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Microsoft Showcases New Kinect Holodesk Tech

Posted on October 24, 2011 AT 06:05am

THE BUZZ: Microsoft Research has decided to share another one of its Kinect experiments known as the Holodesk.

The Holodesk uses a projector, Kinect and a beam splitter to create the illusion that you are manipulating objects below the glass. Microsoft said the following about the tech:

“HoloDesk is a novel interactive system combining an optical see through display and Kinect camera to create the illusion that users are directly interacting with 3D graphics. A virtual image of a 3D scene is rendered through a half silvered mirror and spatially aligned with the real-world for the viewer.

“Users easily reach into an interaction volume displaying the virtual image. This allows the user to literally get their hands into the virtual display. A novel real-time algorithm for representing hands and other physical objects, which are sensed by the Kinect inside this volume, allows physically realistic interaction between real and virtual 3D objects.”

EGM’s TAKE: Kinect can really do some cool things, but how long will it be before we get to try them out.

What do you think of the Holodesk? Leave your thoughts below.

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