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* [http://pages.samsung.com/us/dlp3d Samsung 3D-Ready DLP HDTVs] - work with PyMOL 1.2b3 & later without any special drivers.  Quadro driver support is still lacking as of Feb. 1st, 2009 - WLD
 
* [http://pages.samsung.com/us/dlp3d Samsung 3D-Ready DLP HDTVs] - work with PyMOL 1.2b3 & later without any special drivers.  Quadro driver support is still lacking as of Feb. 1st, 2009 - WLD
  
* [http://www.mitsubishi-tv.com/ Mitsubishi 3D-Ready DLP HDTVs] - not yet tested but are expected to work with PyMOL 1.2b3 & later without any special drivers.  - WLD
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* [http://www.mitsubishi-tv.com/ Mitsubishi 3D-Ready DLP HDTVs] - not yet tested, but are expected to work with PyMOL 1.2b3 & later without any special drivers.  - WLD
  
 
See [http://www.3dmovielist.com/3dhdtvs.html The 3D HDTV List] for more 3D-capable HDTV options.
 
See [http://www.3dmovielist.com/3dhdtvs.html The 3D HDTV List] for more 3D-capable HDTV options.

Revision as of 12:38, 8 February 2009

This page is for aggregating the latest know-how and links to current Stereo 3D display options best suited for molecular graphics applications like PyMOL. Please strive to provide objective factual information based on first-hand experiences while using the displays for real work and teaching.

Let's figure out together what stereo solutions work well in this brave new post-CRT world!

Categories

  • Active Stereo 3D -- requires expensive and/or bulky shutter glasses. For decades, this has been the standard solution for stereo 3D molecular visualization on the desktop.
  • Passive Stereo 3D -- requires inexpensive lightweight polarized glasses. This is the standard solution for delivering stereo 3D to audiences of more than a small group of people.
  • Autostereoscopic 3D -- means that no glasses are required. However, current autostereoscopic displays tend do not to work well for molecular graphics due to their inability to faithfully represent fine detail such as thin bonds and wire meshes.

Active Stereo 3D (High-Refresh) Displays

This solution would be analogous to using desktop CRT monitors with shutter glasses.

LCD Displays (120 Hz)

Are any of these displays on the market yet?

  • Samsung 2233RZ - On the market, but still lacking Quadro driver support as of Feb 1st, 2009 - WLD

DLP Projection Televisions

Projection televisions tend to be too large and blurry for desktop use. Also, pixels around on the edge of the display are invisible, and this limitation cannot be worked around through overscan since the image must be scanned at 100% in order to support the stereo 3D mode. The solution is to shrink the PyMOL window to cover the visible portion of the screen. It is worth noting that true 3D-capable LCDs (as distinct from 3D-capable HDTVs) do not suffer from this problem.

  • Samsung 3D-Ready DLP HDTVs - work with PyMOL 1.2b3 & later without any special drivers. Quadro driver support is still lacking as of Feb. 1st, 2009 - WLD

See The 3D HDTV List for more 3D-capable HDTV options.

Passive Stereo 3D Displays

Mirror-based Multi-LCD Solutions

  • Planar3D "I have used these displays with nVidia Quadro graphics cards under both Windows and Linux running both PyMOL and Maestro. They work well, and the stereo quality is excellent!" - WLD.
  • Omnia MIMO

One Piece Multi-layer LCD Displays

  • IZ3D - works with PyMOL 1.2b3 & later without any special drivers. However, this display exhibits far too much cross-talk and interference between the two stereo images. Not suitable for professional use. - WLD
  • Zalman 22-inch 3D LCD monitor - works with PyMOL 1.2b3 & later without any special drivers. Excellent stereo quality provided that all drawn lines are at least 2 pixels thick. Menus are a bit awkward to use while in stereo, however, this 600 USD display provides excellent molecular visualization in both full-screen in windowed modes. - WLD

Autostereoscopic LCD Displays

Some autostereoscopic displays have the ability to switch between 2D and 3D display modes. Others are built for 3D only.

Stereo 3D Projectors

Although these displays require shutter glasses out of the box, when combined with the adapters below and a special "silvered" screen, they can be used to project Passive Stereo 3D to a large audience.

Active Stereo 3D DLP Projectors

Passive Stereo 3D Adaptor Hardware for Active Stereo 3D Projectors

These devices make it possible for a large audience to see projected stereo 3D using inexpensive polarized glasses.

Who Says What?

If you provide a specific quote or endorsement above, please say who you are so that everyone can know the source of the information.

  • WLD = Warren L. DeLano of DeLano Scientific LLC