What is 3D Video?

3D video is not an entirely new technology, having been around in the film industry for many decades. However, the technologies that deliver this immersive form of video viewing are improving. New cameras, better viewing glasses, projection systems, software and displays are starting to bring 3D video into its own at the consumer level, enabling new forms of creative expression and imaging. 3D video requires the capture of two images simultaneously, the same way our eyes do. Once captured, this dual imagery must be displayed or projected in a way our eyes and brain can resolve enough to be believable with the assistance of specialized eyewear. New LED-based systems that do not require special glasses show considerable promise, but currently require a very precise viewing angle. Consumer displays and televisions that support 3D technologies began to appear on the markets in 2010.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • - davidwdeeds davidwdeeds Mar 2, 2013 Uh...sorry, I don't see this as relevant. I don't let my students watch movies in class! They can do that at home. I call this "flipping the classroom" versus "being a no-fun teacher." ;)
  • I hope that 3D tv goes away, it is a gimmick I hope. Actually, I hope I am wrong and cool things come out of it. But I agree, I don't see how it is really relevant to education right now. - mrskeeler mrskeeler Mar 2, 2013
  • I see 3D video as incremental and not innovative. - lmotta lmotta Mar 3, 2013
  • I agree. It supports the transmission type model of teaching. The best technologies are the ones that empower the students. We want to see a change in pedagogy, not just more of the same with more lights and special effects. Also the cost is still prohibitive. - cristiana.mattos cristiana.mattos Mar 5, 2013
  • I agree with the others. Even in the consumer space 3D has lost its luster. http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/145168-3d-tv-is-dead - brandt.redd brandt.redd Mar 7, 2013

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