Last year Fujifilm unveiled a point-and-shoot digital camera with two lenses that could take 3D photos. Those who bought the camera for around $600 also got two pairs of 3D glasses to allow them to view the images in 3D. But those who have 2D photos and videos can now view them in 3D on a computer – still with the glasses though. Using software from other companies along with a film layer on the screen, Acer laptops and desktops allow users to view games, photos or videos in 3D.
With a simple software download from TriDef to your computer it is possible to watch standard DVDs and photos in 3D – but not Blu-ray or HD formats. Some Asus computers are pre-loaded with software from another company, Nvidia that has a 3D Vision kit that allows you to convert games into stereoscopic 3D without much fuss. But you can’t convert 2D photos and videos with this – the original content must be in 3D format. Hence that Fujifilm 3D camera. The Nvidia kit includes battery-powered 3D glasses that are said to be designed not only for comfort and style but with the ability to go for 40 hours on a single charge. Even then you can charge with ease over a standard USB cable.
Such 3D fun isn’t always for the small budget. Depending on the software you choose, extra glasses can be pricey, which limits the number of friends you can have – unless everybody brings their own. Regardless, these are fun and exciting developments in the world of 3D computing. The ability to convert old photographs and videos into the 3D format is especially noteworthy because of the sheer volume of 2D photographs lying around. It could be like having a View-Master for your very own photos.
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