head tracking with iPad 2 camera enables glasses-free 3D

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(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!
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