Glasses-Free 3D Technology Demoed on iPhone 4, Truly Spectacular

Watching 3D videos and playing 3D games on your iPhone/iPod Touch or iPad would really be a treat to your eyes. There have been many attempts before to enable 3D on iOS devices, including few Cydia apps and certain accessories like My3D Viewer. Most of these attempts have either involved glasses, are a bit expensive, are limited and don’t perform that well. Keeping these things in mind, researchers from Engineering Human-Computer Interaction Research Group(EHCI) have developed a way to view in astonishing 3D without the need of glasses.

This new research involves the use of the front camera to detect the head motion of the user that in turn adjusts the display to the point where the user is looking from, making things on the screen get true 3D depth and spectacular effects. If you remember, a similar kind of technology was also rumored to be coming soon on the iPod Touch, but that was just a rumor. This is real, there are a few videos that you may want to watch to believe this and trust me they will really make you want this on your iOS device too.

According to the group of researchers Jeremie Francone and Laurence Nigay;

Head-Coupled Perspective (HCP) on mobile devices allows to create a glasses-free monocular 3D display. It is based on a efficient head-tracker that uses the front-facing camera of the device. We use an off-axis projection in order to adapt the perspective of the 3D scene according to the head’s position of the user. Such spatially-aware mobile display enables to improve the possibilities of interaction.

This is something really very spectacular and a treat for all the iPhone users as this technology could be used in games and other applications. Just imagine playing Angry Birds or Need for Speed Shift in 3D. Watch the demonstration videos below on the iPhone and iPad to understand what this is all about. The Head-coupled perspective technology could be the future of 3D instead of bulky accessories and expensive 3D displays.

Head Tracking for iPhone: Glasses-Free 3D Display

Head Tracking for iPad: Glasses-Free 3D Display

What do you think of this technology? Do you think it’ll be soon implemented into games and apps?

[ via iDB, Source: IIHM ]