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Microsoft Research – Projected Augmented Reality Tabletop

MirageTable, a 3-D stereoscopic projector projects content directly on top of the curved screen. The information is captured by the Kinect camera, which also tracks the user’s gaze. This enables presentation of correct perspective use to a single user on top of the dynamic changing geometry of the real world.

You can see where this stuff is going and it won’t be long either!

NUI Kinect-like system using your laptop’s built-in speaker & microphone

Microsoft Research, working with the University of Washington, has developed a Kinect-like system that uses your computer’s built-in microphone and speakers to provide object detection and gesture recognition, much in the same way that a submarine uses sonar. Called SoundWave, the new technology uses the Doppler effect to detect any movements and gestures in the proximity of a computer.

Inkling Demo at NAB

Wacom Cintiq24HD Demo

Wes took me through the ‘on screen’ settings for the new Cintiq24HD while I was at the Wacom stand at NAB 2012 in Las Vegas.

Samsung Blogger Project

Samsung asked Heather Armstrong of Dooce.com to stop typing for a day and update her blog with handmade posts. www.noteworthyproject.com I think it’s interesting that pen interaction is a point of differentiation between other well known tablet devices. I’m not sure who’s pen technology they use and if it’s pressure sensitive but I will find out and let you know.

Wacom Intuos5 on screen interaction

Intuos5 has several characteristics in terms of productivity, as the four key functions of the Touch Ring and ExpressKeys that can be customized to suit your shortcuts and modifiers to your favorite applications. The new display innovative Express View provides a reminder of your ExpressKeys settings on the screen so you can stay focused on your screen and your work. Let the guys at Wacom give you a full demo this week at (NAB stand SL2809)

Wacom Cintiq 24 HD

The Cintiq 24HD is the flagship product of Wacom’s Cintiq range and has been designed for professional use, setting new standards for everybody working in 3D design, animation, game development, industrial design and visual effects. I finally got to see one in the flesh today at the NAB show in Las Vegas. Nice!

Google – Project Glass

A team in the Google [x] group has started Project Glass to build this kind of technology which is along the lines of my PhD research into NUI. I think the key here is interface has to be simple and out of your way and the physical glasses have to look cool or just look normal.

Once those two elements come together it will be the perfect storm for this ..I can see it now with people walking around talking to themselves .. actually nothing really new about that.

Lady Gaga’s camera glasses from Polaroid – CES 2011

SIGGRAPH 2010 : Emerging Technologies

Some of the cool stuff being shown in the ‘Studio’ at Siggraph 2010

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