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Want to connect with the other side, with the Dynamic Shape Display you can.

18/12/13 Oi,Tech News
Want to connect with the other side, with the Dynamic Shape Display you can.

Modern technology is slowly making us poke at small screens that have blazing fast graphics. For example, the mobile phone is quickly becoming a black rectangle with the biggest screen size possible.  


The Tangible Media Group of MIT Media Lab is taking a step back, with this new project titled InForm. This machine is called a Dynamic Shape Display, it allows you to interact with the world on the other side of the screen in a very tactile way.

InFORM features a table with a surface much like your old ‘pinscreen’, in this case one powered by actuators in the table below that allow for shapeshifting based on computer input.

The system uses a Microsoft Kinect to track movements by the user, converting those actions into a 3D response from the inFORM table. Whoever interacts with the table can see their actions on a screen, and anyone at the table can see the person controlling it on a screen just behind the ‘pinscreen’. (This gives the illusion that the person is right there at that point.)

What’s thrilling about this technology is the possibilities it holds for the future of interface design. This working model could takes us into the area of possibility!

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