3D History 101

By Remi
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In case you haven’t noticed, I ran a quiz on Twitter for quite a few weeks now and I thought you guys may enjoy the results  summed up as it’s pretty amazing to see how much 3D evolved over the years.

First, you’ve got to know that the very first device that enabled people to see 3D pictures comes all the way from 1838! Right, it’s that old! :) It was invented by Charles Wheatstone who “was awarded the Royal Medal of the Royal Society […], [for] a research which led him to make stereoscopic drawings and construct the stereoscope”.

Quickly after that, in 1853, Wilhelm Rollmann developed the first red and cyan glasses and, in 1861, Coleman Seller Jr. patented the Kinematoscope which delivered stereoscopic animations, i.e. 3D movies!

stereoscope 3DS Dassault Systèmes system systeme systemes catia solidworks delmia enovia simulia draftsight 3D persepctives ghost abyss james cameron audioscopiks power love Charles Wheatstone Wilhelm Rollmann anaglyph glasses glass kinematoscope stereoscopic It took some time before an actual movie popped up on cinema screens but, finally, in 1922, The Power of Love was released.

Not so long afterwards, in 1935, the 3D movie Audioscopiks was even nominated for an Oscar!

However, we had to wait until 2003 and James cameron’s Ghost of the Abyss to have a full length movie. By the way, it was a documentary about the Titanic’s jetsam!

Of course, it really exploded with Avatar in 2009 (still by James Cameron by the way) and since then you even have the possibility to have a personal 3D TV…

Can you imagine? We will be able to tell our kids “you know, I was there when we had 2D TVs!”

But first, let’s see if you’ve studied enough… I’ll give you the answer next week in the comment section! ;-)

Cheers,

Rémi




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3 responses to “3D History 101”

  1. Cliff says:

    Excellent Remi! When will this be covered on the History Channel?

  2. Remi says:

    I wish it was! Looking at the poll results, I still have to do some teaching! ^^

  3. Remi says:

    Well I’m glad to see that more than 50% of you found the right answer! Red and cyan glasses are indeed called anaglyph glasses!

    However, you can also just call them red and cyan glasses so the almost 20% who gave that answer are not completely wrong either.

    As for the stereoscope, it’s the first picture (pretty different right?) so sorry guys, if you’re part of the other 25% who answered that… you’ve got to study your 3D history a bit more!

    Here is a pretty nice text to catch up with the other: ;-)
    http://ezinearticles.com/?The-History-of-3D-Technology&id=3711641

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