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The Sciences

Live From CES: Do-It-Yourself 3D

DiscoblogBy Stephen CassJanuary 11, 2009 7:24 PM

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One of the trends that being talked about at this year's CES is the latest attempt by TV makers to introduce 3D displays for the home. After all, after many, many false starts, IMAX 3D theaters have finally established a sizable and stable audience for 3D movies--why not let people enjoy the same experience at home? But this effort is all about watching 3D content that someone else has made. In this Web 2.0 age of user-generatedcontent, surely there's some way that regular folk can get in on the 3D game? Indeed there is, which is where the Minoru 3D Webcam comes in. It produces 3-images using the old-school red-and-blue cardboard-and-plastic glasses method. Although not as slick as more modern 3D systems, such as LCD-shutter glasses, red-and-blue glasses are sufficiently cheap and ubiquitous that there's a good chance that many people have a pair lying around. The webcam just became available to buy and retails for about $90.

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