updated 03:55 pm EDT, Wed August 2, 2006
Dolby 3D Movie Projection
Monster House's recent debut showed that the popularity of 3D movies has survived well past the days of B-movies at the drive-in. On average, screens showing a special 3D version of the movie took in twice as much income as those showing the regular print. Convincing movie theater owners to equip their screens for 3D has been difficult, however. Common 3D projection systems either need silver screens (such as those for Monster House) or battery-powered glasses to boost the amount of light visible to the audience - and either solution can be prohibitively expensive. Dolby Labs has announced a potential cure: in working with the technology of German company Infitec, the company is developing a 3D projection design that can use standard white screens and cheap polarized glasses to produce the right effect. We may be wearing silly glasses for movies after Spring 2007, when Dolby expects the technique will be ready for widespread use.