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Obscura Digital Demos "Minority Report"-Like Display 124

Posted by kdawson
from the grabbing-holograms dept.
Barence and other readers sent along word of a demonstration by Obscura Digital of a new technology it's dubbed a multi-touch hologram — reminiscent of the display in Minority Report. The demonstration shows a man interacting with holographic images projected before him, moving them around and resizing them. It's only sort of like the Minority Report display, which used hand movements to control elements on a screen. Earlier, Obscura had demoed another take on the Spielbergian technology, a multi-touch wall.
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Obscura Digital Demos "Minority Report"-Like Display

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  • Meh.. (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Splab (574204) on Tuesday August 05, 2008 @01:09PM (#24483445)

    Well first of all, it's shot from one angle, saw another movie like this where some random blogger (also the case here it seems) thinks its "holographic" when it is in fact a projector shooting on clear plastic.

    Also it looks to me that he interacts with the system through sensors in each hand, clicking them when he wants to "grab" something - and they are poorly calibrated, quite a lot of the time the system clearly isn't responding the way he wants it to.

  • Get Off My Lawn! (Score:2, Interesting)

    by RManning (544016) on Tuesday August 05, 2008 @01:22PM (#24483655) Homepage
    I'll keep my CLI, thank you very much!
  • Johnny (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Amorymeltzer (1213818) on Tuesday August 05, 2008 @01:38PM (#24483883)

    All this is a lot like what Johnny [cmu.edu] did with the Wii-mote. He effectively turned the Wii (aka OLD technology by this point) into a tracker so he could manipulate items. He even used a screen to make images appear 3-D. In fact, his system is a lot more like Minority Report because, iirc, Cruise was touching a kind of screen, moving pictures and images across it, not hanging in mid-air.

  • s/mouse/hamster (Score:4, Interesting)

    by epine (68316) on Tuesday August 05, 2008 @11:46PM (#24492041)

    Minority Report sucked. The sensitivity on that wall-sized display was set to the level where it required a Shatneresque facial tick to get anything to happen at all. Cruise was doing Swan Lake just to accomplish a simple fade. Just what we all need: a 10,000 pixel wide display with a 20dpi gesture camera.

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