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De-3D Cinema Glasses Exclusively from ThinkGeek Only Today

April 1st, 2011 · 6 Comments · General 3D News


Another 3D exclusive product just for today, ThinkGeek is offering a De-3D Cinema Glasses that do exactly what the name suggests – turn 3D movies into 2D ones, eliminating headaches and nausea associated with 3D movies for the people experiencing them. The glasses are with passive polarizing filters and are compatible with any movie theater using RealD 3D technology for projecting 3D movies. In this particular case however this is not a real product, just another April Fools Day joke… just click on the Buy Now button to confirm it if you don’t believe.

Actually making such 3D to 2D passive glasses isn’t that hard… should you need them of course. You just need to replace the right light polarizing filter with a one that uses the same polarization as in the left lens, so that as a result you will be seeing only the left projected frame in the movie theater from a 3D movie and thus you will actually see the movie in 2D. This of course is not very practical for watching 3D movies in 2D when you have to pay higher price for the 3D projection, but can be more practical for home use for screen sharing for example and opens some new and interesting possibilities. If you are following the blog you may remember my mod for the 3D Vision active shutter glasses that turns them into 2D ones, you can read more about that here: Modifying the 3D Vision Glasses to Show 2D Left or Right Frame Only.

For more information about the De-3D Cinema Glasses at ThinkGeek…

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Max // Apr 1, 2011 at 23:27

    We have a little 3d cinema, and of course some 2D glasses also with the filters angle the same. It is good for everody, who cannot watch 3D, beacuse of one eye is worse that the other, but in real life its not a problem for him/her. Maybe future glasses have a 2D/3D switch on it? :)

  • 2 Nick 3DvB // Apr 2, 2011 at 00:43

    Optoma ZD101 DLPlink glasses can select left or right 2D view, you can also use them for MultiView so two people can watch different programs on the same screen!

    PS – Did anyone see Nvidia’s april fool joke?

    http://www.geforce.com/#/News

    RIP 3DFX…

  • 3 Darryl Gold // Apr 2, 2011 at 03:15

    I could have used these when I saw Piranha 3D. I tried juryrigging a pair like this out of two sets of glasses. I was trying to do it in the cinema in the dark. I got one lens out but the other wouldn’t budge go I had to watch the movie with one eye closed.

    Seriously. I hope this is not an April fools joke. I would pay for two-left-eye glasses rather then watch another fake 3D movie.

  • 4 bl1nds1de13 // Apr 2, 2011 at 03:52

    I must disagree with the not so useful. I made 2D glasses for my wife who is mostly blind in one eye. She needs them when we take the kids to the movies and they want to watch 3D, and she does not want the headache.

    I made more for a good friend of mine who is a huge movie buff, but also 3D blind. He like to go on opening weekends, and it is very common now for some releases to only be 3d at some theaters.

    Incidently, my wife actually runs a movie theater, so I can get reald glasses by the box full for this purpose.

  • 5 Bloody // Apr 2, 2011 at 09:49

    Well, if they see a demand, they can make it into a real product, it isn’t that hard with these glasses, but for now they are just an April 1st joke.

  • 6 bl1nds1de13 // Apr 4, 2011 at 00:37

    Ahh, I thought it was an April Fools joke, but that they really were going to sell them…

    Hmmm, I’ll let you know what demand might be, since I can get all the reald glasses I want for free, I think I will see what a lot of 5 pair of no3D glasses might go for on ebay.

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