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The History of 3D

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1844 David Brewster introduces the Stereoscope, a device for taking stereo photographs.
1851 A 3D photo of Queen Victoria is displayed at The Great Exhibition.
1855 The Kinematoscope (Stereo Animation Camera) is invented.
1915 The first anaglyphic movie is produced.
1922 The first anaglyphic movie is shown in theatres (The Power of Love).
1935 The first color 3D movie is produced.
1947 The first Russian 3D movie, Robinson Crusoe, is produced.
1952 Touted as the world's first feature-length 3D movie, Bwana Devil is released in the USA and heralds a short-lived boom in 3D movie production.
1953 Two ground-breaking 3D movies are released: Man in the Dark and House of Wax. The latter is the first 3D movie released with stereo sound, and is directed by André De Toth—who has only one eye.
1953 The 3-D Follies becomes the first 3D film to be cancelled during production, signalling the end of the 3D boom.
1960 September Storm is the first anaglyphic movie released in the Cinemascope format (although technically it's just an expanded non-anamorphic film).
1981 Comin at Ya! is released in anaglyphic format using the "over and under" process (where two views are printted on a single frame, one above the other). This film launches the 3D boom of the 1980s that includes Amityville 3-D, Friday the 13th Part III and Jaws 3-D.
2009 James Cameron's film Avatar, shot with the Fusion Camera System he helped develop, is hailed as the best 3D film to date and helps push 3D towards the mainstream.
2010 The world's first dedicated 3D television channel, South Korea's SKY 3D, launches with side-by-side 1920x1080i resolution.
2010 The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) features prototype 3D televisions from most major manufacturers.