Desktop stereoscopic 3D can be done using either a 3D TV or a 3D monitor. Both systems require the same hardware, with the exception of the required graphics card.
Start with a standard desktop computer with:
For input, in addition to a standard mouse, a Razer Hydra controller will allow full 6 degree of freedom interaction in the 3D environment.
Still required are the graphics card and display device, described in the following sections.
Our experience has only been with Samsung 7000 series or higher TVs, which have more options for manual 3D mode selection, including checkerboard 3D which provides a balance between resolution and frame rate. The recent models of Samsung 3D TVs come with four pairs of 3D glasses and additional pairs can be purchased if needed.
With a 3D TV, use a high-end NVIDIA desktop graphics card (GTX 670 - GTX 680). A Quadro is not necessary. For example, this GTX 680.
We have enjoyed success with our ASUS VG278H 3D monitor. This includes a pair of NVIDIA 3D Vision 2 glasses and a built-in emitter.
For either of the above monitors, extra glasses may be purchased.
The Vrui VR Toolkit now runs natively on HTC Vive head-mounted displays. This is by far the easiest and cheapest option to create a virtual reality environment on the same level of functionality as a CAVE. For a full system, one only needs: