would be a 3D LCD monitor that a manufacturer says is 3D-capable, but does not specify with what kind of 3D technology it is compatible with. Does it work with 3D over HDMI, or only Dual-Link DVI, does it work with Nvidia’s 3D Vision or AMD’s HD3D technology etc. Or how about the same thing with a 3D-capable projector that is labeled as 3D-ready, but does that mean it supports 3D Vision, DLP Link or another technology, can it use 3D over HDMI and if it can is that HDMI 1.4(a) frame packaged stereo 3D or it is frame sequential stereo 3D.

Things like that just confuse the novice users that are just starting to get interested in 3D technology and just want a working 3D solution they can get together and connect to their computer or other consumer electronics. This is exactly why we need to have standards, standards like HDMI 1.4(a) that define a specification that should ensure interoperability with different devices that use the same standard. Of course having a 3D-ready HDTV nowadays means that it uses HDMI 1.4(a), however that is not entirely true, as some brands for example still sells 3D-ready HDTVs that use DLP technology along with what is called DLP Checkerboard Pattern to create the 3D image. This is just another example why just saying 3D-ready can mean more than one thing and the consumer, especially if new to 3D, should ask for more information or read additional details just to be on the safe side that what he assumes is true.

So you probably are going to ask why am I writing all this here? Well, the answer is quite simple actually… so that if you are new to 3D technology you will know that you need to ask first then buy and not do it the other way around. Here, on this blog and in the Forum as well as a few other places on the net already gather a lot of more experienced 3D users as well as some 3D enthusiasts like myself and these people are ready to give you advice and help you get exactly what you need and to make it work. Like with all other new things, the 3D technology will require some time to find the right path, but make no mistake it is here to stay this time. More and more industries and companies are backing it up, they are seeing the potential it offers, including, but not limited to making more money from it. And if you are interested in stereoscopic 3D technology I urge you not only to read about it, but also go and see it, as it is hard to explain the experience…

Go, see it for yourself, experience different forms of 3D content, share your thoughts, then ask questions and seek advice. Do not be afraid of new things, especially if you like what you see and most of all do not blindly believe anyone that just says that 3D is bullshit, or that says that 3D in all of its forms is simply great. The truth is probably somewhere in between, because not all 3D is equal and it is not only up to the technology, but also the content. You should not judge the whole thing from a single experience with a specific product and only one type of content, you should try different 3D viewing solutions, different types of content – games in stereo 3D, stereo 3D movies and even photos in 3D, see them on a monitor, a projector or a 3D HDTV. Try a 3D camera or a camcorder, play a game in stereo 3D on a console or a PC, see some Blu-ray 3D footage, go watch more than one 3D movie at a cinema and then have your own opinion about all things 3D. Do not blindly believe anyone in the extreme sides of liking or disliking 3D, especially if he/she is a typical journalist, as quite likely that person does not have a lot of experience with the technology himself to form a full and objective view of things.

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Peter // Nov 27, 2010 at 05:56

    *Slowly* Clap, clap, clap.

  • 2 josh // Nov 27, 2010 at 09:40

    Like mentioned in this article. For all you out there that judge 3D based on movie theater 3d that uses polarized glasses please do not let that overpriced gimmick make your final judgment on 3D. Also a damaged or crappy set up of a 3d tv in a retail store should not make your mind up about 3D. I own an Alienware AW2310 3d monitor, nvidia 3d vision kit, and a computer with a capable nvidia card and I must say gaming, videos, and photos in stereoscopic 3D are truly a marvel to be seen. Also this website and it’s forum are great place for 3d in general. Sadly my monitor can not utilize the 3d capabilities of the Playstation 3, I would love to see how The Sly Collection is in 3D.

  • 3 Tahsin // Jan 22, 2011 at 17:39

    okay, not meaning to sound much stupid, but I’m pretty confused with this 3D technology, because Sony, Phillips…etc. are getting me totally confused.
    I heard that Sony LX900 allows us to experience 3D technology even if we are not watching a 3D movie or image on the screen. But the other brands are saying the opposite.
    So, is it possible to experience 3D technology without 3D movies, games or images?

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