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Is 3D Technology Worth the Hype?

We’ve seen it in the movies, most brilliantly in James Cameron’s 2009 blockbuster, Avatar. From boardrooms to classrooms, end users are discovering that 3D technology isn’t just for the movies anymore.

The newest models of 3D-ready projectors allow for an immersive perspective of formerly static images, featuring crisp, stunning colors and cool graphics that seem to fly, rotate and magnify in midair.

How extraordinary is the “behind the scenes” action of this technology? With the power of DLP 3D technology, millions of microscopic digital mirrors reflect light, moving so fast that two images are then produced on a screen: one that captures the attention of the left eye, and one that attracts the attention of the right. This kind of separation is necessary in order for us to make the distinction between 2D and 3D images.

There are three primary types of 3D projection technology available:
• Anaglyph – uses two different types of color filters
• Polarized – image separation achieved by polarizing the light differently
• Stereostopic –the image is generated in a frame sequential format (alternating left and right frame)

Stereostopic 3D is the most commonly used format for 3D projectors today, known for producing the highest quality of imaging. With the Texas Instruments-produced DLP link, synching the projected images with the 3D glasses is made easy.

Also consider this:

In addition to the two images on the screen, the DLP chip also sends additional data to the glasses in-between each frame of video. This is how the projector communicates with the DLP link enabled active glasses. This ingenious transmission technique makes data emitters obsolete and eliminates the need to install and position emitters. This saves you time and money and makes setup of a 3D Ready DLP projector quick and easy. Source: DLP Link

Applications for 3D are countless, including these suggestions from Texas Instruments:

• Briefing military personnel on the latest capabilities for fighter planes as the aircraft pivots to simulate flight on the screen
• Showcasing the latest plans for a construction project CAD design for a new house of worship
• Studying anatomy lessons that allow medical students to visually practice heart surgery
• Creating images of complex molecular bond structures shown with a 360 degree view to chemistry students
• Bringing movies such as “Avatar” to life in a home theater

So is 3D worth the hype? With its endless possibilities, seamless ability to immediately engage, deliver compelling content, and not to mention the ever-important “cool” factor, we’d say so.