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Would you like your future 3D to be glasses free?

Aug. 22, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg

Audience wearing 3D glasses

There are many reasons that many people don't dig on 3D, the main one seemingly being an annoyance at having to wear the special glasses. Glasses like these.  I actually find the glasses to be one of the least offensive things about the whole experience (which really isn't saying all that much), but for those of you who do find the glasses situation to be the single biggest hindrance to enjoying 3D... well, then this may be the first of many lucky days to come. 

South Korean researchers have developed a way for movie theaters to actually show 3D movies sans glasses, something which gadgets such as Nintendo's 3DS have somewhat managed to do but has never been achieved on such a large scale before (so far as I know).  As is, the technology is currently not capable of diffusing the movie image at a resolution high enough to justify an $8.50+ ticket price.  But it's definitely a step on the path towards glasses-free 3D.

Ian McKellan wearing 3D glasses

How we wished we looked wearing 3D glasses.

Here are two explanations, one for the more scientifically minded amongst you and one for folks such as myself (damnit Jim, I'm a writer not an optic specialist!):

Original Publication: "In a typical auto-stereoscopic three-dimensional display, the parallax barrier or lenticular lens is located in front of the display device. However, in a projection-type auto-stereoscopic display, such optical components make it difficult to display elemental images on the screen or to reconstruct a three-dimensional image, even though a projection-type display has many advantages. Therefore, it is necessary to use a rear projection technique in a projection-type auto-stereoscopic display, despite the fact that this is an inefficient use of space. We propose here a frontal projection-type auto-stereoscopic display by using a polarizer and a quarter-wave retarding film. Since the proposed method uses a frontal projection scheme and passive polarizing components, it has the advantage of being both space saving and cost effective. This is the first report that describes a frontal projection-type auto-stereoscopic display based on a parallax barrier and integral imaging by using a projector. Experimental results that support the proposed method are provided."

Layman Interpretation: "When you sit down to watch something like Avatar, two projectors are displaying two images on the same screen, with the light from one polarized left-right and the other up-down. This is why the screen looks kind of blurry when you take the glasses off – there are two movies playing on it at the same time. The 3-D glasses correct the situation by separating these images, allowing the left-projector movie to go to your left eye and the right-projector movie into your right.  The new method would allow movie theaters to keep their projectors where they’ve always been, behind the audience, and uses fairly simple optical technology. A special array sits in front of the projector and polarizes its light. A filter covering the screen then obscures different vertical regions of the screen, like the slats of venetian blinds. Each of your eyes, sitting at a slightly different angle, has some of the screen blocked and some of the screen visible. The movie has the right-eye and left-eye images interleaved in vertical columns with one another. The trick then is to have the light visible to your left eye contain the left-eye pixels and vice versa for the right eye."

Creepy audience wearing 3D glasses

Versus the creepy cult-like way we actually look.

Extra Tidbit: Would you be more likely to go see a 3D movie if you didn't have to wear special glasses in order to do so?
Source: Optics ExpressWired

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5:14PM on 08/25/2012

Dumb question

What a dumb question
It like asking
Wood u rather have a stick of wood or a lightsaber
Another great post by stepenberg
What a dumb question
It like asking
Wood u rather have a stick of wood or a lightsaber
Another great post by stepenberg
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3:18PM on 08/23/2012
I can't for my life understand why they keep going for 3D when there's IMAX. I mean I really wasn't a big fan of 3D before and when it's possible I (and you don't get this small shit room) I choose 2D. After visiting USA this summer and experience IMAX thought for the first time I'm even more against it.
I can't for my life understand why they keep going for 3D when there's IMAX. I mean I really wasn't a big fan of 3D before and when it's possible I (and you don't get this small shit room) I choose 2D. After visiting USA this summer and experience IMAX thought for the first time I'm even more against it.
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12:08AM on 08/23/2012

Interesting question

An even better one would be "Would I like to see them take the whole "3D" concept and shove it in their ass?"
An even better one would be "Would I like to see them take the whole "3D" concept and shove it in their ass?"
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8:40PM on 08/22/2012

