Digital Genetics

Tag: Kinect

Experiments in Human-Computer Interaction

by on Dec.01, 2011, under cool, science, technology

Human-Computer interaction or HCI, has long been a fascination. I guess it first started with virtual reality, where total immersion into a digital world could be possible. Suddenly scenes from the lawnmower man immediately come to mind (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doAnB5_eDnw). Whilst we are are still a long way from this sort of technology, there have been some amazing leap forwards in HCI research.

Microsoft HoloDesk
The HoloDesk is an interactive system which combines the technology of a transparent display, a Kinect camera and a half-silvered mirror. The real beauty of this system is getting hands-on, and physically being able to interact with three dimensional objects. Check out the cool video demonstration:

FogScreen
Wow! using fog, really? I was simply gobsmacked when I first came across this technology. FogScreen is the brainchild of a company in Helsinki, Finland. The device uses an array of tiny nozzles to deliver rows of near-microscopic drops of water, forming a thick fog upon which a project can shine a suprisingly clear image. that means no dorky glasses are required! Couple this display with a kinect style device and you have an interactive interface which looks very cool.

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