Category Archives: iPhone / iPad
iPad 2 reaching new dimensions.
iPad 2 definitely has more advantages over its successful predecessor iPad, such as being lighter, faster, and having now also a front-facing camera which enables Facetime video-calling. Additionally, this front-facing camera provides the possibility to enjoy “glasses-free” 3D experience.
Jerome Francone and Laurence Nigay from the Laboratory of Informatics of Grenoble, EHCI Research Group, have combined the iPad 2’s front-facing camera with head tracking technology to give the user an overall glasses-free monocular 3D display. The experience is “entirely based on the camera and the movements of a user’s head in from of the screen.”
“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.”
This means that iPad 2 users can view their screen as more of a 3D portal based on their viewpoint in looking at their iPad 2. Take a look at Francone and Nigay’s video here:
Head Tracking for iPad: Glasses-Free 3D Display
Francone and Nigay’s demo with targets was inspired by another tech enthusiast Johnny Lee, who demoed head tracking for desktop VR displays back in 1997 using a Wii remote and head-mounted sensor bar. Awesomely enough, Lee’s very informative head-tracking demo and his sincere request for Nintendo to step up its gaming to a 3D experience must have reached the ears of Nintendo, as Nintendo has since then created the Nintendo 3DS.
See Johnny Lee’s video here:
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You can indeed install the latest version of Froyo, Android 2.2.1, on a jail-broken iPhone 2 or 3G, and you can do it all without a computer. Redmond Pie has put together a nice step-by-step guide to getting Android on your iPhone with Bootlace 2.1. It is as simple as installing Bootlace 2.1 from Cydia, running it, and firing up iDroid. The rest is done for you, and frankly, it seems incredibly user friendly.
Get your Android on by adding the repository “http://repo.neonkoala.co.uk” to Cydia, and jump on over to Redmond Pie for their blow-by-blow guide. Probably the most easiest way to install Android on an iPhone 2/3G is via iPhoDroid, but the problem with it is that you should have a computer to run the whole process of installing Android on your iPhone 2/3G. Now thanks to Bootlace 2.1, you can now install Android 2.2.1 Froyo on your jail-broken iPhone without needing to connect it to any PC or Mac!
Note: iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 models not yet supported.