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I Want One of These: Glasses-free 3D on iPad 2

iPad 2 does glasses-free 3D thanks to some impressive tech and a lot of hard work.

Every now and then a new development will occur that will take me completely by surprise leave me speechless. When I first read the headline of ‘Glasses-free 3D on iPad’ I wasn’t expecting much, but Jeremie Francone and Laurence Nigay from the Laboratory of Informatics of Grenoble at the EHCI Research Group have managed to find an amazing way to create this amazing effect.

Using head-tracking technology the pair created a tech demo (including a homage to the work of Johnny Lee) that demonstrates how the graphics on the screen change depending on where the user is located in 3D space. It’s not true 3D in the same way that the Nintendo 3DS produces it, but this is the less painful, much simpler solution, and to be honest it looks great.

“Head-Coupled Perspective on Mobile Devices. We track the head of the user with the front facing camera in order to create a glasses-free monocular 3D display. Such spatially-aware mobile display enables to improve the possibilities of interaction.
It does not use the accelerometers and relies only on the front camera.”

Check out the video below to understand exactly what I’m talking about. Trust me, it’s impressive.

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