3D Shutterglasses Comparison Chart

All kinds of shutterglasses: Computer, Consoles, TV, Video, Cinema, Pro, Consumer, Experimental, everything...

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Christoph Bungert

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Introduction to 3D-LC-shutterglasses
None of these glasses produces an image. They are used to watch a standard monitor. They block the light from the right eye while the monitor shows an image for the left eye and vice versa. The monitor has to show separate images for the left and right eye at a high rate (usually between 80 and 160 Hz). This technique is called "time sequential stereo".
LC-Shutterglasses are often refered to as LCD-glasses, even by myself. That's not quite correct. LCD means Liquid Crystal Display, but there is no display here, just a shutter (light blocker) for each eye.
The resolution and  no. of colors are infinite, they just depend on your VGA and monitor. That's the reason why IMHO the shutterglasses technology can't be beaten by any other stereo technology within the next few years. And it's cheap too. Even Headtracking is possible, as StereoGraphics demonstrated. Well, it's different from the headtracking in VR-helmets. It's used to watch objects from different angles.
The most important column in the chart is "Controller". The Controller makes the difference. You may also build your own homebrew controller. Please consult the Controller Comparison Chart.
For issues concerning the physical appearance and comfort of different glasses please go to the X-RAY Lab.
The major drawback of Shutterglasses is cross-talk (ghosting). Another drawback is flicker, but this can be dealt with by using high refresh rates.
LCD Shutterglasses require either a standard multisynch CRT (cathode-ray tube) monitor/projector or a 3D-ready LCD-monitor, plasma-monitor or DLP-monitor/projector. Older shutterglasses designed for CRT-monitors aren't compatible to LCD or plasma monitors.
The wired Shutterglasses usually have a standard 3.5 mm stereo jack (like a walkman headphone) and should be interchangeable. The new VESA-connectors have different electrical specifications! Do not connect your "old" glasses to a VESA 3 connector directly or through a "dumb" adaptor. You'll need an adaptor with some additional circuits. Consult the technology page for details.
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