Device for making 3-D images

Patent No. 6,819,488

Issued: November 16, 2004
Filed: April 7, 2003
PCT Filed: May 23, 2001
PCT NO: PCT/US01/16797
PCT PUB.NO.: WO01/91472
PCT PUB. Date: November 29, 2001

Inventor: Zanen; Pieter O. (209 W. Clinton St., Apt. #1, Ithaca, NY 14850)

An apparatus for creating three-dimensional images is disclosed. The device has at least four mirrors, arranged in an inner set and an outer set. An enclosure, preferably cylindrical in shape, houses the mirrors and alignment apparatus and can be placed in three different positions. The camera takes two-dimensional photographs or operates in two modes of three-dimensional photography: forward looking and backward looking. This device is preferably attached to a digital camera. The device can also be used when the digital camera is attached to a hand held personal computing device, for example a Handspring.TM. Visor.TM. computer made by Handspring, Inc. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, there are six mirrors, including four inner mirrors and one set of outer mirrors.

This application claims an invention which was disclosed in Provisional Application Ser. No. 60/206,750, filed May 24, 2000, entitled "DEVICE FOR MAKING 3-D IMAGES" and in Provisional Application No. 60/219,543, filed Jul. 20, 2000, entitled "DEVICE FOR MAKING 3-D IMAGES". The benefit under 35 USC .119(e) of the United States provisional applications are hereby claimed, and the aforementioned applications are hereby incorporated herein by reference.

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