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i3D brings glasses-free 3D to your iPhone 4 and iPad 2

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i3D brings glasses-free 3D to your iPhone 4 and iPad 2
We told you about this one back in April. But now you can try the Head-Coupled Perspective for yourself. In an effort to be more marketable, or at least a little more clear in purpose, the creators have chosen a new name: i3D.

And the i3D's mechanism is impressively simple. By following your head with the front-facing camera, it adjusts the image to give the impression of depth. And while it's not as flashy as other 3D options, it's certainly preferable to carrying around one of Hasbro's My3D viewfinders.

One of the researchers says that "Such spatially-aware mobile display enables to improve the possibilities of interaction." We think this could be a great way to explore 3D models. It would be particularly useful if it were incorporated into something like Google Body.

The exclusion of accelerometer and gyroscope support is a bit odd. One might expect the developers to incorporate the ability to manipulate the image by tilting the device. But, because of processing power, battery consumption, or simple time constraints, i3D currently only uses the front-facing camera.

The i3D demo app is available for free in the App Store. Keep in mind that it will work best if you are in a well-lit room, and both you and your clothing are well contrasted from the rest of the room.

source: DocteurCube (YouTube) via Redmond Pie

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posted on 23 May 2011, 20:11

1. Allday28 (Posts: 274; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)


Hasnt this story been on here before??

posted on 23 May 2011, 20:26

4. kweezy (Posts: 4; Member since: 11 Aug 2010)


yes. it was featured before, but now it's available for you to download!

posted on 23 May 2011, 20:16

2. ArmageddonX (Posts: 96; Member since: 11 May 2011)


LoL... I have to admit. That's pretty cool. Way to think outside the box, so to speak.

posted on 23 May 2011, 20:25

3. zaxkh121556 (unregistered)


Ok, yes I am a apple fan however this is not real 3D or we would not be able to view it on the computer....this is that same accelerometer set up as we seen on the Windows Mobile touch pro from about 4 years ago....This looks great but cant call it glasses free 3d when its just a gimmic.

posted on 23 May 2011, 20:27 1

5. kweezy (Posts: 4; Member since: 11 Aug 2010)


gimmicky, yes. but it still beats the hasbro viewfinder that looks like you just robbed a kid's toy box

posted on 23 May 2011, 20:50

6. vantenkiest (Posts: 308; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)


why is it showing nintendo Mii chars

posted on 23 May 2011, 20:54

7. vantenkiest (Posts: 308; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)


its a way to give you a 3D feel not actual 3d.. and it looks nice. and you have to think of at least one advantage. you wont have to be a certain distance angle and have a headache when you look into the background.. I am speaking of those of you who are near sighted and not using your glasses looking at a real 3d screen. it can cause some sever headaches... so all in all not a bad idea.

posted on 23 May 2011, 22:35

8. haroonazeem638 (Posts: 127; Member since: 29 Mar 2011)


lol...this is so stupid.

is it even functional? i mean can you navigate through the home screen or whatever it is called on iOS? or do you just move around the ipad and make urself happy? lol

posted on 23 May 2011, 23:47

9. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Thats tight. Now for it to get incorporated into more functions of the phone or tablet.

posted on 24 May 2011, 13:54

10. evo-ninja (Posts: 31; Member since: 23 May 2011)


mute, thanks

posted on 25 May 2011, 12:23

11. J J S P A W N (unregistered)


Apple is copy and copy everything, Autodesk has a prototype 3d image to see real building in 3d Max or Autocad in a solid 2d surface (like a tablet)

posted on 26 May 2011, 07:19

12. rugrat (unregistered)


Don't waste your time. I downloaded it and dumped it about a minute later.

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