A three-dimensional computer interface that allows a user to “reach inside” a computer screen and move files and data with their hands like real-world objects. More advanced tasks can be triggered with hand gestures. The SpaceTop 3D computer, developed by Jinha Lee, a grad student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) following an internship at Microsoft Applied Science, was unveiled last week at the TED conference in California.
The system is powered by a transparent LED display and a system of two cameras, one tracking the users’ gestures and the other watching her eyes to assess gaze and adjust the perspective on the projection.
However this is still in early stages, Lee’s system is quantum leap in computer interfaces – a bridge between the physical and digital realm. This union will permit more automated physical interactions — something Lee calls “programming the world.”