November 10, 2008

Mickey Mann

I’m really interested in stereoscopy, which you might have guessed, if you’ve ever seen me running around with my View-Master camera. In my opinion, View-Master is still a superior method for viewing stereoscopic images, but it’s only still images. That’s why I wanted to see if I could improve the design and make an interactive View-Master for animations.

This little hybrid between Mickey Mouse and Steve Mann enables you to control and view stereoscopic animations that are animated in real-time.

It’s an old View-Master viewer modified to have ChromaDepth lenses, some custom buttons, accelerometer, bluetooth radio and an Arduino to control it all. I thought about hiding the electronics with bigger ears, but decided not to, because I like the ghetto-cyborg look he’s got going on there.

So how does it work? You look through the viewer to the screen where you will see some 3-layer Månsteri-action in all of it’s stereoscopic glory. The great thing about ChromaDepth stereoscopy is that it works with basic colors. You don’t need two channels for the video to achieve a 3D-effect. On a dark background, everything that is blue will appear to be in the background and everything that is red will appear to be in the foreground. Colors in the spectrum between blue and red will appear to be somewhere in the middle. If you didn’t understand my explanation, look it up on the interwebs.

The accelerometer detects your motion and will move the character on the middle layer, giving the illusion that the character is trying to mimic your movement. You can control the content of the layers with the three buttons on the side of the viewer. Button three controls the background, button two the middle layer and button one controls the foreground. Check out the video and you’ll understand what I mean. If you have ChromaDepth glasses, put them on to see the 3d effect.

The Arduino sends the sensor data and the button states wirelessly via bluetooth to my computer. The information is parsed in Max/MSP, which in turn sends the data as OSC packets to Animata (my favourite software at the moment). Animata then animates everything in real-time and handles the hiding/revealing of different layers.

If you are interested, I have uploaded the Arduino and Max 5 source codes and also the Animata scene. It’s all very specific to my setup, but someone might find it useful. Download the source.

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Filed under: Electronics,Programming,Video — Posted by: Månsteri @ 3:31

January 29, 2008

View-Master Joy

Here’s a pic from a reel I just got finished. The film had been sitting in a bag from last summer, just waiting for some new empty reels. Finally, I’ve found a good supplier for new high quality reels and got all the old films inserted to them. Check out the Fresa Volante View-Master reel mounts. I actually prefer these to the original Sawyers reels. They are as tough as the old ones but cheaper and they have a cool flying strawberry on them!

I’ll be scanning these new reels pretty soon and I’ll add the best of them to the Photography section. This picture was taken in Helsinki last summer. The 3d effect is pretty insane so make sure you freeview this image

There’s also been some updates on the site. Now I actually have some content on the site. Still needs a lot of work though, nothing yet on the Music section for example. One of the updates is the Månsteri t-shirts in the store.

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Filed under: Photography,T-Shirts — Posted by: Månsteri @ 22:39

May 20, 2007

View-Master Photography

I finally got my View-Master camera working properly. It had destroyed a couple of films earlier because the mechanism would get stuck. Too bad, because there would have been some pretty nice pictures from Japan and other pics from last summer, but I was able to fix it and it’s working like a charm. So now I was ready to start making my own reels.

This is what the camera looks like:
I was also able to get the filmcutter needed for making my own view-master reels from eBay for a decent price last winter.
Now I have my first six-pack of reels ready and they are officially the coolest pictures I have ever taken. They aren’t exactly masterpieces photographically but View-Master is the greatest way to view pictures. There’s something magical about it.
Here’s some scanned pictures of the reels. You need to freeview them to see the 3d-effect. It’s not same feeling as looking through a View-Master viewer but at least you’ll see them in 3d. Click the picture to see the whole set. I’ll add more when I have time.

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Filed under: Photography — Posted by: Månsteri @ 11:15