Getting 3D video playback on your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad could be as old-school simple as tilting a mirror at an angle. And that appears to be what media artist Jitsuro Mase has done, employing three half-silvered mirrors to create the illusion of 3D display, an idea that picked up an honorary mention at the Ars Electronic Festival 2010 in September.
Bringing 3D minus the clunky 3D eyewear to the handset ahead of other phone makers, the i3DG Palm Top Theater is a small, box-shaped accessory that plugs in to an iPhone or iPod Touch for playback. It claims to be capable of supporting a gamut of applications from 3D videos to accelerometer-based games.
And there won't be a shortage of potential 3D content, unlike with TV, since anyone can use video-editing software such as Final Cut, Flash, Premier, After Effects, and MaxMSP/Jitter to produce the 960×640 format required. As an upcoming showcase of these works, a Palm Top Theater mobile 3D exhibition will reportedly run from late January to early February under the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Catch the video below to see how it works.