i3DG to bring 3D content to iPhone, without the need for glasses [video]

How would you fancy viewing 3D content on your iPhone without the need for any nerdy glasses or a hardware upgrade? Well, Media artist Jitsuro Mase has invented an add on for iOS devices, which he is calling i3DG.

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.

The system used is known as the Pepper Ghost technique, more information can be found at the Pepper Ghost wiki page, it is all a bit of smoke and mirrors, well without the smoke anyway.

All that is needed to watch 3D content on an iOS device is the i3DG which is a small slip on box that contains the mirrors and of course media created in the correct format; which apparently is extremely easy to create.

The device has already won a honorary mention at Ars Electronica Festival 2010, it will be shown off again at The International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2011.

Take a look at the video after the break and let us know in the comments if you can see yourself using something like this.

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Chavista says:

Most games, and apps today are created in landscape mode, dont see a landscape mode on that thing

SillyBear says:

It never ceases to amaze me how simple minded people can be. Instead of judging what this product can or can not do, try imagining the possible innovations this could bring to the iPhone.
I thank Mr. Jitsuro Mase for his forward thinking. The technological possibilities of these devices seem boundless sometimes.

IphoneInformatie says:

Haha, please let Apple create something for this. Why would anyone want this?

Lloyd says:

I can understand the implementation of 3D visuals on a hometheatre system but seems rather pointless on a handheld device.

arin.failing says:

@sillybear just because Mr. Mase displays forward thinking, doesn't mean that his product is sub-par (and cheap looking).
this product looks insanely cheap, and as Chavista pointed out, most games are created in landscape mode. Additionally, movies are terrible when watched in portrait mode. I think there is potential for this idea, and this is not that.

sputnik says:

I for one think this is an awesome idea. Sure, the demo lacks a little something, but the idea itself is very sound.
Now, I'm curious, could there be 4 layers? 10 layers? 100?
At that point you're talking a much more realistic 3D, with a very inexpensive add-on piece.

Rob says:

I already think the the iPhone scream should be bigger, why would I spend money on a gadget to make it smaller

ArtSpot says:

this is cool!
but this has so many limitations:
effective display is 1/3 of the already small display.
there are only 3 planes for depth and they are fixed.
there is no ability to send touch events to the screen.
I like the nintendo demo, where they use the front facing camera to create a parallax effect, better.

MooPenguin32 says:

That's pretty slick for a tech demo. However, I'm not sure of the practical usage of it. I think others have echoed this sentiment with their comments.

DavidSights says:

Looks very limited, especially considering the small viewing space. You are basically limited to a 3rd of the normal screen space. Also, you are only allowed to view, not actually interact. I'm also wondering about weather visuals are able to move from one panel to another, such as from the third panel in the background to the first panel in the foreground.

David says:

You could always pick-up an Android phone in Japan that already does glasses-free 3D without the need for a funky mirror.

west3man says:

I dunno the price, but it looked pretty cool, to me.

TaylorTechno says:

This seems cool, does anyone know when it comes to stores or how much it will be?

Captain says:

i'd never use it but 3-d retina sounds like a cool bragging right lol

Lordzod01 says:

Not much thoughts gone into this. Let's make a modern piece if kit look like eighties reject LOL

tyrran says:

I want this. I don't care how limited it might be, or how it cuts down on the screen space. It. Looks. Cool. And sometimes, especially for us "simple minded" folk, that's enough.

Will says:

Thank you chaibynight this thing is awesome the only problem is I've been poking every where and I can't find a price or even a date on when it will come out

420 iphone app says:

That's crazy. :) I hope there's another one for the movies.. like.. it should be horizontal.. That's a great one though! :)
- Omni 420 iphone app user

Tgrtxt says:

Where can you buy one with having to make it

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