3D creeping into our lives

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3D technology is slowly starting to creep into our lives. The spot where this technology is the most prevalent is at the movie theatre where you can see a clear progression. At first we saw movies that had only a few scenes that were in 3D, then movies came out that were virtually all in 3D. Next, came Avatar which took 3D to a new level and really set the standard for 3D movies. Now, we see many movies out and in the pipeline that are in all 3D. Also, the number of theatres that offer 3D viewings are no longer limited to IMAX screens, but to traditional ones as well.

For the home, this technology is also making some progress. The first 3D TV’s are on their way to the market in the next few months, according to Sony, who will be the first to offer these TV’s for homes. For Sony, it will be easy to transition 3D TV viewing to 3D video games as the PlayStation will also be equipped to handle the technology. Once they are out, you can expect all the other companies to quickly follow suit. Philips invented a 3D TV that does not require those silly glasses that every other technology needs. However, this TV is currently far too expensive for homes and is marketed for advertisers only.

I don’t know if anyone else saw this, but about two weeks ago, I needed to look up an address on Google Maps and saw it in “Street View”. When I did this, I noticed another icon on the screen that included 3D glasses. When I pressed the icon to see what happens, the street view map image became a 3D image. Obviously, I was unable to view the image in 3D because no one has one of those weird looking glasses lying around the house. This feature was only there for that one day and disappeared after that. It was likely a test that Google ran to work out some kinks in the system, but it was also likely a sign of things to come.

Although I haven’t seen this yet, it is very conceivable that we will eventually see 3D cameras and video cameras become a mainstay and replace the 2D cameras we use today. The image will only pop out at us when we wear the glasses which will not be very convenient as no one will want to walk down the street wearing those glasses while filming something to see how it looks during the recording.

The problem with the glasses must be eventually corrected so that the technology will not require any in order to be 3D. If they cannot figure out this issue, then 3D technology will likely not replace traditional 2D in all facets and it can become an obstacle that is too big to overcome. As with most technologies, in time the issues we face today will likely have an easy fix in the future. In fact, as in the Philips TV, this fix already exists; it is just too expensive and possibly limited in its scope for the time being.