The Image Fulgurator, brainchild of one Julius von Bismark, is a device that is as cool as it is awesome. It does amazing things amazingly and gets me really excited. Also, it allows a user to photobomb other people's pictures by essentially regurgitating an image onto the photographed object for the split second the photobombee is taking the picture. But I'm getting a little ahead of myself here. So the way a traditional camera works is that light reflected off the object being photographed travels into the lens which projects it onto the film. Bam, a picture. Digital cameras don't have film, but the principle is the same. The Image Fulgurator works the opposite way. You start with a picture and the Fulgurator uses its flash to project the light from the film onto the object being photographed via the lens. Basically a split second projection. An anti-photograph. If a camera sucks an image down onto film, Ghostbusters style, the Fulgurator pukes it back up. Now how does this all tie into photobombing?Read More
Alongside the PocketTouch technology, Microsoft has also been supporting research on something a lot more visual, a lot more flashy, and a lot more versatile: OmniTouch. While mobile technology has been centering around increasing responsive and sleek touchscreens for the past few years, OmniTouch takes things in a bit of a different direction by using a projector to make any flat surface into a "touchscreen."
At the moment, OmniTouch is pretty primitive and requires the user to wear a shoulder-mounted projector not unlike a Predator shoulder-cannon. From its perch up there, the projector aims and displays the touchscreen on various surfaces according to the user's choice and tracks hand movements for input. Not only can it recognize button presses on a hand, wall, or table, but it can also recognize gestures in 3D-space such as holding a display closer and more upright to indicate privacy, or lower to indicate when it is being used publicly.Read More