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The June Issue of Playboy Magazine with a 3D Centerfold

May 13th, 2010 · 10 Comments · Other S3D Tech

It seems that the Playboy magazine’s June edition that is expected to hit the newsstands tomorrow will come bundled with a pair of anaglyph red-cyan 3D glasses (the USA edition). They will only serve to for the reader to view the images of the centerfold Hope Dworaczyk in 3D, the whole magazine will net get the 3D treatment. Playboy is certainly not the first printed press that decided to do something in 3D, by hoping to draw more attention and increase the sales due to the fact that currently everyone is interested in just about everything that has the magic work “3D” on it. The paper anaglyph 3D glasses however still remain the easiest and cheapest method to distribute 3D content on paper, but the problem is that they are not the best way to view 3D content and this might create a negative perception about 3D not being so nice and impressive in some people’s minds.

“What would people most like to see in 3D?” asked Hugh Hefner. “Probably a naked lady.”

It is interesting to note that nowadays 3D may be really popular, but it seems that Hugh Hefner first thought of taking advantage of that technology when he launched his magazine in the 1950s (the previous big craze about 3D was back at that time). However back then making 3D content even in anaglyph format on print was much more expensive and harder than nowadays, with the anaglyph glasses even in large quantities that needed to be bundled with the magazine being the reason not to go 3D in the 50s. But even now producing about 1.5 million anaglyph glasses to bundle with the Playboy’s June issue is not an easy and inexpensive thing to do, so Playboy is getting some help from HBO that is using the moment to promote their new series called True Blood, and that is why the glasses bundled with the magazine has the weird-looking text printed on them.

And so what is your opinion about the idea of Playboy going to have 3D anaglyph photos of naked girls?

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