At this year’s TED conference, Jinha Lee introduced the SpaceTop, a 3D computer interface reminiscent of the interactive holograms in Marvel’s Ironman. With the SpaceTop, users can grab web pages and files and manipulate them like real-world objects in a 3D space using hand gestures. One camera tracks the user’s hand movements while another tracks their face, and the SpaceTop adjusts the screen projection to match the user’s viewing perspective. While the system will likely make its way to professionals in architectural design and scientific research long before it’s available to consumers, Lee’s dream of “reaching into the digital world” is very much a reality.
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