Double take on 3-D
If you happened to catch Spy Kids-3D in the cinemas this summer and just can't get enough of those funky red and blue glasses, then I've got just the gadget for you.
The Photo3D 303 Kit from US company Mission3D has all the ingredients for you to create and print your own three-dimensional photographs - and it comes complete with those glasses so you can see your images in the third dimension.
What the Photo3D Kit includes is a tripod that allows you to take photographs from exactly the positions of your right eye and left eye, then put the two photographs together with some software and print it out as a single image which, when seen through the accompanying 3-D-glasses, looks like the real thing - or at least very close to it.
The concept is nothing new. Scientists have known about so-called stereo vision for a long time - actually, since the 1840s - and millions of devices that offered a 3-D view of objects, then called stereoscopes, were sold by the late 1800s. 3-D imaging also enjoyed immense popularity in the 1950s, when the first 3-D movies caught the attention of audiences in the US. The kit really makes creating 3-D images easy and accessible to everyone, except everyone needs those funny glasses in order to see it as 3-D. Otherwise it just looks like a
really distorted photograph with bad colour.
At about $1,000 per package, the Photo 3D Kit is not too expensive - especially when it comes with a functional mini-tripod which can be used for other purposes. Combined with readily available digital cameras and printers, it makes stereoscopic imaging as easy as point-shoot, slide camera, point-shoot. The only problem is that in order to make sense of those photos, you need the glasses.
Available from Mission3D's website at: www.mission3d.net
Great idea, neat result, easy to use
Requires 3-D glasses so limits audience