Build your own stereo video camera and 3D viewer.

By Eric Kurland


Photograph by Amy Crilly

The author shoots a movie of the photographer with his 3D dual-camera rig.

I have two eyes. And because of that simple fact, I also have stereopsis, the ability to perceive depth. When I was about 7 years old, I gazed into a View-Master toy and saw an amazing three-dimensional picture, and I was hooked. Today, I create 3D videos, using various homebrew camera rigs and displays. I’ll introduce you to a few of my devices, but first, a quick history lesson.

In 1838, British scientist and inventor Sir Charles Wheatstone theorized that ...

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