Imagine an interactive air screen that puts an image/video/CAD model into the air. Now imagine that image stays totally penetrable for physical objects and is powered by a multi-touch optical system that is controlled by your gestures, sans gloves, controllers, and gadgets. Now stop imagining…its real and it’s here.

Displair: Display+Air

Inspired by the Northern Lights, young Russian inventor Maksim Kamanin explored the physics of fog and clouds with the intention of leveraging the same phenomena into a technological interface. The first operating prototype was introduced to Russian President Medvedev in June of 2010. By May of 2012, Maksim harnessed a $1 million investment to further develop the prototype and launch the concept into small-scale production.

According to Displair:

The image is created in the air, it is physically permeable and interactive. The cleanest water drops, absolutely dry and solid due to their ultrafine size, create the basis of the image. The sensors inside the device and superior software kit recognize every touch on the image precisely and very fast.

It seems as though the iPhone and other touchscreen devices just hit the market yesterday. If Moore’s Law is pushing us along at this rate, we should be able to teleport in the next ten years, right?

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Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.