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i3DG: Accessory To Bring 3D Content To iPhone

November 16th, 2010 11:04 admin Leave a comment Go to comments


Earlier this year, Japanese electronics manufacturer, Sharp, announced details about an upcoming smartphone that will enable users to watch 3D content without the need for special glasses. While watching 3D content over small display devices like a smartphone may not be entirely worthwhile, this has nevertheless been quite a fascinating area for tech enthusiasts.

A Japanese media artist has now designed a new iPhone accessory that brings instant 3D viewing to Apple devices. 

The iPhone accessory is called i3DG, it is a small box-shaped peripheral that can be easily plugged to an iPhone or iPod Touch. The device helps to create an illusionary reflection of content from the iPhone display to a screen that is placed at a 45 degree angle to render content in a three dimensional format. Explaining the concept behind i3DG, designer Jitsuro Mase says:

“i3DG is a playful analog extension to an iPhone or an iPodTouch, converting its 2D display into a layered 3D view. Using the old technique of placing a half-silvered mirror at a 45-degree angle in front of an image, in a new context, the project extends upon 3D displays and iPhones. As a peripheral gadget, i3DG can support a wide range of different applications, from 3D videos and animations to accelerometer-based games.”

i3DG works on a technique called Pepper’s ghost, which is apparently an illusionary effect created using plate glass and special lighting techniques that can make images appear to morph into one another thereby rendering 3D effects. However, the accessory will not work universally with all forms of visual content and will instead require production of customized content. Creating such videos though is apparently very easy. Checkout a video demo of the iPhone accessory in action:

i3DG has already been making waves at electronics shows across the globe. The device recently found a mention at the Ars Electronica Festival 2010 that was held in September this year and will be demonstrated once again during the International Film Festival at Rotterdam next year. The accessory is not in mass production yet and so you cannot order one for yourself at the moment. This is nevertheless cool and could define one possible way to access three dimensional content in the future. 

Would you be interested in buying i3DG? 

[Palm Top Theater via Gizmodo]

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