Scientists have just slapped a new face on motion control technology with an intriguing, new innovation. A device so unique that it’ll virtually change the way we do business and conduct meetings.
Enter the MisTable.
It’s an interactive tabletop display that includes four personal screens, all made from a curtain of mist that’s pumped through a fog machine.
Yes… that’s right. Mist and fog.
But far from being a scene in San Francisco Bay, the best thing about the MisTable is that “if you need to do something on your own, you can just interact in front of you. At the same time, if you want to [show] something that could be interesting for the rest, you can just drop it on the tabletop and share it with others.”
So says Diego Martinez, Post-Doctoral Researcher at University of Bristol.
It’s that simple. Think of that next presentation you have to give, or your next company brainstorming session. Everything you need is right here, right in the mist. This is how it works…
“Leap” into Motion
Two Microsoft (MSFT) Kinect motion sensors follow the user’s hands and head, while their fingers are tracked by a Leap Motion Controller.
Then, a projector reflects computer images onto a fog that’s between the tabletop surface and user. Using fog or mist is actually perfect for this display, “because when you project light onto these mist particles it diffuses, you will see the content, the diffused light,” according to team leader Professor Sri Subramanian at the University of Bristol.
As you can see above, not only are the images seen on the fog screens, the device also allows you to push directly through the screens and onto the display, a feature with endless possibilities.
The end result is that it revolutionizes interaction and regular face-to-face presentations.
Before the MisTable is commercialized, the team is focused on refining the technology with higher-display resolutions. In doing so, it could become one of the hottest gadgets to hit the market – one that appeals to both consumers and businesses alike.
Ahead of the tape,
Tech Research Team