Wow, it seems like every month or two, the ever increasing speed of computer processing is making possible entirely new ways of interacting with computers. I mentioned Photosynth, which allows all the worlds photos to be seamlessly tied together to form a virtual 3D visual of the world. Then there is multi-touch, which will utterly change the way we interact with computers in the coming decade. Below is a demo of a new intuitive 3D sketch program that will let anyone create 3D sketches easier than working with clay.
According to the website, “Photosynth takes a large collection of photos of a place or an object, analyzes them for similarities, and then displays the photos in a reconstructed three-dimensional space, showing you how each one relates to the next.”
Here’s Blaise giving his “Jaw-Dropping” demo at TED2007.
Imagine using this software along with Ken Han’s multi-touch display. Wow. Add the rapidly increasing amount of photographic data of aerial photographers and Google Earth will become increasingly realistic and real-time. Another step towards hypermediation.
This is very cool.
Perspective Pixel, a new company started by Jeff Han, have created the first multi-touch, liquid, fun and beautifully interactive display.
Here’s a quick demo:
And here’s a fully detailed demo at TED2007. Simply amazing, and definitely the future of how we’ll be able to interact with computers:
Via Boing Boing
Loop.ph is a design group “exploring reactive luminous surfaces in the built environment.” Products that respond to the activities of the human beings using them. Things that emit light, things worn or lived in. Here are a few:
Proposal for a tiling system to illuminate public spaces. Each tile forms a pixel that responds to a moving shadow being cast upon it, mapping a physical pathway with an inverted| illuminating shadow. Light trails linger as you move through space providing localized and personal illumination.
A silent alarm clock, an illuminating, personalised alarm integrated into your bedding that gently wakes you in the most natural way. Ever since the beginning of time light has controlled our body clock telling us when to sleep and when to wake. As lifestyles are rapidly changing with increased travel and demands on our time, people’s natural body clocks are out of sync. This pillow and duvet simulates a natural dawn that eases you into your day. Light Sleeper Bedding uses electroluminescent technology allowing traditional textile surfaces to become a reactive light source.
And then this via DRT News:
LiTraCon© is a “common” concrete stone-block that turns out to be light conducting through its embedded glassfibers. From one side to the other light passes the stone without any significant loss and illuminates the darker side of the stone. Shadows are transmitted and shown in precise shapes on the opposite surface.