Minority report…

9 12 2009

Technology is about to change our ways of communicating and interacting with the world… again. Again ? I recently bumped into a very good demonstration of augmented reality by General Electric. The Smart Grid Augmented Reality demo shows a GE Smart Griddigital hologram of GE’s technology which you can manipulate in front of your computer, provided you have a webcam and a printer.

GE explains that this demo uses the FLARToolKit from the Spark project and gives you the impression the landscape comes live in your hands. Very impressive and fun! How could we use this in projects ?

The Sixth Sense demo from TED is also amazing. This demo from Pattie Maes’ lab at MIT, spearheaded by Pranav Mistry, shows a wearable device with a projector that paves the way for profound interaction with our environment. Some blah blah blah at first and then the demo starts approximately at 2:20.

Made me think about Microsoft’s Surface, the way you can display, sort & organize things. With a slight difference in the price! Now certainly they need to work on the batteries to ensure friendly utilization, but now you may really ask yourself how this will impact our personal and professional environment. With all the use cases that TED has imagined for this presentaiton, we can certainly add some more, like true whiteboard sharing for brainstorm sessions, with live changes between participants. I can’t wait to see this, SMS’s will look so odd in 10 years from now ! Certainly also, combining augmented reality and SixthSense will bring us some more capabilities to accelerate projects and developments.

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