Wednesday, February 27, 2013

SpaceTop 3D Lets you Put your Hands "Inside" Your Desktop

It's not easy to let go of the existing concepts we've grown to use and imagine what might come next. Just like decades ago people were amazed by the graphical desktop user interface, with movable and resizable windows and a mouse pointer (hard to think there was a time when cursor keys ruled the computer interaction, isn't it?) it's now time to be amazed with this SpaceTop 3D that offers you a 3D desktop you can really put your hands into.

Developed by Jinha Lee at Microsoft, this system uses a transparent screen and cameras to track both your hands (in 3D space) and your head. Knowing the precise position of your head and orientation is important in order to show a perspective corrected desktop image on the screen and create the illusion of a real floating 3D desktop.

It might seem too far-fetched for now, but when you consider Google plans to have their Project Glass glasses out by the end of the year, and that we'll have a screen right in front of our eyes... this sot of thing might very well become a lot easier to implement. Who can imagine how things will look like four or five years from now?

SpaceTop, CHI 2013 from Jinha Lee on Vimeo.

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