Of all future technologies, I am most excited for the massive displays that we can manipulate with wild gestures. I often reference the scenes in Minority Report in which Tom Cruise is hyper-gesticulating, pushing various videos and images around the screen, as my favorite future item.
This year at the Consumer Electronics Show, Serious Wonder Editorial Director, Gray Scott, was able to capture a short video of Displair, a virtual screen displayed on permeable, dry fog.
And it seems like we’re getting closer to the Minority Report touchscreen experience.
The Displair creates a transparent, floating display that people can manipulate via hand movements that are capture with gesture recognition.
In action, the Displair looks magical. Keyboard strikes are registered as if the user were typing on a tangible board, but all he does is poke towards the cloud in front that is displaying a virtual keyboard.
Oddly, the fog-screen is created by water vapor. And the company advertises Displair with certain moisturizing and humidifying benefits, not that these are the reasons why we will purchase Displair.
The touchscreen technology available to us is no longer in the context of glass displays like tablets and smartphones. The gesture recognition that the Displair uses allows the technology to break from the traditional forms and create something completely different. And, if digital information can be displayed in air, will we see displays floating above us on streets and sidewalks? Imagine riding through the subway and being able to check on ride times and schedules by fiddling with the air in front of us.
Photo Credit: Displair
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