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Here's a Clever Way to Make the iPad 3D

I think there are maybe 12 people in the world who want 3D on their tablets so this is for them. Ochanomizu Women's University has developed a way to turn the iPad display into a pseudo-3D display. Well, kind of. It requires a special device.


The special device is actually a cylindrical mirror that projects what's on the iPad display but in a sort of 360 degree rotatable 3D-effect. It's obviously not the real deal but it's not as horrible as it sounds. They've called their technology 'Anamorphicons' and the mirror has touch inputs on the bottom of the cylinder (where it touches the screen and mimics fingers) and an aluminum cap to easily control the cylinder. I'm not sure what people would use this for but hey 3D on your iPad. Yay? [ via UberGizmo]

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OK, first off that is not "3D" in any way, it's an interactive 2D image. In 3D, both of your eyes are receiving 2 slightly different pieces of information, which combined, gives your brain more perspective about the object, even if neither you nor the object is in motion.

The idea of a cylindrical mirror is no more 3D than when I take an object in Solidworks/Inventor and rotate it with my mouse on a 2D screen. I'm seeing something that is 3D by observing a series of 2D images, but in no way do any of the images appear to extend beyond the limits of the screen.

The cylindrical mirror is an overly complicated way to rotate through a series of 2D images. To make matters worse, the images aren't rendered in real time, it's just 70 static images being browsed through.