Using the iPad 2’s front facing camera the team over at Engineering Human-Computer Interaction Research Group have been able to create a facial tracking application that provides a 3D interface for Apple’s new device.
The application uses a feed from the front-facing camera, together with software called Head-Coupled Perspective, to track the position of a person’s head in 3D in real-time. This is then used to create the amazing 3D effects without the need for the users to wear any kind of 3D glasses. Watch a video of the new applications in action after the jump.
The software is still under development at the moment and has been produced as a prove of concept rather than a commercial app. However Apple’s iPhone can also be fitted with the same software and use it cameras to create the same effect and with more and more power being added to mobile devices already equipped with front facing camera its surely wont be long before we start to see innovative 3D applications and interfaces appearing.
Apple has now released its third generation iPad, have a look at our iPad 3 vs iPad 2 guide for more information on the differences between the two tablets.