IllumiShare, from Microsoft Research (also responsible for holodesks), is a system to allow two people to interact with various objects remotely. It gives cooperative activities like taking notes or creating documents a physicality: You're not typing in Google Docs, you're actually writing with ink and paper. Or playing cards with real cards, only your partner is on the other side of the world.
The IllumiShare is really just a cool implementation of a combined projector and camera. When two of them are communicating, each one records what it sees while simultaneously beaming that video to the other IllumiShare setup and projecting what it receives from its brother. Since it uses a regular camera, you can use physical objects like a pen and paper, or cards, or dice, as shown in the video below.
The drawback is that compared to a completely digital experience, you can only control the physical objects that are actually in front of you. So no, this doesn't allow you to reach through a wrinkle in space-time to manipulate your friends' cards. But it looks pretty seamless and probably wouldn't even be all that expensive to make. Microsoft hasn't implied any release date for it, though.
[via The Atlantic]
Hmmmmmmmmm, its like I've seen a concept like this beforeee... HMMMMMMM Ohyeah docs,google,com! Granted, its not physical like this, but with a touch screen, it wastes less paper!
It's nice to see how Google will react to this. Well, I see there are some new players in the market which are looking very interesting when it comes to Cloud storage. One such tool which I've come across is CollateBox seems very powerful. Waiting for this one. You must check out their video its amazing
I like the educational potential of this concept. It would make study groups more flexible. The ability to meet on line and not be restricted to finding a spot in a crowded library or elsewhere on campus would be most convenient.
this could be used to play board games with remote friends. as it stands now you can draw out a settlers of catan game board and place your roads and settlements accordingly.. I wonder if they will expand it in the future to allow more connections so more people can interact at once.