3D Experiment: Red/Blue Glasses vs. HD Glasses (page 2)

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Author: Mike Calhoun

Research Questions:

  • How do high definition glasses allow the wearer to see 2-demensional images in 3D?
  • How do red/blue lens 3D glasses allow the wearer to see 2-demensional images in 3D?
  • What is the difference in the optics between HD and red/blue 3D glasses lenses?
  • Is it possible to clearly see 3D holographic images wearing standard red/blue 3D glasses?
  • When drawing images what important consideration must be made in order to produce 3D holographic images when viewed through HD Glasses?
  • Why make geological maps that require the wearing of High Definition glasses instead of standard 3D glasses? 


  • Construction paper, pencil, 48 count crayon box, or bright florescent color marking pens
  • ChromaDepth® HD Glasses
  • Standard Red/Blue color lens 3D glasses
  • Color pictures or images of landmasses, underwater scenes, and/or space scenes

*Safety: Do not look directly at very bright light sources or the Sun while using the HD and 3D Glasses as it may cause permanent eye damage!


  1. Select a landform or some other image similar to one shown and draw a rough outline along with its main features on a sheet of construction paper.
  2. Next color in the drawing. Use black and very dark blue as background colors, red for foreground objects, and green for the middle-ground objects.
  3. You can use other colors when you are creating your 3D picture also. Just progress from foreground (red) to middle-ground (green) to background (dark blue/black) using the colors in rainbow order.

picture colors

  1. When you've completed your picture, place the image on a flat surface, stand over it, and put on your two different pairs of 3D glasses.
  2. Record the results, using descriptions such as “Fuzzy,” “Lack of color separation,” “Image pops off the paper,” “Image(s) appear to float,” etc.
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