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Tech demo shows some 3D-like goodness on your iPad 2 and iPhone 4

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Tech demo shows some 3D-like goodness on your iPad 2 and iPhone 4
We are boldly stepping into a 3D mobile world, and like it or not, we can't run away from that trend. Here's another confirmation of that fact - an experiment by some researchers who dubbed themselves Engineering Human-Computer Interaction demonstrates a technology that allows you to see the items on the iPad 2 and iPhone 4 screens in what looks very much like 3D.

Called Head-Coupled Perspective by its creators, it uses head-tracker that changes the perspective according to your head's position, thus giving the items on the screen a very credible 3D look.

This is not something revolutionary, as Nintendo has been working on similar technologies for years, but it's still a nice thing to see on a smartphone, especially when we take into account that the things that make it all work are a front-facing camera and some software touches.

Take a look at the videos below to see this goodness for yourself, but don't expect it to be available just yet - it's a tech demo and it's unknown if/when we will see something like that on our iPhone 4 or iPad 2.

source:  Engineering Human-Computer Interaction via TUAW

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posted on 12 Apr 2011, 07:20 1

1. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

thats kinda neat! :D

posted on 12 Apr 2011, 09:21 1

2. Allday28 (Posts: 283; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)

3D is ruining everything..

posted on 12 Apr 2011, 09:44 2

3. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)

That's actually pretty cool.

Would like to see this in games where you tilt to control your character. A neat trick for viewing photos, contacts, emails, or anything with lists. I just wouldn't want my battery wasting away on calculations based on head tracking. Would like some way of toggling on/off.

posted on 12 Apr 2011, 11:07 1

4. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

thats rather cool. Im not sure that i want that killing my battery but its definately a great show off device. They should add that to those MS computer tables or other big screen things (that plug into the wall.. lol). That would be great eye candy on the next xbox/ps3/windows/osx update.

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