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The View-Remaster is a digitising scanner for outdated View-Grasp reels to observe them on fashionable tech

I’ve spoken concerning the View-Grasp right here on DIYP earlier than. In truth, as lately because the Kandao QooCam EGO evaluate I posted just a few weeks in the past. It’s one thing that lots of my era and older look again on with fondness and surprise. Whereas positively primitive by right now’s requirements, having the ability to see pictures in 3D was wonderful to us as youngsters again then and it nonetheless fascinates me right now.

Properly, one individual, Jason Altice of the YouTube channel CodeMakesItGo has turned it into an obsession. A lot in order that he designed and constructed his personal scanner to seize these outdated View-Grasp reels digitally in order that he might put them on-line for the entire world to take pleasure in. He additionally launched the entire plans and code so you may have a go at constructing your personal, too.

Whereas it would seem to be a reasonably easy venture at first, this one is extremely properly developed each when it comes to {hardware} and software program. With optical character recognition, computerized rotation and aligning of the scanned pictures in order that they line up completely with one another and even color correction, there’s little or no work for the consumer to do through the scanning course of to realize good outcomes.

The pictures the View-Grasp makes use of, very similar to the Kandao QooCam EGO, are side-by-side pictures, seen by means of a viewfinder that exhibits one picture to your left eye and one other picture to your proper eye. This enables the mind to reconstruct a 3D view of the scene. Jason scans these in and his software program arranges them side-by-side and lets him output a video with every stereo pair of pictures, together with their caption beneath.

You possibly can inform that this has been a piece of pure pleasure for Jason as he digitally restores and shops all of those View-Grasp reels for posterity. He’s been importing them to a separate YouTube channel, Reel3D. Many have been uploaded in each a parallel view (to be used with a 3D viewer, like Google Cardboard or a VR headset) in addition to cross-eyed view, in order that for these of us with the flexibility to take action, we are able to simply stare at our screens humorous to see the 3D impact.

This little piece of 3D historical past is properly value testing, so head on over to the Reel3D channel to see all of them. And in the event you’ve obtained some View-Grasp reels and wish to make a scanner of your personal, head on over to GitHub to obtain the 3D fashions and apps and Hackaday for a components record and somewhat extra info on the development course of.

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