Why should I picture my life in 3D?
We believe that when you capture your own moments in 3D you will realise the magical experience of personal 3D photography—just like we did. We want to bring this experience to you.
That's why we are making two super simple devices, one that is easily attached to your DSLR and another for your smartphone. This makes it easy as one two three for you to start taking your own 3D pictures and videos. And you will see—it is magical.
What is this?
The little one is Kúla Bebe which turns your smartphone into a 3D camera and the big one, Kúla Deeper, does the same for your SLR camera.
It is our dream to bring 3D photopraphy to you and we are here on Kickstarter to finance the manufacturing of these devices.
How can I get in on the fun?
To your right, the reward currency is danish krona. 1 DKK ≈ 0,17 USD
For example, you can get a Kúla Bebe by pledging ~$35 or DKK 205 and a Kúla Deeper for only ~$98 or DKK 574 (limited amount). This includes accessories for viewing in 3D.
Note: Now you can add Kúla Bebe to some of the rewards!
NEW: Now Kúla Deeper and Kúla Bebe come with a microfiber bag as we reached our stretch goal. Yay!
How do I use Kúla Deeper?
1. Take a picture with Kúla Deeper attached to your SLR camera lens.
2. You can see the results right away on your camera with Kúla Stereo Viewer*.
3. For a larger audience, our software Kúlacode can convert your pictures and videos to the appropriate format. It doesn´t matter whether it is a 3D TV, anaglyph glasses or something totally different Kúlacode got you covered.
4. Enjoy your moments in 3D!
*Other Stereoscopic devices can be used for unprocessed pictures: a stereoscope, virtual reality devices such as Oculus Rift, Google cardboard, Avegant Glyph, etc.
How do I use Kúla Bebe?
1. Put Kúla Bebe on your smartphone and you are ready to shoot.
2. Choose any of a number of fun ways to view your photos instantly using the app that comes with Kúla Bebe. Our favorite for on the spot viewing is Kúla's CinemaBox. For sharing instantly online with your friends, our top choice is an animated gif called Wigglegram.
How can any camera take 3D pictures?
In a nutshell Kúla Deeper and Kúla Bebe use high precision mirrors to capture the image from two slightly different perspectives. So after you snap a photo you´ll see what looks like the same picture side by side. Combined, these pictures make a 3D picture (or video). The picture below was captured with Kúla Deeper and explains how it can make up a 3D picture:
Example picture from an early Kúla Bebe prototype:
How can I see the results in 3D?
Kúla Bebe comes with Kúla's CinemaBox and red/cyan anaglyph glasses.
Kúla Deeper comes with a stereoviewer and anaglyph glasses.
But the possibilities are endless so it's really up to you!
How does the software work?
Kúlacode performs advanced image processing algorithms, correcting the images and exporting them to different 3D formats.
3D TV. If you thought aliens and hobbits were the only thing that look good on a 3D TV screen, check out your cat—or yourself!* Kúlacode converts your stereoscopic stuff to a 3D TV format.
Kúla's CinemaBox. This method is for your smartphone and it gives you amazing
sense of depth. We recommend using a phone with a high resolution
display for the most pleasant 3D experience.
Anaglyph glasses. Did you think they belonged to the 80s? Well,
in a recent issue of Vogue you can find the most astonishing red/cyan
anaglyph pictures, proving it's high fashion. Now make your own!
- Wigglegrams are animated gifs. They give you a sense of
depth and can even work for those who have a hard time using two eyes to
StereoViewer. Hold it in front of your eyes to watch the awesome 3D pictures you just captured, either right away on the DSLR camera display or on a computer screen.
Cross eyed. Some say this is the coolest 3D experience you can
get. To see how it works, search for a mushroom below.
* We cannot guarantee your awesome look in 3D but your cat might pull it.
Kúla Deeper and Kúla Bebe are made of four high precision mirrors with reflection coefficient around 94%, resulting in super sharp images and videos and a pleasant 3D experience.
Kúla Deeper can be attached to the camera lens in one click. It uses the lens thread and fits lenses of diameter Ø77mm by default. For smaller diameters you'll need an adaptor ring and to begin with we are making adaptors for lens diameters Ø52, Ø62 Ø67 and Ø72 mm.
To begin with, Kúla Bebe will come with attachments for the phones listed in the table below. We are developing 3 different mounting plates that are attached to the phone or your phone cover with a special removable tape. Kúla Bebe can be attached to the mounting plate in one click.
I want to see 3D right here right now!
Enjoy the mushroom. Open your mind. It's time to harvest. You will see. You will see things in a different perspective.
One very effective way to see 3D without the assistance of 3D glasses is to cross your eyes and look at a picture like the one below. Above you can see how the image will merge into a 3D image when you cross your eyes. Now, please follow these steps:
1. Make sure there are no colleagues around.
2. Keep the ,,cross-eye" image right in front of you.
3. Cross your eyes a little bit, until you see a third image appear in between the two.
4. Now focus on the one in the centre and you might experience 3D.
Some people think this method brings you the coolest 3D experience, just stop before you get a headache. It requires patience and practice to succeed, but once you get it, there's no return. Now try this method on the image below and have a nice trip into the wild.
Another option is the wigglegram. It is not really 3D but the animated gifs give a good sense of depth. It is our favourite way of sharing Kúla's 3D pictures as no technique or devices/glasses are needed to view the them:
Who are you? Who am I?
Please put on your anaglyph glasses and meet us.
Íris Ólafsdóttir: Electrical engineer and founder of Kúla.
Birgir Birgisson: Industrial designer with 20 years of experience.
Ágúst Rafnsson: Computer engineer and app developer.
Jón Arnar Tómasson: Mathematician and software engineer.
Stella Björg Björgvinsdóttir: Graphic designer.
Ari Jóhannesson: CTO of Sprettur (now Kolibri), leading lean software development in Iceland.
What do they think about Kúla Deeper?
The award winning concert photographer Richard Gastwirt at stageshooter.com has tested Kúla Deeper and this is what thinks:
What is the status of the project?
Kúla Deeper is already in the manufacturing process and we would love to bring Kúla Deeper to your Christmas presents, but it is quite probable that we can't deliver until January. An early version of Kúlacode is ready.
We are finalising the design of Kúla Bebe and we assume the device and mounting plates will be ready for delivery in march 2015. We have a beta version of the mobile verions of the software up and running and will work on improvements until delivery (and ever after).
Therefore we are here on Kickstarter, seeking your support for financing the production. If we reach our goal we will use the funding to finance the production of both Kúla Bebe and Kúla Deeper, so please hang on with us!
Thank you so very much!
We just reached our stretchgoal so now Kúla Deeper and Kúla Bebe come with a microfiber bag.
Please find product pictures and info on kula3d.com/press
Risks and challenges
We estimate the main risk factors to be related to the manufacturing process, such as delayed delivery and/or defect of parts.
To minimise the risk, we seeked assistance from the most experienced companies within manufacturing in Iceland, Össur (ossur.com) and Rafnar (rafnar.com) who are giving us invaluable support. We ordered the high quality mirrors for the first batch from a trusted German company.
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