TV Eyes 3D Glasses. Watch regular TV in 3D. Guaranteed! Right. . .

May 4, 2011

“TV Eyes 3D Glasses. Watch regular TV in 3D. Guaranteed!
No 3D movies or special electronics needed. NEW!”


But wait! – these 3D glasses are not stereoscopic 3D, the only kind of 3D that actually exists.

“Caution: This is not stereoscopic 3-D. It will not turn your TV into a hologram. Objects will not jump out of the screen at you. That effect requires special filming techniques that regular movies don’t use.”

This, I feel, is a case where the classic Tom Waits line applies: “The large print giveth and the small print taketh away.”

Note: all text in blue is from the eBay seller of the above item, a $25 pair of 3D glasses that are not, in fact, 3D glasses. They’re something revolutionary and new! When you hear those words, you should know to hold your wallet tightly.

The TV Eyes 3D Glasses are better than the red-blue (or red-cyan) anaglyph process:

“TV Eyes does not use different colored lenses so it has none of the color distorting effects of the old red/blue 3-D glasses. Colors come through clear and vivid.”

It’s not that old, normal 3D 90% of you see every day as you negotiate our tri-dimensional world. It’s an entirely new type of 3D:

“This is an entirely new type of 3D effect that most people have never seen before. It doesn’t look exactly like the 3D you’d see at the theater, because that type of 3D only works on specially filmed 3D movies. TV Eyes 3D works on everything else!”

When you don’t have science supporting your claims, just throw out science. Science is only something we believe because we’re taught it. Education am bad:

“Simple. We don’t rely on stereopsis. There is an assumption that the only way to view a 3-D image is with two eyes and two angles. We’ve been taught this, and we believe. But our eyes see depth and form in many different ways. Stereopsis is only one.”

The ‘new’ discovery is so important we can’t even tell you the name of the process or who developed it (and where and why):

“It was recently discovered that arranging apertures in just the right way created an amazing new optical effect. Normal 2-D images looked more 3-D. TV Eyes glasses are based on this new discovery.”

Oh, it’s not a single process about arranging apertures, it’s a multi-effect engine that combines stuff to make a new, imaginary form of 3D:

“TV Eyes 3-D creates several different optical effects, that when viewed together create a unique new form of 3-D.”

And then let’s toss in a really neat term “atmospheric perspective” and misuse it. Atmospheric or aerial perspective makes distant objects look lighter in color, lower in contrast and (generally) bluer than nearer objects. Not what he said:

“TV Eyes 3-D increases the atmospheric perspective in a picture. This is the sense that ‘air’ or ‘atmosphere’ exists between objects. This sense is what creates the illusion of solid objects placed in an environment.”

A while ago on the New York Stereoscopic Society’s site I had a back-and-forth with an eBay seller offering something similar, glasses with small holes in them designed to give a 3D effect to movies and TV not actually filmed in 3D. You can follow the links below to see how that went.

TV Eyes Glasses: revolutionary new process or tired, old rip-off?

Update on TV Eyes Glasses: Pinholes from Pie Holes? Or Just Another Sonic Transducer?

Second Update on “TV Eyes Glasses” – Pinholes it is!

TV Eyes 3D Glasses: the Manufacturer Responds

TV Eyes 3D Glasses: the Manufacturer Responds Again. . .and We’re Still Not Convinced!!




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