June 27, 2013
Poppy Converts Your iPhone Into A 3D Camera
redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online
Poppy, a $39-device that converts an iPhone into a 3D video camera, is the latest device to go up on Kickstarter. The gadget lets users capture, view and share 3D video clips and photos in an all-in-one low-cost device.Creators Ethan Lowry and Joe Heitzeberg said Poppy works with the iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5, and fifth-generation iPod touch.
The device, which resembles an oversized Viewmaster, has lenses that combine two video streams into a single, crisp, 3D video. Best of all, since it doesn´t use electronics — just optics — no batteries are required.
The company says Poppy will be a great way to capture sporting events, weddings and other family get-togethers, or simply serve as a fun device for kids to use while playing. Other possible applications include real estate, science, education, architectural walk-throughs, art and more.
Poppy can also be used to view the vast number of existing 3D videos on YouTube, which added 3D support in 2009 and has since seen its library grow to tens of thousands.
"3D videos on Poppy look much better than 3D content viewed using red/blue glasses," said Lowry and Heitzeberg.
"Since YouTube 3D uses the same stereographic image technology that Poppy does, their content plays back in beautiful, full-color, high-definition 3D when viewed using Poppy."
Since Poppy works by recording two stereographic images into an iPhone's single camera, any camera or video app will work with Poppy. Users can simply place their iPhone in Poppy when they take a picture, and view the content with Poppy to see it in 3D.
The company said it would also include a dedicated iOS app that will allow the capture of 3D videos and still images, and will let users save photos and videos to an iPhone's photo album. It will also provide browsing, control and navigation for the iPhone when it is in the Poppy device.
The company says it plans to beginning shipping Poppy by the end of the year.