Microsoft Kinect Becomes a Wearable Multitouch Projector – and Other Great Innovations
Microsoft Kinect certainly has been going places. Started as a mere motion controller for the company’s Xbox 360 gaming system, the device’s appeal has proven to be too much to resist for hobbyists, programmers, and tinkerers alike. Since then, we have seen the Kinect being used for all sorts of inventive if slightly wacky projects. The latest Kinect hack, created by Microsoft’s own Hrvoje Benko, is one that you can wear. Prepare to feast your eyes on the Wearable Multitouch Projector.
The demonstration may look like an unedited scene taken straight out of a Sci-Fi movie, and it definitely won’t get you a date on a Friday night. The basic idea of is to wear a special mount that places a projector and a Kinect camera right above your shoulder, which allows you to project onto any surface. But here’s the twist, you can also interact with the projected image by using your arms and hands.
In the video above, we have some great research out of Microsoft that shows that touchscreens with virtually no lag are on the horizon. 100 milliseconds? Please fool! We need that down to 1 millisecond!
Like other masterpieces that took years to build and perfected, this is but a taste of what the final product would look like and could bring. Wearing it now won’t help you make friends, but who needs those anyway?
On the subject of innovation, the Android camp isn’t doing too shabby in infiltrating itself into all sorts of future home appliances and electronics, which include watches, smart glasses, fridge, washing machine and cars. We have also compiled a list of innovative things that we expect to see on Android smartphones and tablets. But if all you ever really wanted was a cool-looking projector that doubles as a smartphone, then the Samsung Galaxy Beam has got your back. The Jetsons would’ve approved.
Significant advances in projector technology are occurring as we speak, with hot shot technological analyst firms like Gartner saying they are going to be bundled into 100’s of millions of devices as early as 2015 and beyond. Could you ever see yourself actually interacting with a holographic / projected multi-touch interface?