3D technology can be traced all the way back to the beginning of photography. In 1844 David Brewster invented the Stereoscope. It was a new invention that could take photographic images in 3D. Later, Louis Jules Duboscq took that invention and improved on it. Louis took a picture of Queen Victoria using the improved technology and displayed it at the Great Exhibition in 1851. This picture became very well known throughout the world. Steroscopic cameras started to catch on and became fairly common for personal use by World War II.
In 1855 the Kinematascope, a stereo animation camera, was invented. It was able to create 3d motion pictures. In 1915 the first anaglyph movie was produced. Anaglyph technology used 3d glasses with 2 different color lenses that would direct an image to each eye. In 1890 William Friese-Greene, a British film pioneer, filed a patent for the 3D movie process. In 1922 the first public 3D movie, “The Power of Love”, was displayed. In 1935 the first 3D Color movie was produced. The use of the technology would remain dormant for over a decade.
In the 1950s, 3D technology made a come back. During this era, TVs had become extremely popular and had started appearing in many households. In the 50s a number of 3D movies were being produced. In 1952 “Bwana Devil” by United Artists was shown across the United States. This was the first 3D movie of the 50s. The film was shot using a process called Natural Vision. This process was pitched to Hollywood studios but they all passed. A year later, in 1953, “House of Wax” was released in 3D. “Dial M for Murder” was originally planned to be released in 3D, but Alfred Hitchcock decided to release the movie in 2D to maximize profits. Not all movie theaters were equipped with the 3D technology. 3D films were also being developed outside of the United States. In 1947 The Soviet Union released their first full length 3D movie, “Robinson Crusoe”.
In almost every way we can imagine, technology has moved forward into increasingly complex directions. A number of decades ago it was considered impossible to have any kind of recordable video, the introduction of VHS tapes put an end to this, and soon DVD’s were stocking the shelves of electronic stores everywhere. Now Blu-Ray has entered the scene with ever-higher levels of quality and convenience. Those selling these items have to institute pallet racking to keep their stocks stored properly, and have their mezzanines full with literally thousands of different titles. Mezzanines and pallet racking is great to use in a warehouse to store overstock merchandise. You can gain valuable storage space without having to build an addition to your warehouse. It is important to maximize the overhead space you have in a large area with high ceilings. Using the steel shelving units allow you to be better organized and to keep track of your inventory levels.
This might sound amusing, but there was a time when people would record television music shows with an audio tape recorder, and think “Would not it be great if there was some way we could record the picture as well?” Of course, before that there was only radio, and the idea of an image accompanying the stories being told was considered science fiction.
With the introduction of VHS (and Beta-Max, which VHS defeated) home recording of television programs became a reality. But before long, the cassette recorder become a source of inconvenience as well as a blessing, as families were left arguing over which show should be taped, and only a few hours of footage could be recorded onto one cassette.
Each day, we see amazing growth in the technology realm that we benefit from. The orthodontics world is no different, and patients everywhere are reaping the benefits of the amazing leaps in technology in recent years.
From the moment you step into an office for orthodontic treatment, you’ll immediately recognize how technology has impacted the field. Most offices will offer Wi-Fi, iPads and other things to pass the time while waiting for your appointment time.
During your consultation, you’ll notice there are no more standard X-rays. The orthodontic world has embraced digital X-rays and cone beam CT scanners to diagnose and treat patients. They provide much more detailed views for the orthodontist, so diagnoses are more accurate and treatment can be more well-thought out. The key to a properly functioning smile is a custom treatment plan created for each individual patient, and these technologies allow orthodontists to do just that.