The lights are on
If you've ever been envious of all those sci-fi movies where the characters can swipe and tap at translucent screens placed seemingly everywhere, Microsoft has the product for you. The latest technology, paired with Kinect, gives users the ability to turn any surface into a touch screen. As a plus, it's not nearly as expensive as you may suspect.
The software comes from Ubi Interactive (not associated with Ubisoft) and started as just a prototype product. Now, the software is on sale for consumers. The price ranges from $149 to $1499 depending on the version purchased, and must be paired with a projector and a Kinect sensor.
When paired with a PC loaded with the software, the Kinect sensor's 3D mapping capability allows users to click, zoom and scroll through web pages and applications just as it would be done on a smartphone or tablet.
Our Take This technology is groundbreaking, and could be very usefully integrated into classrooms for more interactive and seamless presentations. While the footage of the technology shown is impressive, the gaming uses so far don't seem nearly as useful. It could be used, as shown, to create a massive game of Angry Birds by projecting the game onto a glass wall. But, until more innovative uses for gaming are integrated, you may not want drop a lot of cash on Ubi Interactive's software or a projector.
I love it, but isn't this what the $80 Leap is for? turning a non-touch screen into a "touch" (motion controlled) screen?
obviously not on this scale, but still.
Only problem, You need a dark dark room and a large, white, smooth surface to use it
Quite fascinating, though a similar concept to SmartBoard technology. This just removes the SmartBoard and replaces it with Kinect.
You mean we can finally do what the Iron Man movies have been doing for five or six years in real life? Sounds cool. Time to utilize Jarvis and RDJ's epic holographic tablets hehehe.
You can do the same thing for $40 with free software.
Digital Camera with IR filter removed: $30
IR Pen: $10
also, these are called smart boards, my high school had them and i graduated in 2012
This seems like all those hacks people were doing back in the day with wii motes.
Whoa that is seriously futuristic!
This is so damn cool, I can't wait till things like this and illumiroom become cheap! I personally am getting the xbox one partly because I love the tech of the kinect, yay for technological advance, nay for the *** companies that overcharge the *** out of products
that's awesome stuff ill be keeping my eye on this
Huh. that's pretty cool
That's pretty awesome.
I could see myself using this on occasion, but i can't really see using it for a lot of games aside from android/iphone based touchscreen games. That being said, i kind of felt the same way about the vita's touch screen and i love it! :)
That actually looks pretty interesting.
That's pretty cool. We can all be a step closer to becoming Tony Stark.
As the cost of using this technology with Kinect drops I can very easily see it being utilized for better game immersion and added effects... let alone the real world applications.