UPDATE: This is probably a bit too specific of a product. So I’ve abandoned the idea of making it for iPhones exclusively, which (I know!) was nuts. I have redesigned Stereo Slide entirely to work with any camera that can be mounted onto a tripod. Naturally, I am interested in using my phone, so I will probably buy a Glif.
Stereo Slide is a tool that stabilizes your iPhone for shooting stereoscopic photographs in portrait orientation. It can be mounted onto a tripod or held in place on a flat surface. After taking the left photo, you just slide the phone over to take the right. This helps ensure that the only camera movement is along the horizontal plane. It is a primitive system but fun to carry around in your pocket for those good times.
I laser-cut the first Stereo Slide prototype using black acrylic. I intend to have a small batch manufactured out of medium-density fiberboard with white melamine laminate on both sides if enough people express interest. So if you are interested, please let me know. The more I make the cheaper they’ll be.
I use and recommend 3D Camera to make the “3D” photos. It’s a no-nonsense app. The “wigglegram” of my mom’s kitchen, for example, was made using my iPhone 4 and the Stereo Slide. Check out the video tour, which also explains stereoscopy succinctly. The 3D Camera FAQ as well:
Each eye sees the world from a slightly different perspective, and the human brain uses this difference to perceive distance. 3D images use various techniques to mimic the delivery of two different views from slightly different angles, and the brain does the rest.
The small holes on the Stereo Slide are for the little bolts (included but not shown) that attach the camera piece to the base piece. It is modular, of course.
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