The Kaleidoscope Knight
Sir David Brewster and His Kaleidoscope
According to wikipedia.com, the Kaleidoscope dates all the way back to 1815 when a Scottish inventor by the name of Sir David Brewster began conducting light polarization experiments. Brewster's original design consisted of a tube with pairs of mirrors on one end, pairs of translucent disks at the other, and shiny beads in between the two. The name "Kaleidoscope" actually has a Greek meaning behind it:
kalos = beautiful
eidos = form
scopos = watcher
hence "beautiful form watcher." Although Brewster never made anything off of his invention due to problematic patent wording, he was eventually elected a fellow of the Royal Society and knighted in 1831 for his scientific discoveries. Oh yeah, and there's an entire society named after him called the "Brewster Kaleidoscope Society" devoted to Sir David Brewster and the Kaleidoscope. How cool is that!
The Evolution of the Kaleidoscope
"While its name alone promises the magic of Aladdin’s lamp or Cinderella’s fairy godmother, it takes more than a magic lamp or wand to transform yesterday’s “Victorian Videos” into modern “Space Age Spectaculars.” First and foremost, it takes the hands and heart of a dedicated artist. Indeed, the artist is the very heart of the kaleidoscope, and kaleidoscope artists are what scopes are all about – an aurora borealis of color." - Cozy Baker, Kaleidoscopes Artistry, 1999, p15 The Brewster Society
Eventually, kaleidoscopes became very popular during the Victorian era as a parlor diversion when a man by the name of Charles G. Bush made improvements on Brewster's invention. Some of Bush's improvements included the addition of liquid-filled glass capsules to be inserted into the tube for greater effect, color wheels that changed the background of the viewing area, and a stand that could be easily taken apart for storage. Unlike Brewster, Bush found the Kaleidoscope very profitable and began to mass produce his new and improved Kaleidoscope in America, eventually becoming a fad.
Today, kaleidoscopes are used as everything from child's toys to artistic inspiration and thus the motivation behind our Kaleidoscope SC Series case. We developed a way to replicate the colorful and mystical designs that Sir David Brewster invented via the kaleidoscope by adding colorful dyes to a Celluloid mixture and then fusing it with a protective TPU layer. Every case has a unique multi-dimensional depth in that no two cases are alike. Pictured below is our unique Blue Kaleidoscope series case for iPhone enjoying a day at the beach. They are available on our website or e-mail us to find out if they're in stock at a store near you.