Microsoft Research is famous for showcasing and bringing new ideas to life. This time, they have shown three technology concepts that can make anyone wow. Two of the three shown videos were using the use of Kinect. The projects include a 3D desktop concept, the IllumiShare remote sharing system, and the Holoflector augmented reality mirror.
The Kinect-integrated 3D desktop involves a transparent folding display where one of the display can take form of a keyboard for you. Objects and graphics on the screen appear in a virtual 3-dimensional space in which your hands can virtually manipulate them. The system will monitor your eye movement to make the picture position for you.
The IllumiShare is a virtual workspace system that actually consists of both a camera and projector to simultaneously capture and project video.
The Holoflector features a transparent mirror that sits in front of an LCD screen and shows their reflections as well as any virtual elements on the screen behind the mirror. Here is where Kinect’s sensors and motion capture capabilities play a role in displaying virtual reality elements combined with physical reality.
These concepts definitely look cool but, to see these concepts getting implemented in games, education, and business may take years or they never will.