TV Moves in on 3-D — Camera Sends Two Pix, Eye Sees One (Sep, 1953)

TV Moves in on 3-D — Camera Sends Two Pix, Eye Sees One

TV has invaded 3-D. On test programs, ABC has alternately telecast scenes as they would be seen with the left and the right eye. A rotating disk—half clear plastic, half mirrored—is set up before the camera (above left). A direct shot is taken through the clear plastic; then an image, bounced to the mirrored half by a second mirror three inches to one side, is photographed. Every 60th of a second, a picture appears on an alternate tube of a twin-tube receiver (above right) and is projected through its own polaroid filter onto a screen. A viewer with polaroid specs sees one picture with one eye at a time, but the brain holds the image and fuses it with the next one.

6 comments
  1. Myles says: February 1, 201112:30 pm

    Any day now.

  2. Charlene says: February 1, 201112:54 pm

    Some times it takes 60 years for an idea to take flight.

    Even an exceptionally bad idea.

  3. Mike says: February 1, 20113:01 pm

    If it wasn’t for smell-o-vision this would have taken off in the 50s! I remember hearing about 3D television 20+ years ago or so and how the prototype was ready. At the end of some newscast they showed it on regular 2D TV, which cracked me up because I didn’t see the 3D effect. I remember it showed a dog running around a yard, short maybe 30 seconds of video.
    I don’t remember if it caused nausea.

  4. BARRY IN LAS VEGAS says: February 2, 20113:29 pm

    I think famed bus driver Ralph Kramden was the first person to say he would never buy a television until they made them in 3D. I have a 3D television and it was worth waiting since I was a kid in the 1950s to get it. Too bad there isn’t more to watch.

  5. Firebrand38 says: February 2, 20113:58 pm

    BARRY IN LAS VEGAS: That’s correct http://www.youtube.com/…

  6. Thundercat says: February 3, 20118:21 pm

    Wasn’t the guy on the right part of Biff’s gang in Back to the Future?

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