Every now and then, an invention from the world of yesterday is reimagined for the modern age. Poppy is just such an invention, and one with a particularly long history of reinvention: the 3D imager.
Originally termed the stereograph, the 3D image was invented way back in the 1800s. The old-time 3D viewers used single-image black and white cards, but nonetheless sent waves of glee coursing through their viewing glass.
A more recent iteration of the 3D imager was the View-Master, a plastic viewer which used discs of around 14 color 3D images. The older folks among us might even have had one of these as kids, as they were highly popular in the 1970s and 80s.
What Poppy does is effectively bring the 3D imager into the modern age — by porting this ye olde-timey tech to the iPhone. And the results speak for themselves. In a video posted on the project's Kickstarter page, words like "awesome" and "sweet" are a matter of routine. A reaction that has spanned the decades since the original stereoscope's invention.
That you can shoot and record your own 3D videos with your iPhone 4S, 5 or iPhone Touch really does bring the 3D imager back into the current tech landscape. Anyone with a 3D television will be able to easily and cheaply create their own 3D home movies for viewing on their set. Those without 3D sets will still be able to view their 3D vids through their Poppy. And the people have already spoken. Just two days into the campaign, Poppy has raised over $85,000 — more than twice it's initial crowdfunding goal. If you'd like to get your hands on a Poppy of your own, you can back the project at the link below. And to check out all the happy faces Poppy has inspired already, check out the video below.