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Demo of Laptop/Tabletop Hybrid UI 66

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the computer-is-watching dept.
TheGrapeApe writes "The ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (ACMUIST) has an interesting proof-of-concept video up demonstrating the use of cameras and laser pico-projectors to 'extend' a laptop's user interface to adjacent surfaces. The video demonstrates some simple gestures like tapping and dragging being captured on the 'extended' surface. While the prototype appears to be somewhat cumbersome, it's easy to see how it might be more elegantly integrated into the hardware with more R&D."

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Demo of Laptop/Tabletop Hybrid UI

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 14, 2010 @10:31AM (#31844722)

    The one downside is the system causes you to do an over-exaggerated nod any time you use it.

  • by xZgf6xHx2uhoAj9D (1160707) on Wednesday April 14, 2010 @10:49AM (#31844938)

    That was the worst video demo I've seen in recent memory. None of the purported applications were interesting at all.

    Quick, you want to pause the music you're playing. Which would be easier? (1) Hitting a pause button on your laptop; (2) Hitting a pause button on your headphones; (3) Putting an accelerometer in your headphones; (4) Finding the exact tiny square on your desk such that if you put your headphones down there and maybe fiddle with it for a couple seconds so it's in the proper orientation to be picked up by a camera? I don't see much future in option #4.

    The scanning was pretty bad, too. Even manually taking a picture of a photo or piece of paper, where I'm directly overhead and fiddling with the lighting, it's hard to get a good result. When that started I thought "wow that picture is going to look like absolute shit" and it turned out even worse than I thought. Even at 480p you could the picture was unusable for anything, virtually unrecognizable even.

    The worst was the "tapping", though. It actually requires you to break your own finger bones just to register a "tap"?

  • by camperdave (969942) on Wednesday April 14, 2010 @10:51AM (#31844972) Journal
    Who has a desk as clean as that?

    I do. All of my papers, books, parts, plates and cutlery, post-it notes, mugs, wine bottles, and other miscellaneous clutter prevent dust from settling on it.
  • by kiehlster (844523) on Wednesday April 14, 2010 @11:10AM (#31845228) Homepage
    "This feature is knock-on-wood and free of glitches." *knocks on wood desk* "Well, except when the computer closes all open programs like it just did. We still need to work on that particular gesture."
  • by Thud457 (234763) on Wednesday April 14, 2010 @11:49AM (#31845702) Homepage Journal
    Clippy 3000:
    It looks like you are trying to masturbate
    Start Chat Roulette ? <y/n>

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