I don't think it's even a question

of course non-glasses 3D! It'll take a while til it's up to the quality of glasses 3D for sure, but once it's there there is absolutely no advantage I can think of that glasses have over non-glasses.
of course non-glasses 3D! It'll take a while til it's up to the quality of glasses 3D for sure, but once it's there there is absolutely no advantage I can think of that glasses have over non-glasses.
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6:23PM on 08/22/2012

Arguing the Point

I think some of us are getting bogged down in the idea that 3D is only a gimmick and not a future possibility of the medium... Perhaps think of it this way, that 3D is the stepping stone we must go through in order to get to actual hologram projections and story telling that puts you directly into the heart of the film... I think if we are considering these news in this light, this is truly great news if it is executed correctly... That isn't to say that we can't still enjoy film. Christopher
I think some of us are getting bogged down in the idea that 3D is only a gimmick and not a future possibility of the medium... Perhaps think of it this way, that 3D is the stepping stone we must go through in order to get to actual hologram projections and story telling that puts you directly into the heart of the film... I think if we are considering these news in this light, this is truly great news if it is executed correctly... That isn't to say that we can't still enjoy film. Christopher Nolan very much points us in this direction... but if he can make a film that is specifically made for IMAX and looks as good as it does, couldn't an artist of equal caliber deliver a similar experience with something made for 3D?
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6:00PM on 08/22/2012
I would be happy to have a free of the 3D crap world... it is and forever will be a stupid gimmick.

The "extra" dimension doesn't provide anything except for dumbness and headaches.

If you have a good movie.. it will be just as good in 2D (and less expensive!)

True IMAX on the other hand....
I would be happy to have a free of the 3D crap world... it is and forever will be a stupid gimmick.

The "extra" dimension doesn't provide anything except for dumbness and headaches.

If you have a good movie.. it will be just as good in 2D (and less expensive!)

True IMAX on the other hand....
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3:27PM on 08/22/2012

no problemo

why some people hate 3D?because its become popular phemenon?whats problem with the 3D?some people feel cool hating popular things.if u dont wanna watch in 3D,u can check in 2D.Imax 3D is a great visual experience,IMHO,if its done correctly.i will look forward to anything which improves our movie watching experience.iam waiting for Holographic,putting a movie program in brain like a dream to make it feel real,kind of sci-fi things :D
why some people hate 3D?because its become popular phemenon?whats problem with the 3D?some people feel cool hating popular things.if u dont wanna watch in 3D,u can check in 2D.Imax 3D is a great visual experience,IMHO,if its done correctly.i will look forward to anything which improves our movie watching experience.iam waiting for Holographic,putting a movie program in brain like a dream to make it feel real,kind of sci-fi things :D
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3:09PM on 08/22/2012
I would like to see the stop to 3D movies in a whole.
I would like to see the stop to 3D movies in a whole.
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2:55PM on 08/22/2012
Maybe because I grew up seeing 3D shows in Disney World I am just use to wearing glasses for it. I really don't get why glasses are such a big deal with the experience. Are people really afraid they don't look "cool" while watching a movie? I can understand that if you have prescription glasses and it may be annoying but other than that I don't get the big deal. I do think this would be a pretty awesome step forward though for home entertainment purposes since you wouldn't have to worry
Maybe because I grew up seeing 3D shows in Disney World I am just use to wearing glasses for it. I really don't get why glasses are such a big deal with the experience. Are people really afraid they don't look "cool" while watching a movie? I can understand that if you have prescription glasses and it may be annoying but other than that I don't get the big deal. I do think this would be a pretty awesome step forward though for home entertainment purposes since you wouldn't have to worry about having glasses for everybody.
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2:28PM on 08/22/2012

I would like my future to be 3D free

Stop trying to make a spectacle out of something that's already spectacular. I just wanna watch a damn movie!
Stop trying to make a spectacle out of something that's already spectacular. I just wanna watch a damn movie!
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1:33PM on 08/22/2012

