Microsoft's Research department is always coming up with cool new ways to interact with gadgets, and this newly released video of the "Holodesk" is definitely one of the cooler ones. It uses a Kinect ("hacked" doesn't seem really correct when it's a Microsoft project) to see your hands and face, and allows you to juggle completely virtual 3-D objects--balance a virtual ball on a book, then tip it into a bowl of water, or stack virtual 3-D blocks. It's pretty amazing.
You can see in the video above what's happening: the user is able to interact with virtual 3-D holographs just as if they were real. They're slightly janky, but behave mostly as they would in real life, responding to gravity and force and other objects.
The system got a major shot in the arm thanks to the Kinect. As it turns out, interacting with virtual objects is just as much about tracking your line of sight as about tracking your hands. Its accuracy is much more on-point thanks to our little $150 buddy, though you still have to look through the screen or glass plate to see the virtual objects.
A product of the Sensors and Devices Group at Microsoft Research, the Holodesk isn't due for release or anything like that--but given its main sensor is a Kinect, we can see some pretty impressive similar projects popping up in the near future.
Remote robotics everywhere, how cool that will be!
Remote robotic surgery.
Romote robotic combate soldiers.
Remote robotic drivers and pilots.
Remote robotic submarine drivers.
Remote robotic space ships.
You get the picture. ;)
well... i guess we'll be playing with Microsoft's balls for another decade.
neat. closer and closer to the holograms we've fantasized about for generations.
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This would be cool in a white room where you could wear glasses to see everything and play games like CALL OF DUTY! You could jump around to dodge bullets!
WOW this is so cool!! i agree with dcrosenthal. imagine being able to do what neo does in the Matrix. get any gun on demand lol. this technology plus the 3d printer will do wonders!
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This is so cool it isn't funny!
I'd guess around fifteen years until this works smoothly & is available to the public market.
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This is like the touch/motion sensor from 'minority report'
gahh. technology is fantastic.
Ok, sure, alright then. It is those little moment in life to leave those alone playing with their own fantasy imagery balls and yes squares too. Well, I wish you joy and much fun!
I am very confident this has much positional for remote control imagery control augmented robotic resources of a sort.
The future will tell. I can see very much the potential of this technology and its future development!