Development of Anaglyph 3D Functionality for Cost-Effective Virtual Reality Anatomical Education

Alex J. Deakyne, Thomas Valenzuela, Paul A. Iaizzo

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Virtual reality (VR) is rapidly becoming more widely available and accessible as a technology due to the affordability of cheap computing power. This has made it possible for virtual reality systems to capture audiences in industry and education, as well as for personal use. Currently, a major limitation of VR headsets is that the user’s vision is completely occluded, making it difficult for them to interact with others. While this can be solved by having a VR headset and VR capable computer for each user, this becomes much more expensive and, often, an unrealistic solution. This becomes even more problematic in an educational setting since it is difficult for the given instructor and large groups of students to have a shared learning experience. Here, we have developed anaglyph 3D functionalities into our Visible Heart® Laboratories’ anatomical virtual reality platform. These functionalities augment what is viewed by the virtual reality user with a custom anaglyph shader which in turn projects it to an external display. This allows a multitude of users to wear anaglyph “red/blue 3D glasses” and view the same anatomies the VR instructor is viewing in VR, while preserving the important 3D anatomical spatial relationships.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIntelligent Computing - Proceedings of the 2021 Computing Conference
EditorsKohei Arai
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9783030801281
StatePublished - Jul 6 2021
EventComputing Conference, 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: Jul 15 2021Jul 16 2021

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Networks and Systems
ISSN (Print)2367-3370
ISSN (Electronic)2367-3389


ConferenceComputing Conference, 2021
CityVirtual, Online

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Publisher Copyright:
© 2021, The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG.


  • Collaborative learning
  • Virtual reality
  • e-Learning tools


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