iPad is special and so are the applications that are made especially for this handsome device. The world of electronics has a lot to offer and here to magically perk up the whole user interface experience is T(ether). Created by four students from MIT Media Lab, David Lakatos, Ken Perlin, Matthew Blackshaw and Hiroshi Ishii, it has been defined as an apt tool for spatial expression.
This experimental iPad app will ingeniously combine augmented reality, collaborative work spaces and gestural interfaces in a single tool. T(ether) will give the users a great view of 3-D data by keeping a clear track of both orientation and head position. So, you will have to hold the iPad in one hand while the other hand will be used to put on show a shared virtual space. This space can be maneuvered as per a user’s whims and for this he/she will have to wear a specially designed glove. This glove is quite powerful and unlike using a computer sitting on desk, it will offer free hand spatial positioning. It will give a user the flexibility to pinch, zoom, rotate, spin and draw 3D shapes, which will look very real.
The most interesting part is that two people will be able to independently fiddle with the same network of virtual cubes at the same time through their individual iPads, which is not possible through any of the augmented reality apps present today. T(ether) will prove to be a great help for filmmakers and animators, as it will unfurl multiple possibilities by letting animators work together in real time on virtual screens. Apart from this, it will also prove to be of great help for industrial designers, architects and people who have to make 3D designs on computers.