Allow 3D glasses

Case number:845833-988214
Topic:Game: Display
Opened by:Tlaloc
Status:Open
Type:Suggestion
Opened on:Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 00:21
Last modified:Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 04:06

Allow the ability to use red/blue glasses to see figures in 3D. It might make it a little easier to see the 3D structure of the protein.

(Thu, 08/12/2010 - 00:21  |  10 comments)


Joined: 09/18/2009
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Yes, or red/green.

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yes, or side by side

Joined: 05/19/2009
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There are several stereoscopic solutions available that should work out-of-the-box for Foldit without software modification.

1. (Most likely to succeed) Nvidia 3D Vision. LCD shutter glasses.

2. A pair of ASUS LCD shutter glasses.

3. A pair of ELSA Revelator glasses, combined with a riva TNT2 graphics card (oldskool AGP connection). As long as Foldit uses Z-buffering it should work. I have used this in the past and it is very convincing.

I have an eye condition which allows me to see Foldit models in semi-stereoscopy (depth in the flat plane). It does aid in the understanding of 3-d layout, but does not help much in moving things around as the UI is still combersome in that respect. A gesture interface 'pick it and move it around' would be more beneficial, like VPL powergloves or Oblong's G-Speak. (http://oblong.com/). Think: KiNect or Wii.

Joined: 06/17/2010

Tried use iZ3D but it not working in foldit (it uses directx not opengl).

Joined: 12/06/2008
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You're forgetting us colorblind folks, again. For it to be useful to me, it would have to be done with two slightly different images side by side, like the old stereograms were done.

Joined: 05/19/2009
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I have started the initiative to explore the possibilities of connecting the WiiMote and Nunchuck to a PC in combination with Foldit. I will post updates when available. I do not have a Mac, so cannot test that.

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Any news about this now about 5 years later?

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The oculus rift will be out in 20 countries in a few months. Prices will start going down an availability will go up soon after. Is folding going to be able to support this on windows and linux?

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As always, our top priorities in development are aimed toward improving Foldit for hardware currently available to users. While we are a small development team, we are always open to the possibility and potential for graduate students and funding towards increasing development energy (and staff) on and for new platforms and input devices.

We appreciate the suggestions and discussions that may assist (but not guarantee) prioritizing the types of hardware support that would be most useful to the community!

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I know some are interested in the Oculus Rift and other cutting-edge technology, but JMol has simple stereographic viewing with several options: glasses (red + cyan, red + blue, or red + green), cross-eyed, and wall-eyed. Nothing cutting-edge about it, but good enough for viewing molecules. There might even be standard stereographic libraries available. I'd vote for simple and cheap, don't really need "immersive" for Foldit.

After some quick online shopping, it seems GoPro has a stereo mode, so you can buy a 5-pack of GoPro-branded red-blue glasses for $4.99. (And hey, looks like the frames are cardboard, so take that, Google.) A single pair of plastic-framed glasses can be had for $5. It looks like this old-tech 3D is thriving, and "anaglyph" might be a trending search term. The glasses won't work for everyone, but they're a couple of orders of magnitude cheaper than the Rift. Cross-eyed or wall-eyed viewing may work for those with poor color vision. (I'm red-green color weak, but standard glasses still work for me.)

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