3D glasses let our imaginations run free, creating images that you can almost reach out and touch. Today, 3D glasses deliver more unique and exciting experiences than ever before. But where did 3D glasses come from, and who created them?
While the use of 3D glasses grows more popular by the day, they have actually been around for many years. In 1838, Charles Wheatstone applied principles of stereopsis, the ability to perceive depth, to create the first 3D viewing device: the stereoscope. It was a cumbersome machine that looked much a flat board with mirrors or lenses popping up from it, but a technological marvel for its time.
Sir David Brewster streamlined Wheatstone’s device by removing the mirrors and making the lenses easier to view. What resulted was the world’s first portable, 3D viewing device – the lenticular stereoscope! Like a pair of binoculars, these could be easily wielded by viewers to see eye-popping 3D images.
3D glasses’ popularity began to rise. The first public 3D film, The Power of Love, was released in 1922 using the red-and-green anaglyphic glasses that we are familiar with today, and led to more 3D films released throughout the 1950s. The lenses of these 3D glasses were placed in comfortable cardboard or plastic frames, and could be sanitized and reused when the film was over.
Today, 3D anaglyphic glasses are issued to audiences the world over to deliver jaw-dropping 3D experiences. 3D movies are a popular trend, and even home televisions are using 3D glasses to let audiences see beyond what’s real! Modern advances in technology are making the 3D experience more astonishing than ever, and you can bet that 3D glasses will be around to see it!