DIY Hacks & How To’s: Make Your Own Stereoscopic Viewer

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DIY Hacks & How To’s: Make Your Own Stereoscopic Viewer

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3D photography or stereoscopic photography is the art of capturing and displaying two slightly offset photographs to create three dimensional images.Screen Shot 2013-06-10 at 5.45.30 PM

The 3D effect works because of a principle called stereopsis. Each eye is in a different location, and as a result, it sees a slightly different image. The difference between these images is what lets us perceive depth. This effect can be replicated with photography by taking two pictures of the subject that are offset by the same distance as your pupils (about 2.5 inches or 63 mm). The two images are then viewed so that each eye sees only the corresponding picture. Your brain puts the two images together just as it does for normal vision and you perceive a single three dimensional image.

This project will give you a brief introduction to the methods for taking and viewing 3D photographs. Here are the complete instructions on Instructables.

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See the full series here.

2 thoughts on “DIY Hacks & How To’s: Make Your Own Stereoscopic Viewer

  1. joe heitzeberg says:


    Awesome stuff :) Of course if you don’t want to make your own, or you need to parts to start with, check out Poppy (, our stereoscopic camera for iPhone currently on Kickstarter.

  2. Gary Deslaurier says:

    Brilliant!! Wish I’d discovered this a long time ago. It’s easy to find info on taking the images, but for making your own viewers, this is the most original I’ve seen!

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My name is Jason Poel Smith. I have an undergraduate degree in Engineering that is 50% Mechanical Engineering and 50% Electrical Engineering. I have worked in a variety of industries from hydraulic aerial lifts to aircraft tooling. I currently spend most of my time chasing around my new baby. In my spare time I make the how-to series "DIY Hacks and How Tos."

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