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A New Dimension to Offer


Technological advancements are crafted, fielded, and sold from the vantage point of benefit: How can this make my life better? The origins of three-dimensional (3D) technology are no different. 3D technology targets the mind’s ability to make sense of two different angles of an image, and therefore perceive depth. Earlier models, common in movie theaters and cereal box toys, utilized red and blue lenses to outwit one’s perception of a flat image and project it into 3D images, promising deeper immersive experiences and even “x-ray vision.” More recently, the capacity of 3D technology has expanded, as seen with the recent virtual reality craze in the entertainment field. The ability to use software to create physical objects within 360-degree experiences allows users to not only observe a high-fidelity experience but also actively manipulate projected surroundings. Beyond the entertainment industry, virtual reality has also been utilized to improve educational outcomes1 through real-time 3D visualization of 3D structures, showing great potential for positive impact on student, physician, and patient lives.

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