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Virtual Reality Blueprints by John Williamson, Charles Palmer

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Stereoscopic viewers

Stereoscopic vision is an important evolutionary trait with a set of trade-offs. Nearly all land-based, mammalian predators have forward facing eyes for stereoscopic vision. This allows them to detect objects that may be camouflaged or helps them sort depth to be able to know where to attack. However, this gives predators a narrow field of view, and they are unable to detect movement behind them. Nearly all prey animals have eyes on the sides of their heads for a far wider field of view, allowing them to detect predators from the side and rear.

Artificial stereoscopic images where first created in 1838 when Charles Wheatstone created his stereoscopic viewer, built with mirrors. Fortunately, the invention of the photographic ...

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