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Quake III Arena in real 3D, anyone? It might not be far off, thanks to work done by graphics specialist S3 and Germany's Dresden University of Technology to create an OpenGL-based stereoscopic display system. The key to the technology is Dresden's D4D 3D monitor, which displays images in stereoscopic 3D without forcing the viewer to wear special glasses. The two images -- one for the right eye and one for the left -- that make up the full stereoscopic picture are generated by two S3 Diamond Fire GL1 graphics accelerators fed by any OpenGL-compatible application. S3 engineers developed the drivers that allow the two cards, which were developed for Windows NT graphics workstations, to co-operate in the rendering of an image that the D4D can display stereoscopically. The system as a whole is some way from widespread availability, and isn't likely to be cheap when it gets there. However, the two organisations are looking at how they can co-operate to bring specs-free stereoscopic displays to market. ®

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