Each week we scour the internet to find the best stories on technology, digital living and news of note. This week features some futuristic hologram projects and a music poster that does more than just hang on the wall. All that and more in this edition of Mozy’s Technically Speaking.
New Disney Creation Allows People to Feel Objects Made of Nothing but Air
Disney has once again managed to create something so spectacular it boggles the mind. The company has found a way to use air cannons to project hologram-like objects into the air, reports Kyle Vanhemert of Wired. Disney Research in Pittsburgh has created Aireal, a device that lets users feel ghostly objects created purely with puffs of air. With these new cannons, the projected images can not only be touched, but they feel like the actual objects they are representing. The creators of Aireal are exploring a variety of ways for which it might be used. These include incorporating it into large-scale augmented environments, baking it into telepresence gizmos, and even distributing units around living rooms. The ultimate goal, however is to “tear down the boundaries between the physical and digital altogether and to make the entire world interactive.”
Could We Soon Have Full-Sized Holograms in Our Living Rooms?
It may soon be possible to have a conversation with a life size hologram in your very own home. David Szondy of Gizmag writes that the company Provision has created a life-size holographic projector called Holovision. The projector could be unveiled as soon as next year of Provision is successful with its current $950,000 Kickstarter Campaign to fund the development of new technology for the device. The Holovision projector uses what is called aerial imaging to produce 3D images without special glasses. It also has a digital LCD screen and a concave mirror to produce the illusion of a 3D image floating outside the projector. Creepy or cool? You be the judge.
Play the Drums on This Interactive Music Poster
It looks like any ordinary music poster. A flat piece of paper with photos of some drums and “It’s the Beat” written across it. But there’s a catch. With this poster, users can actually create music. According to Mashable the company Novalia has created interactive posters with the hopes of preserving the print medium by turning formerly static objects into usable interfaces. The posters are able to produce up to seven sounds, and owners can either play along to their favorite songs or create their own beats. The key component of the poster is touch sensors that are printed with electrically conductive ink and attached to a circuit board, allowing it to recognize when the drum graphic is touched. There are two versions of the poster: one that connects to the iPhone or iPad via Bluetooth, and a standalone version that transforms the poster’s surface into a speaker.