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By Thomas Baekdal - April 2011

3D without glasses on the iPad

3D has yet to take off, partly because it usually means that you have to wear glasses or other forms of head gear. But now, Jeremie Francone, Laurence Nigay from Laboratory of Informatics of Grenoble, has invented a brilliant way to create 3D without glasses.

The way they do it is strikingly simple. They track the position of your head in relation to the front facing camera.

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.

And the result speaks for itself:

 

Note: At this point, it is just a technology preview, and not a app.

BTW: For those of you recognizing the 3D examples. Yes, they are from Johnny Lee, creator of the amazing multi-touch whiteboard and 3D head tracking - using a Wii remote (from 2007). He was later hired by Microsoft, and he is one the people behind the Microsoft Kinect.

Here is the technology he created 4 years ago:

 
 
 
 

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