On first glance, you are probably thinking that this device looks likeone of these, but it is actually much more sophisticated than that.
The “Poppy” device was launched on Kickstarter just last week on June 26, and it has already nearly tripled its $40,000 goal. As a result, production is set to begin in October. By connecting the Poppy with an iPhone 4, 4S, iPhone 5, or fifth generation iPod touch, the device captures stereographic images using the iPhone’s camera. When you look into the device, the lenses in the device combine the two images or videos into a single 3D image or video.
With this device, you can record video and images and check them out later on YouTube, or on a 3D-enabled TV. When the Poppy becomes available, you will be able to use other camera and video iPhone apps like Instagram or Camera Plus to capture images and video. There will also be an iOS app for Poppy where you can capture, view, share, and browse friend’s content. You can use the device to watch other 3D videos on YouTube (which enabled 3D video in 2009), should you so choose.
So while this might look like a Viewmaster, it is not. An interesting thought here though:
If today we see the “next version” of a device and think to its previous, much less sophisticated descendant; then what will generations from now be thinking about when they see something like this? I probably don’t want to know…