Poppy lets you capture beautiful images and videos in 3D using your iPhone’s camera.
Capture, view and share the world the way you experience it – in 3D
Poppy is an astounding piece of tech that isn’t digital at all, but a precise assortment of mirrors and engineering genius that allows us to enjoy our smartphones in a novel way.
– Popular Mechanics
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Poppy, a sleek and somewhat retro black and orange gizmo, transforms an iPhone into a camera capable of capturing, viewing and sharing photos and video in 3D. Put your phone in the device (which supports iPhone 4, 4S, 5 and iPod Touch) and give the box a twist to begin recording.
So how does it work? Poppy uses mirrors to capture two stereographic images using the iPhone’s single camera. When seen through the viewfinder, Poppy’s lenses combine the two video streams into a single, crisp, 3D video.
“As kids, we loved those old toy Viewmasters, and how they gave you the feeling of stepping into another world. We wanted to let anyone create and share their own immersive 3D scenes too. That’s why we made Poppy,” says Joe Heitzeberg, one of Poppy’s creators.
Another great thing about Poppy is that it works with 3D content that’s already online. Most people aren’t aware, but YouTube supports 3D and has amassed a huge library of 3D movie trailers, music videos, sports clips and user-generated content — and all of it looks beautiful on Poppy. The viewing experience is immersive and natural — much higher fidelity than using red/blue 3D glasses.
Poppy is launching on Kickstarter at under $50 — putting Poppy in the sweet spot for gifts and casual gadget purchases. It also sets Poppy apart from other 3D cameras that have come on the market in recent years, which are more expensive and don’t typically include 3D viewing or sharing functionality.
“iPhone is the world’s most popular camera, and Poppy is the first product that lets the iPhone capture, view and share the world as it is actually experienced — in 3D. We can’t wait to get it in people’s hands and see what they do with it,” says Poppy co-creator, Ethan Lowry.
Staying up with the latest technology can be super expensive. It seems like in the last five years alone, you went from a high-definition TV to a 3D TV to an Ultra HD TV. At nearly $1,500 a pop, that adds up quick. Thankfully, if 3D videos are something you’re trying to keep up on, you don’t need to spend a billion dollars to do it. There are a number of ways to watch 3D videos right on the phone you already have.
3D videos are videos or movies shot or edited in a way to provide the viewer with a three-dimensional view. Many of these, with the rise in virtual reality (VR) technology, are also available in a full immersive 360-degree experience. To view a 3D video, you will need to either convert it to a non-3D video (boring), or simply use a 3D viewer.
A 3D viewer can go by many names. Whether it’s a VR headset, 3D goggles, 3D glasses, or just a piece of cardboard with some modifications. The old style of 3D is still around and used occasionally on sites like YouTube. To view this kind of content, all you need is a pair of 3D glasses. While there are still retro 3D videos that use the old school blue and red specs, the newer ones utilize a technology similar to that you can see and use in a modern movie theater. Grab your cool glasses and press play.
The other, and much more popular version of a 3D viewer is a VR headset. These can sometimes be phone specific, like Samsung Gear VR, only usable on a Samsung Galaxy phone, linked to a video system, like the Playstation VR, or a standalone device made universally for any mobile phone. These headsets look similar to diving goggles. Except your nose isn’t covered and you can’t see through them. They play the kind of 3D videos that play on dual screens within the viewing area. This is so that when your phone is right up next to your face, you can see each video separately, but simultaneously, creating that 3D effect
A VR headset will cost you anywhere from $500 to nothing at all. Even the widely popular Google Cardboard is literally a piece of cardboard with some lenses placed in it. There are a number of tutorials online to tell you how to make your own cardboard VR glasses, as well. The nice cheaper models, though, are about $20-40 and are universal to work with your phone. They don’t include audio capabilities at that price point, but a cheap pair of Bluetooth headphones can give you the full experience. If you want something with built in sound and even a controller you can use if you branch in VR games, you will have to spend a little more, closer to the $100-200 range.
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Since the mid 1900s producers have endeavored to exploit our two eyes by making 3D films. Presently, because of a flood of moderately reasonable 3D TVs, you can appreciate the additional measurement outside of the motion picture theater—with recordings you’ve shot yourself.
For huge spending motion pictures, cinematographers utilize two cameras connected together and isolated with a bar splitter. In any case, except if you have Hollywood-level cash to toss around—an apparatus costs no less than a couple of thousand dollars—you’re in an ideal situation with a less expensive double focal point camera, which can accomplish a similar impact. (There’s even a cell phone, the LG Thrill, that shoots 3D with stereoscopic focal points.) On these cameras the focal points record two recordings all the while.
Step 1: Acquire two identical video cameras
Join the cameras to a settled surface around 6-7 inches separated. I found a bit of metal and a couple elastic groups that worked. You need the cameras quite level with one another (think how your eyes work) yet don’t sweat getting them splendidly adjusted, your going to settle that in stage two.
Step 2: Record video from both cameras
On the off chance that this isn’t self-evident; you will record from the two cameras in the meantime. Anyway you don’t have to begin both camera at the very same time since we can without much of a stretch match up them when we do the altering. Which conveys us to the dubious part… The end design we require is a solitary video document that has the two sources next to each other. A little Googling found a Windows app called StereoMovie Maker that will help you combine, sync and align the two videos. It’s not the most intuitive software so here is the workflow we developed:
- Transcode your video files to MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 (StereoMovie Maker only supports these formats).
- Click File -> Open Left / Right /Movies…
- Select your two video files.
- Use the arrows at the bottom of the screen to sync the timing of the two videos.
- Click Adjust -> Easy Adjustment to open the adjustment window.
- Focus on something distinct in the background (like the power outlet in this example) and using the horizontal and vertical sliders align the red and blue images so they completely overlap
- Click File -> Save Stereo Movie.
- Make sure you select the Side-by-side option.
- Select the Microsoft Video 1 compressor. YouTube has no problem reading this format and it is significantly smaller then using no compression.
On the off chance that you did this all effectively then your spared video should resemble this, the two recordings sources next to each other in a solitary document.
Step 3: Upload to YouTube
Upload the video to YouTube and add the tag yt3d:enable=true. This advises YouTube to consolidate your two one next to the other recordings into a solitary 3D video. That is it; once YouTube has wrapped up the video you can go to its YouTube page and test it out with your Red/Cyan glasses. On the off chance that have Amber/Blue or Green/Magenta Glasses you can utilize those rather by flipping the 3D alternatives alongside the fly out catch in the lower right hand corner of the player.