3D Graphics on the iPad 2, No Glasses Required

Apr 11, 2011 - 9 Comments

This video may provide a good look at how 3D graphics will first make an appearance on the iPad and iPhone. The best part? No funky glasses are required.

When first watching the video, I assumed it was based on the accelerometer like some 3d jailbreak UI tweaks, but instead it’s tracking movement with the iPad 2’s front facing camera. The video and 3D demo was created by the EHCI Research Group at Grenoble Informatics Laboratory, who further describes the technology:

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.

Could we see this type of 3D technology used in upcoming iOS apps and games?

via MacStories

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  1. michael says:

    I could imagine this used in games very soon, impressive software response to the Nintendo 3DS threat

    • lando says:

      Nintendo 3DS, threat? you’re a joke seriously xD Nintendo 3DS isn’t a threat moron, it’s the future of games. :P

      banter on if you will but, 3D is only just the beginning, and there will be no end to it. Other Companies will probably be using this more too. Sony has already developed their own 3D Enabled TV’s and is on the markets. Look it up.

  2. Reb says:

    iWant this feature in Kinect :)

  3. Carlos says:

    I can’t wait to see this on a real app

  4. Trench says:

    iFind this to be most iMpressive.

  5. Next logical step says:

    Sure it is the next logical step – if it works as the NDS won’t be fun in terms of battery (3-4h !?!?)and in terms of picture size …
    The NDS is fun but only for a few seconds after you see that it makes the small display size even smaller (logically) and the size is a just a corner of an iPad. So for an iPhone/ipod it’s as well a short fun and will reduce battery life a lot – for the iPad it’ll be worth looking into ;-) (In all ways and angle’s)

    Go ahead

  6. b0bby says:

    Better than that big ass glasses on your nose

  7. John says:

    This is not 3D, it’s an animated visual effect! Very different from the 3DS or in the cinema where a different image is created for each eye. Still pretty cool though…

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