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Why We Started This Site

It was in 1838 when Sir Charles Wheatstone invented the prototype of a stereoscope. The device utilised two mirrors angled at 45 degrees to the eye of the viewer. Each mirror reflected a picture kept on the site. Known as the Wheatstone stereoscope, the gadget proved the vitality of binocular depth perception. It demonstrated:
“…When two pictures simulating left-eye and right-eye views of the same object are presented so that each eye sees only the image designed for it, but apparently, in the same location, the brain will fuse the two and accept them as a view of one solid three-dimensional object.”
It was this story that got our brain cells going and motivated us to start a platform which had all the history of stereoscopes from the first time they were used to the present era. Did you know that Wheatstone’s gadget was created before the photographic process become practically possible? As a result, drawing cards were used to achieve the 3D effect. These were called stereo view cards.
Because stereo photography flourished even before photography, the historical view cards, when found, are often in sad condition. Through this site, we aim to provide you some replicas of those historical wallpapers and photos in stereo views – a glimpse of what used to be. They give us an idea of how photography was done and view cards produced in a condition that would deter most photographers and artists of today.
The plethora of data that we provide on stereoscope doesn’t end here. From video games to 3D films, from posters to printed pictures, stereoscopic images are employed everywhere.

Site Talks About

The site even talks about where stereoscopes are used:
  •    In art, stereograms are appropriated to explore optical illusions such as by Salvador Dali.
  •    In education, cards were made by Keystone View Company using stereoscopic images to educate people on science, history, geography, and other subjects.
  •    Presently, space exploration is conducted using stereoscopes. For example, Mars Rover sent stereoscopic images of the surface of the planet.
The one last area the website explores with our readers in a stereo microscope which is a variation on an optical microscope. It is designed to observe a sample in low magnification. Most often the stereo microscope is employed in dissection, microsurgery, watch-making, circuit board inspection, and forensic engineering. Stereomicroscopy is essential to industries in the manufacture, quality control, and examination.

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