Watch MIT’s inFORM 3D Display Render Physical Objects Using Xbox Kinect
Tell your parents: your Xbox addiction is how you'll get into MIT.
MIT’s new inFORM 3D display recreates physical objects and motion with a grid of pins that position themselves at various heights to render objects. Basically, it works like one of those pin art toys you used to mash your face into to creep people out, but with the aid of 3D cameras, it’s capable of much more.
The main draw of the inFORM display is that the pins can be controlled remotely to take any shape, and with 3D cameras, they’re capable of mimicking the shape and movement of a real object. In fact, if you look closely, they’re actually using an Xbox Kinect camera to capture their 3D objects.
They’re imagining all kinds of uses for it from viewing topography and architecture to rendering data from medical scans. It’s also great for education, as it can display a physical representation of mathematical concepts, and you can touch the pins directly to interact with the data.
Of course, it’s just a proof of concept at this point, and the pins would probably have to be smaller and closer together for practical applications, but it’s pretty promising. We’re one step closer to the weird metal-viewscreen-Braniac stuff from Man of Steel.
(via The Verge and Tangible Media Group, image via MIT Media Lab and Heather Katsoulis)
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