Stereoscopic images have been with us since the birth of photography. Now with the advent of Consumer VR devices, we can once again experience the solid vision crafted at the turn of the century.
Tens or Hundreds of thousands of vintage stereoview cards have been digitized by libraries and institutions world-wide. The collection at the New York Public Library sparked this particular project, when they released the entirety to the Public Domain.
Curious to experience these slices of history, but lacking a suitable Holmes-Bates Stereoscope, I started exploring alternative methods of viewing the collection with a modern alternate: a VR headset.
Fast forward several months, and I put together proof-of-concept MATLAB code to process stock digitized stereoviews into something consumable with Cardboard VR, etc.