Poppy turns your iPhone into Viewmaster style 3D camera

By , Jun 26, 2013

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An interesting project is brewing up over at Kickstarter. An iPhone accessory called the Poppy wants to turn any iPhone into a kid’s 3D camera capable of capturing, viewing and sharing 3D stereoscopic stills and videos. It has two eyepieces to look through, a slot where you insert your device and mirrors which capture two stereographic images using your iPhone’s single camera.

Perhaps most surprising fact is that Poppy needs no electronics to turn 2D images into 3D because its mirrors do all the heavy lifting, resulting in a light accessory that needs no batteries to operate…

According to the Kickstarter page, the Poppy works with the iPhone 4/4S/5 and the fifth-generation iPod touch. Putting your in Poppy lets you view 3D videos and photographs and capture your own 3D scenes.

Here, check out the official promo clip.

The experience is described as being “reminiscent of those Viewmasters” you may have used as a kid.

When you look in the viewfinder, Poppy’s lenses combine the two video streams into a single, crisp, 3D video. It’s beautiful, and really hard to describe or show in two dimensions.

Moreover, you can use your Poppy to watch any existing 3D video on YouTube, which they say looks a lot nicer than 3D content viewed using red/blue glasses.

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The Poppy features a companion iOS app, but it will just as easily work with any photography iOS app of your choosing because the mirrors capture anything that goes through your iPhone’s camera.

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The dedicated app will feature capturing 3D videos and stills, saving these to your Camera roll, direct uploading to YouTube, browsing your own 3D content as well as 3D videos on YouTube and more.

The Poppy should ship around December 2013 and will set you back $49.

Throw in an additional ten bucks and they’ll sell you a stylish neck strap and a microfiber bag, pictured above.

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  • TeddyBearStand

    Pretty cool!

    • Gorgonphone

      interesting but 3D makes me nauseous

  • Jason Masters

    Yeah saw some of these 3D monster things at Walmart on clearance for 10.00$ this one is headed to the clearance bin as well 3D is just not for everyone no matter how hard the push is to sell these monstrosities

  • Sam

    Hasbro made something like this in like 2011 called my3D. Nothing but a gimmick(IMO)

  • seyss

    poopy

  • Bob

    I think iDB gets paid for more articles than they like to admit, there’s a lot of different Kickstarter projects related to iOS, yet only specific ones get an article.

    This isn’t going to be around for long. It’s just a gimmick.

  • madmaxmedia

    It’s a gimmick (like the Viewmaster was), but a really cool gimmick- I loved those old Viewmasters! $50 is a bit much though for a cool toy.

  • Tsavo Walker

    Cool!

  • Chuck Finley

    No. Just no. Don’t you people remember what happened when they did this on the PSP with Metal Gear Acid? It melted your eyes.