Fill Smart Phone screen with image to view with VR headset

Apollo XI image courtesy of NASA, 3D holiday image by Josiah Bahl, John Sfakis, Jim Ulrich, Earlin Ward

3D images are as old as photography itself, introduced in 1839.  Early technology used a stereoscope to view double images mounted side by side on a card known as a stereopair. More than 10,000 different stereopairs, many from the Civil War era, were issued by E. H. Anthony & Company, the largest American photographic house in the 19th century and forerunner of Ansco-GAF, who put down their corporate roots in Binghamton in 1906.

The View-Master format uses pairs of transparent film images arrayed around the rim of a circular reel for 3D viewing. First brought to market in 1939 by Sawyers, Portland, OR, View-Masters and reels were produced in Binghamton by General Analine & Film (GAF) from the 1960s to the 1980s. Audio tracks were added to GAF-Talking View-Masters in the 1970s.  In 1997, the product line merged with Mattel where it continues today, in partnership with Google and others for state-of-the-art immersive imaging experiences.