The Future Is Here!: A 3-D Interactive Shape Display

November 18, 2013


This is a video demonstration of MIT Media Lab's inFORM Shape Display. It's like one of those novelty pins-and-needle art displays you press your hand or face into, except you're doing it from far away using a Kinect (so it's not very much like one of those at all). Still, it allows a user to interact with the 3-D display from anywhere in the world. It's perfect for....hmmm. It's perfect for....damn. It has to be perfect for something. Ooh -- It's perfect if you want to play with your cats while you're on vacation.

Keep going for a video demo of the future. Granted it's not a particularly exciting future, but anything's better than being chased down and exterminated by robots.

Thanks to E V I L A R E S, Jamie and bigrye, who agree trying to feed a kid with a 3-D interactive display from hundred of miles away is fun for the whole family.

  • Guest

    It'll be cool when the resolution increases where they decrease the size of the blocks they're raising and lowering. I imagine in the future they'll eventually be able to get it down to the size of bristles on those fiber optic toy things. Maybe smaller? Plus, if they use fiberoptic bristles, they could get rid of the projector and your hand would no longer cast a shadow. An object would be able to form on the table with its color and all. I realize its not that easy, but I'm sure they're working on it. I'm sure the size of the underlying mechanics will decrease significantly as well, allowing this kind of stuff to easily be installed in your home. Lots of potential in the future.

  • Kenlin Bros

    "Lots of potential in the future."

    We got Nostradamus here, people!

  • Bastardo

    but can you f*ck it?

  • We all know what this is going to be used for.
    I hope it's easy to clean.

  • MustacheHam

    Totally beats holograms with it's physical interaction. :D

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