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Miscellaneous Stereo3D Hardware

 last update: April 14, 2006

BMD - Boom Mounted Displays
HHD - Handheld Displays
Location Based Entertainment/Terminals
3D-Photo-Cameras (contemporary, non-vintage)
Portable Systems
items moved to dedicated pages:
Simulation/VR-Caves (moved)
Monitors (Polarization, Autostereoscopy & others) (moved)
Projection Systems (moved)
Pseudo-Stereo Generators (moved)
Video-Cameras (moved)
Video-Converters (moved)

BMD (Boom Mounted Displays)


Fakespace Boom 3C
(dual CRT, 1280x1024)

Fakespace FS2
(dual CRT, 1280x1024)

Fakespace Pinch
(dual CRT, 1280x1024)

Fakespace Push
(dual CRT, 1280x1024)

Fakespace MedView
(dual CRT, 1280x1024)

RPI Entertainment

Contemporary 3D-Photo-Cameras (non-vintage)
Unfortunately most 3D cameras are vintage.

New - fall 2006:
3DWorld - Tri-lens Manual Reflex Stereo Camera

RBT-Raumbildtechnik GmbH, Germany
manufactures a variety of high-quality stereo-cameras, stereo-slide-projectors and utilities

The Loreo/Argus Set

3D-camera set Loreo, also known as Argus :

Fixed focus, fixed exposure. The only affordable non-vintage stereo photo camera working in standard 35mm format I could find. Prints can be made in any lab. The result is a split image for parallel viewing, as you can see from the viewer in the image avove. It's made of very thick and stable plastic. Rated as a good, cheap beginner (!) system by german "3D-Magazin". Not good enough for the pro stereo photographer however.

I bought the camera and tried it on a cloudy december day. The results were way to dark, even with a 400 ASA Kodak print film. This baby needs lots of light! The manual suggests 200 or 400 ASA film, but I achieved good results with 800 ASA. The close-up shots done with the built-in flash are better than expected.

The viewfinder image isn't accurate. What you see on the left corner of the viewfinder won't be on the actual photo, at least in a distant range of less than 5 m.  (Look at this shot from my gallery. This site in the UK has some more shots.)

Available in Germany at 3d-video.de
Camera and additional standard- and mini-viewers available in the USA here.
Camera and viewers are manufactured by Loreo Asia Ltd. Hong Kong, Fax: 852-8685937

All in all the Loreo is an easy, cheap and rewarding entry into real 3D. Recommended!

Loreo MKII
Now has glass lenses and mirrors, instead of plastic

Loreo 321
presented in 2000 at photokina

Vivitar 3Dcam

Loreo "Lens in a cap" SLR 3D lens replacement

Replaces the standard lens of a SLR camera. Different versions available for Canon, Pentax, Minolta, Nikon, Olympus.
3/4 sensor format versions available for digital SLR.

ImageTech 3DMagic, one-way 3-lens camera. Fixed focus, fixed exposure. Flash and no-flash version available.

ImageTech 3Dfx,  3-lens camera. Fixed focus, fixed exposure, flash.

ImageTech 3D Wizard,  3-lens camera. 3 level focus, 3 level exposure, flash.

ImageTech 3D trio (1998),  3-lens camera, fixfocus, flash .

All 3 ImageTech cams use 35 mm film, but the resulting image format isn't standard (AFAIK). I guess a slide from this cameras wouldn't fit in a normal slide holder. The negatives are out of scale, wider than normal. Ordering prints or a photo-CD from an ordinary lab might result in a mess. Treatment in a special lab is required. The result is a lenticular print, the rugged plastic 3D stuff you can find in cornflakes boxes. 3D-postcards work that way too. This isn't my idea of good 3D. A review of the cameras in the german newspaper FAZ  (7/15/97) wasn't that positve. The 3D-effect was described as "gelinde Räumlichkeit" (= soft/weak 3D).

A processing service for 3- and 4-lens shots is hard to find.

Try this one: orasee.com

Beam-Splitters for standard camera filter mounts. Available from various manufacturers & dealers.
One source is 3dist.


Stereoscopy.com 3D-camera index

HHD (Handheld Displays)

n-Vision Virtual Binoculars handheld stereo display, CRT, 640*480 non-int., 1280*1024 int.

Location Based Entertainment/Simulation

VRex VRKiosk

Computers and More CMP-2100 VR POD

Virtuality Arcade Machines: Various Models

Portable Systems

VRex Cyberbook, Stereo3D-notebook (passive, line-sequential)
Passive polarization system. The odd-line of the Cyberbook's display are polarized one way, the even lines are polarized the other way. By wearing polarization glasses one eye can only see half of the lines. Used with some alternate-line 3D software you'll see stereo3D. No heavy glasses, no flicker, no interlace or page-flipping compatibility issues. Cool.

Nintendo Virtual Boy: Monochrome (black/red), but Stereoscopic. Presented on CES '95. Was available in the USA for a short time. About 15 game titles of questionalble quality hit the US stores. In Japan about 20 titles appeared. As far as I know the VB never made it to the European market. If you have one, keep it under glass. It's a nice antique already <g>. Thanks to Gabor Laufer for the infos.
Check out the PlanetVB - Virtual Boy Database.

3DTV Corp. provided me with a sample of the VB and some VB-modules. Pretty impressing. Crystal clear, ghost free stereo-image! I'm thinking about doing a 'vintage review' of the gadget.

   From the developer of the Virtual Boy monochrome display, comes a new full color display technology:
Reflection Technology : Miniature LED-VGA-color-display

     suitable for many kinds of small, portable systems, including HMD's.
Here's what they claim to be the advantages of LED over LCD:
     Lower Cost
     Lower Power Consumption
     Higher Contrast
     Resolution Scalability
     More Rugged Display
     Superior Color
     100% Image Fill (no gaps between pixels as in LCD's)
     Full Color Pixels (a single pixel appears in whatever tint, opposed to the red/green/blue triads in

     I guess there'll be backdraws as well.
     The current version (P7) offers true 640x480 in 4096 colors at 60 Hz. It'll be manufactured by Omron,
     a large japanese company.
     I don't know of any HMD which uses this technology yet.



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Christoph Bungert, Germany