The 3D revolution is upon us. Pictures, movies, printing — and now, camera phones.
Poppy, an iPhone accessory invented and designed by a duo based in Seattle, will turn your smartphone into a 3D camera. The device, whose Kickstarter campaign began Wednesday, captures 3D photos and video clips by mashing up two stereographic images via the iPhone’s single camera.
Poppy's creators, Ethan Lowry and Joe Heitzeberg, explain (below) that the device doesn't need batteries and that there are no electronics involved. It's just optics — like the View-Masters of old — so the price can be low without sacrificing quality. Not only can you use Poppy to capture 3D frames, you can also use it to watch 3D videos on YouTube.
Poppy works with the iPhone 4, 4S and 5, as well as the fifth-generation iPod touch; and the crew behind the device is working on an iOS app. It will feature capabilities for capturing 3D videos and still images, saving photos and videos to your iPhone's photo album, uploading videos to YouTube, and browsing your own 3D content as well as 3D videos on YouTube. The team is also working on easy controls and navigation for when your phone is in the device. (The Poppy team says developers can create their own apps as well, but have not revealed when a software development kit might be released.