I think by now we’ve all see some form of 3D imaging in our lifetime. As a kid the Viewmaster was the one toy that could quite literally make us feel like we are someplace we’ve never actually been. Just like the old Stereoscope, immersive images like these can transport us back in time, take us to faraway lands, or even to worlds that don’t exist, like when we play a VR game on a home console like the PS4. It’s a truly incredible experience when we can trick our brain with our eyes.
In this CNBC article, it appears Getty is working with Google on a new project that hopefully will give us all access to the thousands of Historical Stereoscopic images from their archives.
The images range from an immersive look at London’s Strand district to horror experiences where a ghost pops out of a scene.
There is also a bit more info here from our friends at The Verge. A good read if you are into the origins and technology of VR.
When Facebook bought virtual reality company Oculus in early 2014, virtual reality blew up. While game and movie studios began reimagining the future, others looked back at the “old days” of VR – a loosely remembered period in the 1990s when gloves and goggles were super cool and everyone was going to get high on 3D graphics.
For those of you with a Stereoscope, here are some ways to help preserve your collections of these wonderful pieces of history.