The 3D graphics effect has been done on iDevices before. Apps like Labyrinth for the iPad 2 and the Cydia 3DBoard tweak use the accelerometer in the device to manipulate graphics based on user movements. This is a neat circus trick, but the device must be moved to create the 3D effect.

Jeremie Francone and Laurence Nigay of the EHCI Research group have created an impressive tech demo of 3 dimensional graphics on the iPhone 4. Instead of using the accelerometer, they use the device’s front facing camera. How’s that possible?

Using the iPhone 4’s front-facing camera, the engineers use head-tracking technology to judge where the user is in relation to the on-screen graphic. Movement from the user’s head then manipulates the graphic accordingly.

“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.”

Still not impressed? Check out the video of the tech demo below. I’ve played games like HoloToy before, but those graphics pail in comparison to the ones these guys are producing. I wonder if we’ll see this technology adopted by major developers. Imagine playing Infinity Blade in 3D.

What do you think?

  • TAZ

    can i download it ?

  • Alec

    If your device is jailbroken then yeah from cydia…

    • Joel

      No you can’t, it’s a demo by the company. There is no app in cydia.

  • Rob

    ^ agree lol

  • Lupius

    And is there a name to this illusive Cydia package?

  • Lupius


  • Joeyjojo

    I had this very demo on my htc diamond years ago. Looks like it’s been ported well. Looks a lot smoother.

  • Burge

    Now that’s cool…Someone is now going to make a theme with that …just could be best theme ever ..downside is that is going to kill the battery

  • Paul

    Awesome!!! I’ll buy iPhone with 3D, it’s really next step to the future 🙂

  • Radu

    Can it be purchased yet?

  • James

    The 3dboard in cydia is 2.99. It’s pretty cool!

  • XepptizZ

    It’s th same demo as used for the headtracking tech hacked into the wii. I’m surprized it took this long to actually show itselfe on the iphone

    Looks cool, but like already pointed out, it probably kills/rapes and destroys the battery, but it’s nice to see tech development still happening instead of all the shovelware apps who bring nothing new to the table.

    • QuarterSwede

      Good ole Johnny Chung Lee (now of Google). Guy is a genius.

  • This tech will work for any device with a camera, so it’s pretty impressive. Now port it over to the 3DS just for the heck of it. ^_^

  • iKing

    I want it NOW!!!!! Lol

  • XepptizZ

    I’ve just messed around with holotoy a bit. It has essentially thw same and uses headtracking aswell. But it works extremely buggy and unoptimized like the developer points out. Still it’s a way to get a feel for this tech.

  • M. Dizzy

    I saw a similar tech demo using the wiimote

  • I would pay for that!

  • Genius

    It’s really nice, I hope it will be soon available in apps.

  • jmj

    very cool. As mentioned before that’s got to kill the battery real quick.

  • NoahPumped

    This looks amazing. I’ll be excited to try it when it’s available

  • somting like iDesktopVR (@ The App store)

  • Peter

    Would that not be a great OS upgrade especially for an iPhone 5 launch?!!!!

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