Microsoft Research: HoloDesk – Direct 3D Interactions (Holographic Windows Phones)October 21, 2011 No Comments
Now this is just amazing and it really puts into perspective of what ‘magic’ really is *cough* Apple *cough*.
Even though we love Microsoft consumer products, what really sets them apart from other companies are the things that Microsoft actually invents. We aren’t talking nicer screens like what other companies call invention but things that rapidly push us into the future. We recently wrote about sensors that can give you touch control of a mobile device through clothing. Now be prepared to be blown away by actual 3D interactions with ‘real’ holograms.
Check out the Windows Phone hologram around the 2:40 mark.
HoloDesk is a novel interactive system combining an optical see through display and Kinect camera to create the illusion that users are directly interacting with 3D graphics. A virtual image of a 3D scene is rendered through a half silvered mirror and spatially aligned with the real-world for the viewer. Users easily reach into an interaction volume displaying the virtual image. This allows the user to literally get their hands into the virtual display. A novel real-time algorithm for representing hands and other physical objects, which are sensed by the Kinect inside this volume, allows physically realistic interaction between real and virtual 3D objects.