Caught an interesting article in the Scientific American magazine online today. It was about stereoscopic color pictures of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake being found by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. The pictures are now online too and most people will be able to view them as a 3D image. (If you have trouble doing this, it may be a sign of a vision problem, see me or your optometrist for an exam and more info).
When I sat back from the computer, relaxed my eyes and viewed these images, I was amazed by the impact it had on me. All of the sudden, I was there on the scene, witnessing the heaps of debris and devastation firsthand. It got me thinking, with all this talk of 3D gaming and with advances in technology like the iPad and 3D TV, will we one day be viewing photographs from magazines and news articles in 3D? I found the earthquakes affecting Japan to be heart-breaking, I can’t fathom seeing the pictures from it with my full depth perception, as if I am there myself. Perhaps, it would inspire viewers to be even more sympathetic to people who are having catastrophic misfortunes happen to them and would better motivate them to reach out to those people and places in the world. It could just make this planet feel like an even smaller place and create more of a desire for peace, understanding and assistance to those in need.
When trying to view the images on the Scientific American website, you should sit a comfortable distance from your computer or viewing screen, an arm’s length away. Then relax your eyes as if you are looking right through your screen. You will see your vision double and create a third image in between the two actual images. This third image, once properly lined up, will be in 3D.
Newer technologies like Nintendo 3DS allow you to view scenes in three dimensions without having to wear 3D glasses and without the use of seperate kromogram images that you have to force your eyes to fuse. Not everyone’s eyes may be able to comfortably do this.
Again, if you are having difficulty with 3D viewing, you may be having a problem with your eye aiming and teaming skills. See me or your local optometrist for more details, there are ways we can help!