FINALLY

I'm hip to this news, finally all the haters can stop bitching. 3D to 2D is what color was to black and white back in the day. We're living in the 21st century everybody! This is how were all eventually going to watch movies so just embrace it. I love 3D but I already wear glasses and hate having to put the special ones over my eyes, I also hate conversions because they only enhance the foreground but leave the background flat. These seems to solve both of those problems. There is the issue of
I'm hip to this news, finally all the haters can stop bitching. 3D to 2D is what color was to black and white back in the day. We're living in the 21st century everybody! This is how were all eventually going to watch movies so just embrace it. I love 3D but I already wear glasses and hate having to put the special ones over my eyes, I also hate conversions because they only enhance the foreground but leave the background flat. These seems to solve both of those problems. There is the issue of price gauging but to that I say without the need to bring the glasses with you theater hopping just got a lot easier.
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1:00PM on 08/22/2012

How about a future without double posts?

We need a future without double posts :)
We need a future without double posts :)
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12:59PM on 08/22/2012

How about a future without 3D at all? :D

How about a future without 3d at all?
Apart from the joking, i am not against 3D as long as it enhances the viewing pleasure such as Avatar or it gives you mindless fun like final destination 5. I don see the point of having to pay a few extra bucks to see a movie in 3D which might as well have the same impact in 2D
How about a future without 3d at all?
Apart from the joking, i am not against 3D as long as it enhances the viewing pleasure such as Avatar or it gives you mindless fun like final destination 5. I don see the point of having to pay a few extra bucks to see a movie in 3D which might as well have the same impact in 2D
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11:55AM on 08/22/2012

Atleast give us a choice

Dont care if they make another thousand movies with 3d as long there is also an option to just watch it in 2d.
Dont care if they make another thousand movies with 3d as long there is also an option to just watch it in 2d.
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11:34AM on 08/22/2012
Extra tidbit: Absolutely. I'm shortsighted. So for me to wear 3D glasses over my regular glasses is tiresome. If I tried to watch 3D movie with only 3D glasses (no my regular glasses), gigantic headache ensues. To me, IMAX 2D movie is the definitive movie-watching experience.
Extra tidbit: Absolutely. I'm shortsighted. So for me to wear 3D glasses over my regular glasses is tiresome. If I tried to watch 3D movie with only 3D glasses (no my regular glasses), gigantic headache ensues. To me, IMAX 2D movie is the definitive movie-watching experience.
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9:50AM on 08/22/2012

I guess

I'd be more welcoming of 3D if i didnt have to wear those glasses. But i dont think this will drop the price of the movie. I remember back when one of the theaters said they were gonna start charging for the glasses, and everybody thought "isn't that what we do already". So if the glasses arn't what's making the movie more expensive, i sure this is not gonna fix that problem. So i do like the no glasses, and i do feel like some movies benefit from the 3D effects. But i still dont believe every
I'd be more welcoming of 3D if i didnt have to wear those glasses. But i dont think this will drop the price of the movie. I remember back when one of the theaters said they were gonna start charging for the glasses, and everybody thought "isn't that what we do already". So if the glasses arn't what's making the movie more expensive, i sure this is not gonna fix that problem. So i do like the no glasses, and i do feel like some movies benefit from the 3D effects. But i still dont believe every movie has to be 3D
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9:34AM on 08/22/2012
yes please..
yes please..
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9:19AM on 08/22/2012
3D sucks because it's expensive and I find it to be pointless. I will never watch a film in 3D.
3D sucks because it's expensive and I find it to be pointless. I will never watch a film in 3D.
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9:09AM on 08/22/2012

Uhm

Isn't DOLBY developing this as well? I bet their version will rock.
Isn't DOLBY developing this as well? I bet their version will rock.
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9:00AM on 08/22/2012
Why isn't that woman wearing glasses??? She's up to something!
Why isn't that woman wearing glasses??? She's up to something!
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