October 14, 2003
are the latest 3D-publications:
1950s Pin-Ups in 3-D
by Charles Melcher, Bunny Yeager (Introduction)
3-D celebration of 1950's pin-ups, Peepshow is a book like
no other, evoking a glorious American past, a time when
the country was brimming with confidence and innocence.
Featuring 48 unforgettable 3-D pin-up photos in brilliant
color, and designed to slip neatly into your back pocket,
it is a titillating way to sneak an illicit peek. With sturdy
stereoscopic glasses built into the front cover for easy
viewing, Peepshow brings these unforgettable images to 3-D,
volumetric life, creating the illusion that you are actually
standing within reach of each model. Peepshow is kitschy,
fun, nostalgic, and seductive all at once, a truly interactive
experience that will keep you turning the pages for more.
the "mounting" of the stereo images is not always
perfect, and there are many violations of the stereo window.
Some of the photos are even printed pseudoscopically, which
means that the left and right images were exchanged. If
you can view stereo images cross-eyed, this should be no
problem - but it's a real pity that the publisher did not
pay more attention. Otherwise, this book would have received
a 5-star rating, as the images themselves are truly superb!
by Jane Langton, Erik Blegvad (Illustrator)
mysterious cards ...
When Eddy Hall
receives five cards for his stereoscope, he and his sister,
Eleanor, can't wait to see what exotic places they reveal-maybe
Stonehenge, or a centuries-old European cathedral. But instead,
when they look through the stereoscope, Eddy and Eleanor
see some very strange things. An odd-looking rope hangs
from the sky down into every picture. A marmalade-colored
cat that looks suspiciously like Herm, the family cat, also
appears. And one picture looks like the front hall of their
very own house! The images seem to be almost real, not just
three-dimensional illusions. All it will take is one little
tug on that rope to find out for sure....
This is a lovely
children's book for Ages 10 and up. Nicely written, it inspires
fantasy. If you are a 3D-enthusiast and would like to wake
your children's curiosity about stereoscopy, this is well
worth a try.
by Richard L. Gregory
book discusses the physiological and psychological aspects
influencing the functioning of the eye and brain in perception.
This is one of
the best popular science books around. It's so well written
and interesting that it will delight lay readers as well
as its intended student audience.
Brain, and Vision
by David H. Hubel
illustrated account of the nature of vision and of how scientists
have discovered what is now known, down to the cellular
level, about how the brain processes visual form, colour,
depth and movement.
The book features
many stories of scientific discoveries in the field.
History of Vision, A
by Nicholas J. Wade
absolutely marvelous and unique history of the psychology,
physiology, anatomy, and physics of vision from the earliest
times, presented almost entirely in the words and illustrations
of the original thinkers." -- Charles G. Gross, Department
of Psychology, Princeton University
survey covers what Nicholas Wade calls the "observational
era of vision," beginning with the Greek philosophers and
ending with Wheatstone's description of the stereoscope
at the end of the 1830s (after which vision became an experimental
science). Although there are other histories of vision,
this is the first to present extracts of the works of scholars,
organized both topically and chronologically. In what has
become the author's signature style, the book juxtaposes
verbal and visual descriptions. Many of the over three hundred
illustrations are derived from engravings--of portraits
of the scholars cited, as well as of scientific diagrams.
appears beside a significant quotation by the scholar, along
with the dates of birth and death, and the source of the
original illustration. The author's commentary provides
the context for the quotations and traces the scientific
development within each topic. The book is organized around
the principal topics within the investigation of visual
phenomena: light, color, subjective visual phenomena (such
as afterimages and pattern distortions), motion, binocularity,
space, and visual illusions.
This is one of
the greatest books if you wish to go back to the roots of
Vision. Absolutely essential reading when you are want to
obtain in-depth knowledge of stereoscopic vision.
as a softcover
by Mark Blum
enchanted islands of the Galápagos come to life in this
breathtaking 3-D exploration of one of the most popular
ecological travel destinations in the world. Hammerhead
sharks, penguins, giant tortoises, dolphins, marine iguanas,
and rays are among the amazing variety of creatures presented
in up-close stereo photos, on land and underwater, along
with stunning shots of the islands' most beautiful landscapes.
Sturdy 3-D lenses bound into the front cover, informative
captions, a map, and a helpful glossary of terms make Galápagos
in 3-D a fun and fascinating look at the islands and wildlife
studied by Darwin, taught in schools, and beloved by natural
science enthusiasts of all ages.
