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Poppy turns iPhone into View-Master-like 3D display and camera (video)

Myriam Joire, @tnkgrl
June 26, 2013
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Remember the View-Master? We've already seen goggles from Hasbro and Sanwa that transform the iPhone into a 3D viewer, but Poppy plans to spice things up by adding 3D photo and video capture to the mix. The device, which contains no electronics, is about the size of medium pair of binoculars and features a slot which accepts an iPhone 5. It's launching on Kickstarter today for $49, along with a matching app. We got the chance to take a prototype for a spin and it worked like a charm. Check out the gallery and campaign link below, then read on after the break.

Gallery: Poppy hands-on | 27 Photos

Poppy contains a bunch of lenses and mirrors which turn the handset into both a 3D display and a 3D camera. It lets you view any side-by-side 3D content (including YouTube) by simply looking into the device's viewfinder. Capture mode is enabled by rotating the front part of the casing 180 degrees -- this lines up the optics with the iPhone's camera. The device includes thumb cutouts to access the screen while you're holding it and exposes the phone's volume buttons. It also comes with a matching app that makes it easy to view and capture content using the handset's volume buttons -- it's pretty simple, really. We recorded a video (see above) and snapped a few pictures (in the gallery below). The results were quite convincing and, best of all, Poppy was a lot of fun to play with. We can't wait to get our hands on a review unit.

Gallery: Poppy 3D samples | 9 Photos

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