At the MIT Media Lab, the Tangible Media Group believes the future of computing is tactile. Unveiled today, the inFORM is MIT's new scrying pool for imagining the interfaces of tomorrow. Almost like a table of living clay, the inFORM is a surface that three-dimensionally changes shape, allowing users to not only interact with digital content in meatspace, but even hold hands with a person hundreds of miles away. And that's only the beginning.
Created by Daniel Leithinger and Sean Follmer and overseen by Professor Hiroshi Ishii, the technology behind the inFORM isn't that hard to understand. It's basically a fancy Pinscreen, one of those executive desk toys that allows you to create a rough 3-D model of an object by pressing it into a bed of flattened pins. With inFORM, each of those "pins" is connected to a motor controlled by a nearby laptop, which can not only move the pins to render digital content physically, but can also register real-life objects interacting with its surface thanks to the sensors of a hacked Microsoft Kinect.
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Wow!! That is so cool and I never seen this kind cool invention on any TV commercial before. Only MIT. But it would be nice to apply this kind new high tech on bed ridden patient to have some certain exam in hospital. Like a mini train or belt for transportation purpose............. STF....
Lamest thing I've ever seen in my life, apparently things like this and weaponry is why we don't have cures for simple things like cancer and all those other horrible things. Wonder how much of our money was wasted on this so these people can have fun.
Very useful for scientist if attached with manless planetary rover like curiosity rover currently working on Mars. When scientist finds an object/stone on Mars and they want to observe it through their hands , they can use it there to perform it quickly and easily. Currently Rover takes time to move this object/stone with it's tools.
How? You have seen the size of the machine and it needs to be under the object to interact with it. Plus it won't. Cause half the problem/most of it is the delay. it's not a miracle machine data can't be beamed to it instantly. It'll be slower than the current tools, given it's like of grip and that'll it experience the same lag as the current things while also having a higher risk of damaging the object.
I want to let you know guys i had the same thought of using cubes this way to play games more practically..m but after watching this i am feeling little down just like someone steals my food..but great innovation..
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