A tech gadget by the name of Poppy is poised to be the next big Kickstarter success story. The device turns your iPhone into a 3D camera that can be used to capture, view and share video clips as well as images. It works with iPhone 4, 4S, iPhone 5 and the fifth generation iPod touch.
If you ever used a one of those View-Master toys as a kid, you’ll probably feel right at home with Poppy. Similar to how those devices worked, Poppy utilizes a set of mirrors that capture two stereographic images using the iPhone’s single camera. When a user looks through the Poppy viewfinder, they see these two images combined into one 3D visual.
Poppy doesn’t use any electronics so there is no need for batteries – it all works using optics. This is said to help keep the cost of the device low without sacrificing quality.
What’s more, in addition to capturing your own pictures and videos, you can use the Poppy to view videos and movie trailers on YouTube as well. When you’re ready to capture the world around you, simply twist the outside apparatus and you’re all set.
A donation of just $39 guarantees you’ll be one of the first to own the device when it ships in December.
Poppy launched on Kickstarter earlier today and it’s already off to a great start with more than $21,000 pledged from 312 backers as of writing. There’s little doubt that the project will surpass the $40,000 goal – perhaps within the first 24 hours.
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