Two of the biggest trends at the moment seem to be centered around 3D images and mobile devices. So when you put the two together, you're about as trendy as can be.
Only, the folks at Laboratoire d’Informatique de Grenoble's Engineering Human-Computer Interaction (EHCI) Research Group, in France, don't appear to be the trendy type.
Still, they're way ahead of the game when it comes to the subject of 3D images on mobile devices. Utilizing the front-facing camera on an iPhone and an iPad, and a technique known as Head-Coupled Perspective (HCP), two researchers from the company have developed "a
glasses-free monocular 3D display."
Laurence Nigay and Jeremie Francone - who have been working together for a couple of years on wavelet menus for this kind of device - have used off-axis projection to give the user the perception of 3D. As you move your head in relation to the device, you get to see the image from different perspectives - a little like a holograph, only much clearer.
But don't waste your time searching for this app just yet, as they're still developing it.
Besides, unless you know French, you won't be able to translate the images. See for yourself: