Brian May’s VR Stereoscope

Brian-Owl-and-Phone
Dr. Brian May with the OWL

A couple weeks ago I posted about stereoscopes, that hot 3D medium of the Victorian era. I’ve collected antique stereoscope cards for years and at some point I learned that Queen guitarist Brian May is an enthusiast/expert of the medium. In my May 25 post I wondered if Dr. May might be interested in developing some sort of VR stereoscope app. A couple days later I learned that he already had, with a venture called the OWL Virtual Reality Kit.

The OWL is basically a modern stereoscope card viewer. Brian’s new kit allows the user to view VR video on any smart phone. One might compare it to the Google cardboard. (But was the Google cardboard designed by the guy who so righteously shredded on guitar on “We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions”? I think not.)

I contacted Dr. May after I blogged about stereoscopes, and quickly received word from his manager that he was indeed involved in developing VR apps. Then yesterday I got an email from Brian himself. It sounds like he’s cooking up all sorts of new VR experiences. I hope one of them replicates what it’s like to play “Stone Cold Crazy” in front of a sold-out crowd at Wembley.

Check out Brian’s OWL demo below. I can’t wait to see what this Vrtist/rock star/astrophysicist comes up with next. He will rock us.