Creating your own stereoscopic image has never been so easy!

All you need is a recent phone/tablet with the Google Camera application installed.

  • Take a picture in "Lens Blur" mode.
  • Run the Google Camera to Stereoscopy web app using Google Chrome
    (Add it to homescreen for offline use).

That's it, your stereoscopic image is created in seconds!

View types available:

Available view types


Image adjustment controls

Side by side parallel viewing

Side by Side parallel viewing example
Loreo Pixi 3D Viewer Viewing this image in 3D requires a 3D viewer. We experimented successfully the Loreo Pixi 3D Viewer which is sold for around US$5.00 + shipping.


Side by side cross eyed viewing

Side by side cross-eyed example
This is the same image as above with left and right view swapped.
Some people can view this in 3D without special equipment, but this requires some training and it may cause eyes strain.
There's a nice video tutorial

Holmes StereoView

Holmes stereoview example
This technique, introduced at the end of the 19th century, allows viewing small images in 3D without glasses. The image should not be more than 10cm (4 in.) wide.
Bring your eyes close to the screen until you see 3 images and look at the center image. Then move slowly backwards.

Red/cyan Anaglyph

Red/Cyan anaglyph example
red/cyan glasses Red/cyan glasses are required to view this image in 3D. Such glasses are widely available and cheap (starting price around US$ 0.2). There's a big choice on Amazon
The drawback is that colors are not rendered accurately.


What is Google Camera Lens Blur?

The Google Camera application in lens blur mode allows simulating the depth of field (bokeh effect) from SLR cameras using a smartphone or tablet:
The subject appears sharp and the background is blurred.
The Google app requires a recent smartphone or tablet under Android 4.4.2 (kitekat) or higher.
More from Google research blog
Original image, shot with Galaxy Tab3
Google camera image without lens blur
Google Camera lens blur effect

From Lens Blur to Stereoscopy, how does it work?

A lens blur JPEG image file produced by Google Camera actually includes 3 images:
  • The original image
  • A depth map
  • The final "lens blur" image

Using the depth map, our application produces left eye and right eye views, starting from the original image or the blurred image.

Warning: Do not attempt to edit a jpeg file produced by Google Camera lens blur! This would edit the "Lens Blur" image only and the original image and depth map would be lost.

Special credit to Jaume Sanchez for providing the depth extractor code.

Google Lens Blur JPEG image format. First two images are coded inside the JPEG header
Google camera lens blur, JPEG image format
Original image
Depth map (black portions are closer)
"Lens blur" image