About a month ago, we told you how some geeks over at a Research Facility in the Antarctic developed some awesome 3D technology for the iPhone 4 and iPad 2. The Head Coupled Perspective technology as it’s known, tracks the movement of your head using the front camera of your iPhone 4 and iPad 2, hence creating an illusion of 3D.
The researches demoed the working of this new technology with some spectacular video demonstration on the iPhone and the iPad, promising us that the app will soon be available on the Apple App Store. i3D app for iPhone 4 and iPad 2, which uses the Head-coupled Perspective technology is now available on the App Store for free. Although, don’t expect much from the app right now, it’s not all that perfect and oh these researchers aren’t from Antarctic, they’re from France.
The i3D App doesn’t actually do anything other than demo the technology for all those who want to know what the 3D hype is all about. But, it’s any given day better than the Hasbro My3D Viewer or other 3D accessories.
So I tested out this app on the iPhone 4 earlier today, and here’s what I think about it.
About the i3D App for iPhone 4 and iPad 2
The i3D app is about 3 MB in size and once done installing will show you how the Head-Coupled Perspective technology works with some demos. There are about 5 demos for the said technology and one where it shows how it tracks your head using the front camera. Also, there’s also a help page that tells you the best ways to make the technology work flawlessly.
Impression about i3D App
Once I fired up the app, it asked me to hit the start button to start the whole thing with the first slide showing me my face and how the front camera tracked it while I moved my head about. It worked pretty nicely, but the detection angle was actually poor, hence you’ll need to hold the phone a bit away from your head. Maybe couple of inches more!
The other slides worked quite the same, nothing great to be honest, but the idea is truly awesome. The head tracking is pretty accurate, not the best, maybe because it’s just the beginning. That’s pretty much it, as there aren’t any other applications that use this technology yet, but this definitely is the future of 3D on mobile phones, if there is a future that is. Glasses-free 3D is what people would enjoy on a mobile device, and although I did not feel any real 3D depth in the app, except for the objects moving according to my head movement it was quite good. First of it’s kind, surely and I hope it gets better.
Go ahead and try this i3D on your iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4th gen and iPad 2. You can download it from here.
Tell us what do you think of this app and did it work perfectly on your iOS device?