[Chimera-users] Stereo glasses

Tom Goddard goddard at sonic.net
Mon Jun 10 11:19:02 PDT 2019

Hi Jonathan,

  Nvidia was the main distributor of 3D active LCD stereo glasses, and they dropped support for their Nvidia 3D Vision glasses and emitters in April 2019 as described here

	https://www.ghacks.net/2019/03/11/nvidia-3d-vision-end-of-support/ <https://www.ghacks.net/2019/03/11/nvidia-3d-vision-end-of-support/>


Nvidia graphics driver released after April 2019 won't work with these glasses.  You can continue to use Nvidia 3D Vision with old graphics drivers, maybe that is the best option.

  The LCD active stereo glasses technology appears to be nearly dead.  If you try to use it be prepared for problems getting it to work and to pay a lot of money.  We have been using active stereo LCD with a stereo projector for many decades.  We use it infrequently now, instead using virtual reality headsets with our ChimeraX software.  Virtual reality headsets give better immersion but don't yet easily handle having a half-dozen people viewing the same scene in the same room (would require 6 separate computers driving the 6 headsets).

  Here are details on the old LCD glasses projector system we are have which is working:

	10 pairs of RealD CE4 and CE4s stereo glasses ($280 each)

		 http://www.colorlinkjapan.com/brand/product/ce4s.html <http://www.colorlinkjapan.com/brand/product/ce4s.html>

	A Stereo Graphics EXXR extra long range emitter ($780)

		http://www.colorlinkjapan.com/brand/product/exxr-emitter.html <http://www.colorlinkjapan.com/brand/product/exxr-emitter.html>

	A Christie Mirage S+4K projector circa 2006, (1440 x 1050 resolution), no longer in production

		https://www.projectorcentral.com/Christie-Mirage_S+4K.htm <https://www.projectorcentral.com/Christie-Mirage_S+4K.htm>

	An Nvidia Quadro P6000 graphics card ($3700)

		https://www.amazon.com/PNY-Quadro-P6000-Graphic-Card-x/dp/B01M0S2FKR <https://www.amazon.com/PNY-Quadro-P6000-Graphic-Card-x/dp/B01M0S2FKR>

	with a stereo emitter bracket

		http://www8.hp.com/h20195/v2/GetPDF.aspx/c04658472.pdf <http://www8.hp.com/h20195/v2/GetPDF.aspx/c04658472.pdf>

This system breaks about once a year after graphics driver updates, the fix usually being to set the projector to be either the primary display or secondary display (depends on graphics driver version).  Also the glasses fail at maybe the rate of 1 out of 10 pairs per year.


> On Jun 7, 2019, at 8:30 AM, Jonathan Sheehan <jonathan.sheehan at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> What stereo setup are people recommending these days?  It seems that
> NVIDIA has discontinued the 3D Vision 2 goggles+emitter. Is there
> something else that is available and works well?
> Thanks for any advice!
> -Jonathan
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