Jun.27, 2013

Launched yesterday on Kickstarter, Poppy is an iPhone accessory that turns your iPhone or iPod into a 3D camera.

Created by a couple of Seattle entrepreneurs, Joe Heitzberg (co-founder of Snapvine) and Ethan Lowry (co-founder of Urbanspoon), Poppy looks like a pair of binoculars. It comes with a slot into which you insert your iDevice.

It doesn't need batteries and there are no electronics. Its principle is quite simple. Poppy uses a system of mirrors to capture two stereographic images using the iPhone's camera. Poppy's lenses then combine those two video streams into a 3D photo or video when seen through the viewfinder.

Poppy is great for capturing events like weddings and for action sports. But not only does it enable you to record 3D video, you can also use Poppy to watch 3D videos on YouTube. According to the creators, 3D content on Poppy looks much better than with traditional 3D glasses.

"It's beautiful. And really hard to describe or show in two dimensions." said the creators.

The device works with the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, and fifth-gen iPod touch.

Poppy is the first device in the world that turns an iPhone into a 3D camera capable of capturing, viewing and sharing full-motion, full-color video and stills in 3D. Though it is a bit retro, we think it is one of the coolest iPhone gadgets we have ever seen.

It took only nine hours for Poppy to reach its $40,000 Kickstarter goal. As of writing, Poppy has raised $55,634 from 822 backers, with another 29 days to go. For $49, you will receive a Poppy from the first full production run, while a $59 Poppy Plus set provides a neck strap and a microfiber bag. Poppy is estimated to ship in December 2013.

Source: Kickstarter



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Marlene wrote at 12/3/2014 10:47:43 PM:

can you then take that 3D image and print it on a 3D printer? Does it save as a CAD file and, if so, does it translate nicely to the "3D printable environment?"

Twoeyehead wrote at 7/11/2013 8:24:15 AM:

Turn your iphone into a brick? Why reinvent the wheel when there are aircraft out there - LG and HTC 3D phones with no attachments. This brand loyalty thing beats me.

Burcin wrote at 7/5/2013 8:33:39 PM:

Can this be used as a 3d scanner to transfer information into 3d modeling software?

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