Queen’s Brian May unveils cutting-edge STEAMPUNK 3-D stereoscopic viewer

Queen’s Brian May unveils cutting-edge STEAMPUNK 3-D stereoscopic viewer

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Brian May is best known as Queen’s guitarist, but the polymath has a wide range of other interests. Not only does the 73-year-old have a PhD in Physics, but he’s also a big enthusiast of 3-D aka stereoscopy. And today the founder of the 21st-century incarnation of the London Stereoscopic Company has announced his new steampunk 3-D stereoscopic viewer.

Donning an eccentric steampunk mask, May was seen holding the retro-bronze viewing instrument for a photo session promoting his lockdown invention.

The 73-year-old came up with the idea as the existing LITE OWL designed for viewing 3-D images in books had been found to be too brittle to survive in trouser pockets.

Instead, the steampunk device is “moulded in metallic-effect Polypropylene with acrylic lens inserts.

“Geometrically it is closer to the classic OWL design, with a slightly longer focal length than the LITE OWL, making 3-D viewing for many people just a little easier.”

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But why the sci-fi sub-genre of steampunk?

In a statement, May said: “The style of the viewer was inspired by the current Steampunk genre – a fanciful combination of Victorian style and pre-combustion engine technology.  

“Steampunk has been described as how the World would have looked if the Victorians had managed to get into Space, as Jules Verne and HG Wells dreamed.

“Stereoscopy – now known as 3-D – was invented in 1832 by Englishman Charles Wheatstone, and this new instrument, firmly based on the genius of his designs, seemed a perfect opportunity to incorporate steampunk motifs into its appearance.”

May continued: “The design also owes a lot to my old friend Chris Dodman at SB Westons in Sunbury-upon-Thames, who collaborated on the design of the very first ‘Classic’ folding focusing OWL in 2009.   

“It’s manufactured by my friends in China, Jade Productions, who have also printed our most recent LSC books.  

“The first limited edition Steampunk OWLs arrived today – an introductory limited edition in a special themed cardboard packet. They will be flying out very soon !!!” 

The STEAMPUNK OWL, created by Brian May costs £7.50 and can be ordered here.

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May has worked on a few stereoscopic photography books in recent years, with Cosmic Clouds 3-D: Where Stars Are Born being the latest.

Teaming up with astronomy writer David J Eicher, the book takes readers into the story of the birth, death and recycling of stars in nebulae.

While a couple of years back May wrote his autobiographical Queen in 3-D.

The special book featured hundreds of unseen photographs of Freddie Mercury and the band.

Speaking exclusively with Express.co.uk, the Queen legend said: “It’s pretty much all unseen.

“Nobody has seen these pictures except for in private. Apart from the fact that they’re in 3-D, they’re my own personal pictures.

“Really 90 per cent of it or more has never been seen before.”

Queen in 3-D has been updated since the release of Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

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