Since a couple of years, a renaissance of 3dimensional cinema can be observed. Even though the stereoscopy was quite
popular within the last 150 years, the 3d cinema has disappeared and re-established itself several times.
The first boom in the late 19th century stagnated and vanished after a few years of success, the same happened again in
50’s and 80’s of the 20th century.
With the commercial success of the 3d blockbuster "Avatar“ in 2009, at the latest, it is obvious that the 3d cinema is
having a comeback. How long will it last this time?
There are already some signs of a declining interest in 3d movies, as the discrepancy between expectations and the
results delivered becomes more evident.
From the former hypes it is known: After an initial phase of curiosity (high expectations and excessive fault tolerance), a
phase of frustration and saturation (critical analysis and subsequent disappointment) will follow. This phenomenon is
known as “Hype Cycle”
The everyday experienced evolution of technology has conditioned the consumers. The expectation “any technical
improvement will preserve all previous properties” cannot be fulfilled with present 3d technologies. This is an inherent
problem of stereoscopy and autostereoscopy: The presentation of an additional dimension caused concessions in relevant
characteristics (i.e. resolution, brightness, frequency, viewing area) or leads to undesirable physical side effects (i.e.
subjective discomfort, eye strain, spatial disorientation, feeling of nausea).
It will be verified that the 3d apparatus (3d glasses or 3d display) is also the source for these restrictions and a reason for
decreasing fascination. The limitations of present autostereoscopic technologies will be explained.