Sunday, February 8, 2009

The lines between virtual and reality are begining to cross

According to Wired, Students at the MIT Media Lab have developed a wearable computing system that turns surfaces into interactive display screens. The person who wears this device can control virtual gadgets and internet data at will. According to Pattie Maes of MIT Media Lab's the research is aimed at creating a new digital sixth sens for humans.

The prototype of this device was constructed from a ordinary web cam and a battery-powered 3M projector, with an attached mirror. That are all connected to a mobile phone that is connected to the Internet. The original cost of this set up was around $US350. This allows the user of the device to project data from the phone on to a surface.

Thus making the boundaries between virtual reality and reality beginning to cross. Simple gestures done by a persons fingers and thumbs can be used to create a picture frame that tells a camera camera to snap a photo, which is saved to a mobile phone. That the person can
project on to a wall as just one of the functions that this new device.

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