A View of the Future


Nokia Design has put their designers to work on pondering up new interface methods and techniques. They release this on youtube, with several other videos as well.

And it looks like Andy Wilson is forging Microsoft’s vision for their future of computing interfaces. Utilizing stereo cameras, smart tables, and RFID tagging they put on a great demonstration of what both multi-modal and ubiquitous computing has to offer. The end of the video shows a real world situation where this technologies merge to allow for a powerful meeting environment. And now with Microsoft releasing their Multipoint SDK which allows for more than one interface device, such as a mouse. I am sure this will be extended into multitouch interfaces.

Volumetric Displays are a new and exciting class of three dimensional displays. Similar to the Globe4D project this research above is done by Tovi Grossman in Toronto, allows for multi-modal interaction with 3D data sets. What is very interesting about his studies is the gestural methods his system allows. I could see how this hardware could developed upon to allow for no wearable objects and true touch capibilities.

A research group in Tokyo studied a simple active tracking system using a laser diode (visible or invisible light), steering mirrors, and a single non-imaging photodetector, which is capable of acquiring three dimensional coordinates in real time without the need of any image processing at all. Essentially, it is a smart rangefinder scanner that instead of continuously scanning over the full field of view, restricts its scanning area, on the basis of a real-time analysis of the backscattered signal, to a very narrow window precisely the size of the target. I have always be interested in this project, and could see how an infra red laser could be used into order to track as they say in there papers.

Staying on the topic of lasers, Graffiti Research Lab has release another interesting video which involves computer vision, a high powered laser, and some mad style. They have release their source code here.

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