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Luminar: MIT transforms any surface into an interactive table

Luminar: MIT transforms any surface into an interactive table

Today there are many research projects working on finding new to interact with computers in a comfortable and natural. Currently not uncommon for us to use touch screens in our mobile devices but, as we can discern in some projects being developed, the screens could make way for projected images on any surface such as a table. Transforming a conventional a touch pad is something we’ve seen in initiatives such as BendDesk , a path that MIT has also taken on a very interesting project: LuminAR .

LuminAR is a project developed by the group of “fluid interfaces” of the Media Lab (the large multidisciplinary laboratory technology foresight MIT) reinventing something as mundane as the typical lamps that many have on our desks and work tables with the idea to better illuminate the work area.

These lamps (which could make us remember the pet of Pixar) become, in this project, in a much more sophisticated since the traditional bulb replaced by a complex system consisting of a pick-guard, a camera and a small forming a computer system capable of projecting on the table an interface (for example the image of our computer) with which we can interact and therefore push or move with our fingers to the camera detects motion and takes as input system.

The project aims to make much smarter our work space thanks to this “smart bulb” that also comes with a robotic arm to give greater flexibility to the system and adapt to any surface. LuminAR transforms a work table in a touch surface on which to project information or with which the user can work or display planes without having a screen on his desk, a keyboard or a mouse since all these input and output devices would be focused on their own table and in the luminary.

I am excited thinking about how they might use the system designers and engineers

The idea, in my opinion, has a lot of potential and could have applications in multiple disciplines, bringing augmented reality, for example, studies of architecture or civil engineering digital recreations allowing them to visualize their plans or their designs without having to printing or viewing on your computer screen.

Images: MIT Media Lab and Technology Review

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