3D is everywhere and now it's heading to the iPad - except this time you don't need those goofy glasses! Two young men, Jeremie Francone and Laurence Nigay from the Laboratory of Informatics of Grenoble - who I imagine are about to be very wealthy - have come up with an incredible use for the front facing camera on the iPad 2. They have put together this demo video below to show off their amazing work!
The creative team had the following to say about the process:
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.
The app is not available for download at the moment. Apple has reportedly also been experimenting with similar technology for what they call 3d "hyper reality". They intend to use the system to add a little depth to even the most basic of applications.
It's a pretty simple concept at the end of the day, lean left and the image tilts right. Lean right and the image tilts left. Now why didn't I think of it!