Sony's Future Lab Tabletop

Sony's Future Lab Tabletop "Touchscreen"

Sony’s Future Lab have been showcasing their prototype projector that uses depth sensors and motion tracking to make any table “come alive” underneath the fingertips of the viewer.

In the prototype, this novel kind of augmented reality takes a physical copy of Alice in Wonderland as the cue for further interaction with the story.

When the book is opened, the user can select and move illustrations and text, making them interact with other objects on the table.

The projector recognises finger presses by following the movements of your hands. The result lies somewhere between the effect of interactive whiteboards and touchscreens, and the promise of AR’s Magic Leap and Microsoft HoloLens.

Although this is still in the prototype phase, it’s easy to see how this could be a great educational tool for making textbooks come to life and turning traditional object-based content into interactive lessons. 

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