Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Augmented Reality "Holographic" Table uses Kinect

We've all seen all the things that one can do using a multitouch table like Microsoft's own Surface. But this augmented reality "holographic" table takes its one step further by using a Kinect to add an extra layer of "depth" to what you can use it for.

The system is quite similar to the original Surface, using a projector underneath the screen, and a infrared laser system and camera that allows it to recognize gestures and touches. The key point is the use of a Kinect sensor that allows the system to know the exact position of the user's head, and thanks to some complex math "magic", allows the screen to show a perspective corrected image that makes it seem like it has real 3D depth.

It's kind of hard to put into words, but you'll be able to grasp it as soon as you see it in action in the following video:

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