Its always surprising what creative technology some people invent! Look at this Bubble Display, which is based on bubbles in different tubes. I never saw something comparable and it looks amazing. The Bubble display is used to print letters by releasing oxygen bubbles within a tube of liquids.
MoleBot is a mole robot built under a transformable board table that allows people to interact with everyday objects and props, and experience what it feels like to have a mole live under your table. MoleBot gives us the feeling as if the interactive interface blends the virtual and the physical reality.
It was exhibited at SIGGRAPH 2011 Emerging Technologies from August 7 to 11 in Vancouver, Canada. The MoleBot project was invited at Laval Virtual 2012 and won the Laval Virtual Awards grand prix on March 29, 2012.
Ever since i really loved this work by Danny Rozin pesented at the Siggraph 2001. A most creative work and a most unusual idea of a Wooden Mirror, which reflects a recorded image in front by displaying it immediately on a mirror of wooden tiles. In that sense it was one of the first eInk large scale displays ;). The mirror uses motors to tilt the wooden tiles in order to change the brightness of each pixel seen by a person standing in front of the mirror.
Munehiko Sato, Ivan Poupyrev and Chris Harrison from Disney Research, Pittsburgh published a fantastic work called Touché, which enables nearly every surface into a multitouch interaction surface. Touché is a new sensing technology that proposes a novel Swept Frequency Capacitive Sensing technique that can not only detect a touch event, but simultaneously recognize complex configurations of the human hands and body during touch interaction. This allows to significantly enhances touch interaction in a broad range of applications, from enhancing conventional touchscreens to designing interaction scenarios for unique use contexts and materials.
ZeroN is an unbelievable cool device by Jinha Lee from Hiroshi Ishii’s MIT Media Lab Tangible Media Group. Image if materials could defy gravity, so that we could leave them suspended anywhere in mid-air? ZeroN is about liberating materials from the constraints of space and time by blending the physical and digital world.
ZeroN is a new physical/digital interaction element that can be levitated and moved freely by computer in a three dimensional space. Both the computer and people can move the ZeroN simultaneously. In doing so, people and computers can physically interact with one another in 3D space. Users are invited to place or move the ZeroN just as they can place any other objects on surfaces. Once levitated, ZeroN’s behavior can be digitally programmed. For example, users can place the sun above physical objects to cast digital shadows, or place a planet that will start revolving based on simulated physical conditions.
ZeroN can remember how it has been moved. Physical motions of people can be collected in this medium to preserve and play them back indefinitely. When the users move and release the ZeroN, it continues to float and starts to move along the same path. This allows a unique, tangible record of a user’s physical presence and motion.
Our development of Playsurface started by assembling the best open-source optical touch table plans available, and we intend to create a hackable, multi-use, blazingly fast touch computing platform for gaming, music, browsing, device control, and other applications. The goal is to enable cutting-edge performance at a price point that makes buying a touch table similar to many consumer home computer purchases.