Charles Wheatstone Frs 1802-1875 (Iee History of Technology
Series, No. 29)
by Brian Bowers
fascinating biography celebrates the bicentenary of Wheatstone's
birth, and draws on information about the family business
as well as letters, including correspondence with Cooke
and Faraday, which were not available for the first edition.
Charles Wheatstone was one of the leading electrical engineers
of the mid-nineteenth century, and began his career in the
family musical instrument firm where studying the workings
of musical instruments gave him a taste for physics. He
was responsible for the introduction of the electrical telegraph
where his scientific understanding enabled him to turn it
into a practical technology. He is also the inventor of
the Stereoscope and thus is "responsible" for
3D-photography and all other forms of stereoscopic imaging.
This book will be of particular interest to scientists and
historians interested in the work of this pioneering engineer.
added November 2002)
Views; An Illustrated History and Price Guide (2nd Edition)
by John Waldsmith
is a reference book for the 3D lover. It covers many aspects
of collection from a variety of historic stereoviews, to
Tru-Vue, to View-Master and so on. There are prices listed,
as well as tips about how to grade collectibles. While prices
are always debatable, it is still a great reference. With
more than 300 photos on a total 336 pages it is also a wonderful
book to browse.
A true "must
have" book for any stereo collector!
added July 2002)
Eye Collector's Edition - 2002 Wall Calendar
by Magic Eye Inc.
entertained by Magic Eye's Collector's Edition with twelve
different 12" x12" amazing images, suitable for framing.
Delve into the latest artistic technology from the creative
team at Magic Eye Inc.
More great news! Viewing Magic Eye images
can IMPROVE YOUR EYESIGHT. Optometrists and vision experts from around
for the world report that viewing Magic Eye images is like "aerobics for
the eyes"! Challenge your binocular vision by exercising your eyes and
imagination with Magic Eye.
Ultimate 3-D Collection
(Haunted Castle / Alien Adventure / Encounter in the Third
Dimension) (Large Format)
(Includes H3D Viewing System) (Region 1 Encoding)
your living room into a multi-dimensional adventure filled
with eye-popping digital effects, live-action thrills, and
gravity-defying races. This first of its kind Collector's
Edition includes everything you need for the Ultimate 3-D
Experience! 3 DVDs plus a complete 3D Home Theater Video
"...delivers 3D thrills and eye-catching surreal effects"
--NY Times "A razzle-dazzle visual feast!" --Hollywood Reporter
A young musician is summoned to his mother's castle in accordance
with her final wishes. Upon his arrival, Johnny quickly
discovers that things are not as they appear. The castle
begins to come alive as materializing spirits lead him to
Mephisto (voiced by Harry Shearer), the ghoulish henchman
to Mr. D (also Harry Shearer), who makes Johnny a tantalizing
offer. The same offer that his mother accepted over twenty
years earlier: surrender your soul in exchange for fame
and fortune. Experience a whirling visual thrill ride as
Johnny explores the underworld of the castle to the explosive
climax where Johnny confronts Mr. D and fights to free his
Steadfastly moving through the galaxy, a group of aliens
head toward planet Earth in hope of establishing a new home
for their people. Little do they know, they're in for the
ride of their lives when they land in the middle of "Adventure
Planet," a new hi-tech amusement park not yet open to the
public Join the Glagoliths in this first full-length digitally
animated giant-screen 3-D film and become immersed in a
succession of eye-popping adventures NOT for the weak of
THE THIRD DIMENSION:
Join Stuart Pankin and Elvira Mistress of the Dark on a
groundbreaking venture into the realm of 3-D filmmaking,
where captivating computer generated imagery mixed with
live action thrills abound. Encounter early incarnations
of the third dimension, from a recreation of one of the
earliest 3-D movies ever made to classic clips from Hollywood's
3-D heyday during the 1950s to modern creations such as
James Cameron's theme park attraction, Terminator 2: 3-D.
Experience the wildest 3-D adventure ever created for the
3-D Home Theater
Video Viewing System includes:
2 Pairs of Shutter Glasses
Video Synchronization Box
RCA Video Extension
Instruction Manual with easy plug-and-play instructions
- Wet & Wild 3D (Region 1 Encoding)
video uses the Pulfrich effect for 3D, meaning that with
glasses that have one dark lens objects that have backgrounds
moving sideways across the screen have the illusion of of
3D. Only some of the scenes use this effect. And although
some of the quality is good, a lot of this video is filler
with not enough time of the women on the screen.