Originally Posted by Joseph Clark
This is a silly conversation. Human stereo vision is based on the evolutionary ability of the brain to fuse two images so that we perceive depth in a unique way. It's not the only way to figure out which objects are in front of others, but the stereoscopic 3D experience (by definitiion, with two eyes) is different from all the others. When you close one eye, you eliminate stereoscopic vision and the uniquely beautiful view of our world that it gives you.
This new technology cannot have the magical ability to restore 3D vision to a person with only one good eye. But the quote from Mr. Rajan implies just such a capability.
What Mr. Rajan was saying is that a person with mono vision can move their head and they will see "around" objects in the scene, a bit like looking at a hologram. With standard stereo 3D, a one-eyed viewer will see nothing but a flat scene.
Human stereo vision is only effective to about 20 feet, beyond that you use other means to deduce 3D. That includes most landscapes and architecture. The Grand Canyon looks the same if you have one eye or two eyes.
One the issue of whether 3D stereo vision can be experienced through one eye, a recent study indicates that it may in fact be possible. Therefore I don't think it's a silly conversation.
"Dr Vishwanath said: "We have demonstrated experimentally, for the first time, that the same 'special way' in which depth is experienced in 3D movies can also be experienced by looking at a normal picture with one eye viewing through a small aperture (circular hole).
While this effect has been known for a long time, it is usually dismissed. Now we have shown that it is in fact real, and the perceptual results are exactly like stereoscopic 3D, the kind seen in 3D movies. Based on this finding, we have provided a new hypothesis of what the actual cause of the 3D experience might be." source: BBC
Finally, take a look at this video:
and this one...