Stereo 3D Display Options
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!
- 1 Categories
- 2 Active Stereo 3D (High-Refresh) Displays
- 3 Passive Stereo 3D Displays
- 4 Autostereoscopic LCD Displays
- 5 Active Stereo 3D (High Refresh) Projectors
- 6 Who Say's?
- "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 few 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.
Are any of these displays on the market yet?
DLP Projection Televisions
Projection televisions tend to be too large and blurry for desktop use.
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
Autostereoscopic LCD Displays
Some autostereoscopic displays have the ability to switch between 2D and 3D display modes. Others are built for 3D only.
Active Stereo 3D (High Refresh) 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.
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.
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- WLD = Warren L. DeLano of DeLano Scientific LLC