3D images are set to revolutionize mobile devices--and Grenoble-based companies are leading the way. ST-Ericsson plans to develop components and embedded software that can capture and process stereoscopic images, and display them in 3D on a smartphone. Software developers Visioglobe and Pointcube are working on innovative applications that use a 3D analysis of a given environment to display 3D objects in that environment. And OLED technology leader MicroOLED will come up with micro-displays for 3D video glasses. All that will require inventing ways to study and enhance how individuals view 3D images and learn to use these new features.
The Moov3D project will build a smartphone prototype with a stereoscopic camera and several types of 3D display technology, such as for mobile screens, 3D glasses, and mobile-device-connected HD TV. The prototype will be able to take and process high-definition 3D photos and videos. The images taken by the camera can be used in augmented reality and 3D navigation applications to precisely locate objects and insert generated images of objects in a picture. Developers will use models of human depth perception to assess 3D image quality. They will also obtain user feedback throughout the project to help steer their development efforts.