By Cody Lee on May 9, 2013
Now that Facebook has finally fulfilled the prophecies, and entered the smartphone market, all eyes are on Amazon. The online retail giant has also long been rumored to be looking to get into the space with its own handset.
And today comes a new report that adds weight to the story. Citing sources familiar with the company’s plans, The WSJ says Amazon is working on a number of new hardware products, including a glasses-free 3D smartphone… Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Mar 10, 2013
3D was certainly the buzzword of yesteryear, with Android phone makers scrambling to make their handsets take advantage of all manner of 3D technologies with the aim of standing out from the crowd. Apple didn’t make the jump to 3D with either the iPhone 4S or iPhone 5, but that doesn’t mean some people don’t still want it or indeed that it might happen in the future.
With SXSW going on in Austin, there are always some funky little gadgets on show, and the Palm Top Theater certainly falls into that category.
If you’ve ever wanted things to jump out of your iPhone’s screen, then you’ll want to read on… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jun 27, 2012
One of the main complaints I get about iOS is that it’s getting boring (these people are obviously not jailbreaking). And to be fair, the platform hasn’t really changed much since it was introduced back in 2007.
But maybe Apple’s finally looking to switch things up. We’ve already seen some cool new tweaks in iOS 6, like the auto-tilting sliders. And now the word is, we could be in for some even bigger UI changes… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on May 29, 2012
Remember talk of Apple’s enhanced Maps app thought to feature cutting-edge 3D view?
Apparently a few years in the making, looks like Cupertino is now ready to supplant a Google Maps backend with its own in-house mapping solution come June 11.
And now, screenshots from a “trusted source” have surfaced, depicting this exciting three-dimensional mapping view in action. The admittedly gorgeous photos look authentic and conceivably show off the power of a declassified missile targeting technology Apple got hold of with their 2011 acquisition of advanced 3D mapping startup C3 Technologies… Read More
By Cody Lee on May 14, 2012
So this is pretty cool: Autodesk, the maker of the popular 3D design software AutoCAD, has just released a new app for the iPad called 123D Catch. The software enables you to capture 3D images of things using your tablet’s camera.
No, you won’t need any glasses to view these pictures. Simply use the app to snap photos of almost any object (it doesn’t work well with glass) from multiple angles, and let Autodesk’s 3D rendering software take care of the rest… Read More
By Cody Lee on Apr 17, 2012
9to5Mac points to an interesting job listing that recently surfaced on Apple’s website. The opening calls for an iOS software engineer with knowledge and experience in 3D geometry and image analysis. What could Apple be working on?
Well a number of things, actually. The company has acquired multiple 3D mapping firms over the past few years, and has several 3D-related patents in its library. Keep reading for the full job description… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 29, 2011
Aside from small additions like displaying alternate routes and the Show Traffic option, the Maps application received little attention from Apple during the recent iOS update. Some pundits expected the app to at least receive turn-by-turn directions.
But a revamped Maps app might still be in Apple’s plans. 9to5Mac is reporting that Apple has just quietly acquired “mind-blowing 3D mapping company” C3 Technologies, and that the Cupertino company is looking to take iOS maps to the next level… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 28, 2011
Apple has spent the last several years revolutionizing the way we interact with our mobile gadgets. Sure, there were touchscreen devices before the iPhone. But none of them worked as well Apple’s handset. And the same can be said about Siri and voice control.
It appears that Apple isn’t going to settle for just touch and voice controls. A new patent application has surfaced that reveals that the Cupertino company is experimenting with non-touch gesture controls for its iOS devices. And here’s how it would work… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jul 1, 2011
3D technology continues to be a hot tech topic. Between Nintendo launching the 3DS and HTC launching multiple 3D Android devices, it’s safe to say that the technology is going to stick around the mobile arena for a while.
Even iDevices are getting the 3D treatment, and they don’t even house any 3D-specific hardware. While we’ve already seen head-tracking technology used to simulate 3-dimensional graphics on the iPhone, this new entry doesn’t require a front-facing camera. Enter Pic3D… Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Jun 14, 2011
3D is one of those technologies that really seems to polarise people. Some people swear by the latest technology and point to the huge success seen at the box office with Avatar and say that it’s finally come of age. Others will say that 3D is just another gimmick thought up by hardware manufacturers to sell TVs now that everyone has bought a HD set.
3D is proving to be the big new thing in mobile devices whether we want it to or not, with various Android tablets and smartphone devices sporting 3D capability. Even Nintendo is in on the action with its 3DS handheld gaming device, but as yet Apple isn’t in the 3D market.
Of course, that hasn’t stopped anyone else from taking Apple’s hardware and shoehorning 3D technology into it… Read More
By Cody Lee on May 23, 2011
Remember back in early April when we posted a video of that impressive 3D demo? Well, it seems like the developers were able to turn that project into an actual iOS application.
Before you get too excited, you should know that the software is pretty limited. It really isn’t much more than a showcase for the 3D technology that was shown in the popular video released last month… Read More
By Cody Lee on May 5, 2011
3D has been quite a popular technology lately. First we saw it in theaters, then it made its way into our homes. More recently, it’s been finding its way into our portable electronic devices.
The Nintendo 3DS led the way with their glasses-free 3D implementation. HTC has also been showing off their latest smartphones, capable of capturing and viewing in 3 dimensions. Heck, even RIM has been touting their PlayBook’s ability to output 3D graphics.
While Apple has yet to add 3D to any of their products, the rumor mill is certainly turning on the topic. RCR Wireless is reporting that they are hearing from a “Hollywood insider” that Apple’s next tablet is already in advanced planning stages, and very much 3D. The source is quoted by the website, saying:
“The fact that the iPad 3 is 3D is a dead cert”
She claims that major film studios are currently running around like “blue arsed flies” trying to get their 3D content in order, in time for the launch of Apple’s next tablet. Music industry insiders have been dropping tidbits about Apple’s future cloud service, so it’s no secret that folks in the entertainment business hear exclusive information from the Cupertino company.
If Apple is really going to include 3D technology in their next tablet, I hope it’s glasses-free via head-tracking technology. I personally don’t see why you’d want 3D graphics in your iPad, I’d rather see something closer to retina display.
I’ve also read rumors that Apple has been experimenting with layered E-Ink displays, you’d think that’d make more sense in a tablet than a 3D display(especially with Amazon building a tablet). I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what Steve Jobs and company have up their sleeves.
What do you think?
By Cody Lee on Apr 15, 2011
We’ve seen some pretty cool ideas come from software developers and engineers involving the iPhone. Although many of these technology demos never make it to consumer products, it’s always fun to see what people dream up.
This time we have an application that’s already made it to the App Store, but the innovation it uses is still astounding. Trimensional is an app for the iPhone that has the ability to scan 3D objects. While that alone might seem boring, it’s what you can do with the scanned image that’s so interesting… Read More
By Cody Lee on Apr 12, 2011
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?
By Cody Lee on Apr 1, 2011
I can’t think of a consumer electronics device I’ve ever seen garner as many rumors and as much speculation as Apple’s iPhone 5. The storied device was expected to hit the shelves sometime this summer like previous models, but it is now rumored to be pushed back until late fall or early 2012.
The rumors aren’t just limited to the release date of the iPhone 5, but they also expand into hardware predictions, and now, more recently, camera specs. At first the question was whether or not they’d bump the 5 MP camera up to an 8 or 10MP. Now it seems like the question could be if they move the camera up a whole dimension… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 31, 2011
When we first posted about 3DBoard — a jailbreak tweak for the iPhone that lends a 3D effect to your Home screen — we were excited. When Ryan Petrich one-upped the release of 3DBoard with his own tweak entitled DeepEnd, we were delighted.
That’s because not only was DeepEnd available first, it kept a few extra dollars in our pockets by being free. But free doesn’t necessarily mean better; after all, you get what you pay for, or do you?
Check inside for the full video evidence, as we compare these two popular iPhone jailbreak tweaks head-to-head…
By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 26, 2011
Woah, woah, woah. Wait a minute, that’s just not possible. Or is it? That’s what I thought when I first saw this video of 3DBoard in motion.
The first thing that stands out to me, is that unlike the Nintendo 3DS, you can see the effects via video. I have to say I’m a bit skeptical; that is until I get this puppy in my hands and test it out for myself. If this jailbreak tweak does happen to be real, though, things just got a lot more interesting.
Could you imagine what games would play like with 3D effects like this? And no glasses? Check the full video demonstration out inside…
By Sebastien Page on Nov 16, 2010
Japanese media artist Jitsuro Mase might be the first person to bring 3D to the iPhone. His invention, i3DG, is a groundbreking device that lets you watch movies in 3 dimensions, without the need of those dorky glasses.
Both production and playback of the video don’t require special technology or equipment, which means that you can watch any movie in 3D. So how does this work? Read More