(credit: screenshot from Head Tracking for iPad video)
if you think the front facing camera of the iPad 2 is only for FaceTime. think again. a couple of folks from the Laboratory of Informatics of Grenoble put the front facing camera to another use: tracking your head to create a 3D illusion. check out the demo video after break.[quote style=”boxed”]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 user the accelerometers and relies only on the front camera.[/quote]
Jeremie Francone and Laurence Nigay cited inspirations from work of Johnny Lee with a Wii remote. whatever their inspirations are, it is still awesome and because we think 3D glasses is not cool!