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Poppy turns iPhones into 3D cameras

Poppy was designed to resemble an old Viewmaster toy.

If you've ever wanted to relive your childhood memories of sitting in the back of your mom's station wagon while flipping through a Viewfinder 3D slide toy, here is your chance. Poppy for iPhone and iPod touch will let you view photos and videos in 3D but will also let you record your own 3D masterpieces.

It works by using mirrors to send two stereographic images to the single camera of an iPhone 4, 4S, iPhone 5 or fifth-generation iPod touch. As you look into the Poppy's viewfinder, the two separate images merge to  appear as a single three-dimensional photo or video. Poppy works with any existing photo or video app while its developers work on their own iOS application.

Poppy's Kickstarter campaign has taken off, raising over $25,000 over its $40,000 goal. The early bird $39 special is sold out, but eager buyers can still preorder a Poppy on Kickstarter for $49.

Check out Poppy in action:


Total comments: 8

I love this idea.

And they're now up to $123,000 on kickstarter, way over their modest $40,000 goal.


Well, if anything it's practical.
It's only about 5x or 6x the size of the phone...


One small thing worries me. Does it allow you to plug in headphones so that you can hear sound with the video? It looks to me as if it blocks the iPhone's mic and speaker.


Yes, the pictures show access to the headphone jack.


As far as viewing 3D video, you can get a scope for just $7 and it is available now.

Now for taking pictures and video in 3D, that's where it shines. I would like to see some real samples.

I cannot seem to find any real samples in their webpage. How come???

Also, without the viewer, I suppose the device can be a lot smaller. It does not seem like it is possible.

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Erin Lodi

As this is a Kickstarter project, samples are likely to be preliminary while the developers are still fundraising. Perhaps a good comment to leave with them via Kickstarter though as they are looking to appeal to potential users.


Just another gimmick IMHO. As stated above you can buy a cheaper alternative. There is also a phone with 3D viewing capability like 2-3 years ago.

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The only reason you can buy that "alternative" for just $7 is that it's been discontinued for almost two years, and they're selling it as surplus. You can't even use it with last year's iPhone 5, let alone with the new one that's going to launch in September.

Oh, and my3d has no software other than six anemic games, and no photo viewing software. Which doesn't sound like much of a problem until you realize that a split side-by-side stereo pair can't be zoomed or panned in any meaningful way on an iPhone's stock viewer, and it's harder than heck to even flick through images with the my3d thumb holes.

Poppy fits current phones and has viewing and shooting software.

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