Incredibly impressive interactive dynamic display which demonstrates potential possibilities working with adaptive form both locally and remotely - video embedded below:
inFORM is a Dynamic Shape Display that can render 3D content physically, so users can interact with digital information in a tangible way. inFORM can also interact with the physical world around it, for example moving objects on the table’s surface. Remote participants in a video conference can be displayed physically, allowing for a strong sense of presence and the ability to interact physically at a distance. inFORM is a step toward our vision of Radical Atoms: tangible.media.mit.edu/vision/
MARIO: Mid-air Augmented Reality Interaction with Objects
Demo of mixed-reality tech where you can play with a cute virtual character - video embedded below:
This mixed reality interface places virtual characters in the real world. It was developed by the Naemura Lab at the University of Tokyo.
Users can have an animated character jump onto their hand, as well as guide the character onto blocks, creating a novel interactive experience.
"Recently, devices have been developed that can form images in mid-air. We’ve utilized one of those, and combined it with sensors and a projector, to provide an intuitive display experience where a picture in the air is skillfully merged with the real world."
Data such as the height of the user’s hand and the shape of the block is obtained using Kinect, and the system is programmed to automatically move the character to the highest place. This data is used to display the character and its shadow correctly in mid-air, both geometrically and optically, creating a very realistic looking experience.
Well, what can I say… The Future is here. This is one of the most amazing artifacts from the future I’ve seen in a long time.
Think about the potential and what you can do with it when they increase the resolution and the strength of the blocks (carbon composites, graphene… whatever). I definitely share the astonishment of Kevin Kelly:
Wow, it’s the beginning of….. something in our future. There must be a science fiction name for a full body controlled virtually. It’s a demo of….
"Retinal projection requires precise alignment and optical focusing, a major engineering challenge that has pushed other companies toward simpler technologies when creating wearable displays. (Including Google, which considered retinal projection for Glass.) Avegant seems to have solved that problem in two ways: a frame that expands to accommodate different face widths and high-quality optical elements that can be individually adjusted. Where most wearable displays have crude, fixed optics, Avegant’s eyepieces wouldn’t look out of place at an ophthalmologist’s". (via Avegant Virtual Retinal Display - Wearable tech - CNET Reviews)
Apollo 15 was the ninth manned mission in the United States’ Apollo program, the fourth to land on the Moon, and the eighth successful manned mission. It was the first of what were termed “J missions,” long stays on the Moon, with a greater focus on science than had been possible on previous missions. It was also the first mission on which the Lunar Roving Vehicle was used.
The mission began on July 26, 1971, and ended on August 7. At the time, NASA called it the most successful manned flight ever achieved.