If you’ve ever been at an all-you-can-eat buffet and started playing with the mash potatoes beneath the sneeze guard, dreaming of the future, you’ll be overjoyed at the 3D display tech coming out of Microsoft Research. It has nothing to do with mash potatoes (yet) but it does seem there are no bounds to what can be done with a Kinect device these days. We’re inching toward more interactive design environments and this new prototype 3D display from the Applied Sciences Group is yet another example of where display tech may be heading.

Transparent 3D Desktop

Jinha Lee and Cati Boulanger of the Microsoft Labs Applied Sciences Group are using a transparent Samsung OLED screen and Microsoft’s Kinect technology to explore the depth perceiving possibilities of a 3D interface.

Depth cameras detect user’s fingers and capture the hands position, so the user can switch back and forth between 2D and 3D interaction very easily. User can lift up his hand to reach the display window and arrange them in this space. Windows and files are overlayed on your hand in 3D space.

As you move your hand to each side, the object on the screen adjusts accordingly giving you the sense that a flat screen is a thing of the past. An additional finger cursor and the 3-dimensional grid display complete the effect. Absolutely lovely. Ready to give it a spin with a 3D model?

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via Mobilemag


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