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October 5, 2010

Microsoft LightSpace Technology

October 05, 2010 Posted by tjcool , , No comments
Microsoft LightSpace Technology

It's hard not to love the crazy stuff happening at Microsoft Research, but it's also hard to imagine when any of it is going to actually start changing the way we interact with our PCs. Surface was bested bySecondLight as the coolest tech we can't buy, and now here comes another successor: LightSpace. This gets rid of the expensive table in favor of a (surely not cheap) series of projectors hanging from the ceiling paired to a 3D camera. The camera detects the relative position of things and instructs a projector to apply a Surface-like interface onto any flat surface. From there a user can literally grab any file they like and carry it over to another surface, where it will be displayed. It's all demonstrated quite handily in the video below, and while the system does look a wee bit rough at the moment, the potential is surely there. Just like it was with SecondLight, and Surface, and Courier...

No doubt based on some of the cool projector technologies Microsoft has demonstrated in the past, such as surface, or their Home of the Future projects, LightSpace takes all of that and moves it to a much freer arena.
Based on a combination of multiple projectors as well as one or more three-dimensional cameras, the technology allows for multitouch interaction on any surface in the home.

Where the real potential of this technology lies is when the tech can be embedded all around the home or workplace. Suddenly the computer, the desk, the display - none of it matters. Any surface can show information, and any surface can become interactive.

via : Engadget