100-year-old gadget could be the future of 3D TV

By December 9, 2010Newswires

100-year-old gadget could be the future of 3D TV

By Evan Ackerman

Usually, making 2D things into 3D things involves tricking the eye using special glasses, which make you perceive something has depth when it really doesn’t. Surprisingly, the next advance in 3D could come by way of a gadget first invented in 1907, one that goes straight for your brain instead.

Synoptic 3D was invented a hundred years ago buy a Polish guy named Moritz von Rohr. His synoptic viewer was a device that you could hold up to your eyes and look through like binoculars, and, by bouncing light around to make sure that both of your eyes were seeing an image from the same perspective, it could cause your brain to see 2D pictures in 3D.

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