Oh sure, today there will many people rediscovering the zoopraxiscope. I don't know the percentage of searchers that click on the google logo and dive into its underlying story. Since google search is widely used I'm sure there are more than a zoopraxiscope disc full of people learning about Mr. Muybridge's invention.
If he had really seen the future he would applied for a trademark on I-scope and better yet I-pad. Predicting 130 plus years into the future is never easy.
A similar device, a zoetrope can be traced back to ancient China. My take-away (I love Chinese carry-out) is that we have a common desire to watch things move.
I'm not sure but I suspect the world's first couch potatoes watched zoetropes. They probably had their wives or girlfriends spin the device.
C'mon baby spin the zoetrope again. I'm too tired.
|a zoopraxiscope disc found on wikipedia|
Warning: Zoopraxiscopes should never be viewed while operating a motor vehicle.