Thanks for the "heads up" on Hasbro's and Sony's new 3D viewers. I believe 3D can greatly improve the experience of viewing spherical panoramas; perhaps more so than other media, because the main "message" of most spherical panos is about 3D spatial relationships.
Now that you have shown how any panographer can make good 3D sphericals without any special equipment, the only things standing in the way of a big wave of popularity for this medium are viewing devices, and the marketing clout to make the public aware. Both of which Hasbro and Sony can supply in abundance.
I don't need to tell you that the stereopticon, the grandfather of the ViewMaster, was found in every civilized home from the late 19th thru early 20th centuries, and producing cards for it was a big money maker.
I hope you have already contacted Hasbro about starting a production company for the spherical views of famous/amazing sights, that could be a big hit on the "iViewMaster".
Sony is a harder sell since they are accustomed to think they can and should do everything in-house. But assuming they get this device on the market in some kind of usable form (ideally with gyros), it could become the viewer of choice for serious pano-tourism. There are quite a few other head-mounted stereo display devices, but none produced by a rich company with access to the best technology.
I share your excitement.
Best regards, Tom
--- In PanoToolsNG@yahoogroups.com, Wim Koornneef <wim.koornneef@...> wrote:
> Hello Group,
> There are many systems to view 3D images, f.e. with anaglyph glasses, active
> shutterglasses, passive polarized glasses and other systems.
> One of the most wel known is the old skool View-Master from decades ago, if
> you are aged 30+ then there is a good chance that you have experiences
> yourself with the plastic viewer and the carton disc holding 7 left and 7
> right eye dia positive slides and if so I am sure that you remember how real
> and crisp the images could be.
> Based on the same method Hasbro released a couple of month ago a viewer for
> use with the iPhone on the iPhone are a left and a right eye image displayed
> and with good content the experience is just the same and just as crispy as
> with the "Master".
> On the last PanTools Meeting in Vienna I demonstrated the new Hasbro my3D
> viewer with some of my parallel displayed 3D Pano2VR HTmlCss3 panos (moved
> by the gyros of the iPhone4) and I got the impression that people liked it a
> lot and had no problem viewing the panos.
> To get an idea here how it looks here is an example of a 3D side-by-side
> pano for display with the Hasbro viewer.
> Without the viewer you try on iPhone 4 the moving of the pano with the gyros
> and on other devices, desktops included, you can move the left pano with
> mouse or finger and then the right pano will follow smoothly.
> Btw, with the staring method perhaps you can see the 3D depth without the
> Short http://tinyurl.com/3ces4j9
> Yesterday Sony launched a much more advanced system based on the same
> method, a slick looking head device with build in display.
> I am curious if the Sony head display is just a gimmick or a device that
> will be just as popular as the View-Master, I guess time will tell.
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