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TED 2013: SpaceTop 3D see-through desktop

another random user (2645241) writes | about a year and a half ago


another random user (2645241) writes "TED fellow Jinha Lee has been working on the SpaceTop 3D desktop in collaboration with Microsoft.

Allowing people to interact with machines in the same way they do with solid objects could make computing much more intuitive, he told the BBC. He can see the system coming into general use within a decade.

The system consists of a transparent LED display with built-in cameras, which track the user's gestures and eye movements. The design was inspired by what he sees as a human need to interact with things.

"Spatial memory, where the body intuitively remembers where things are, is a very human skill," he said. Translating this to the digital world will enable people to use computers more easily as well as complete more complex tasks."

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bio_end_io_t (2771123) | about a year and a half ago | (#43027153)

Translating this to the digital world will enable people to use computers more easily as well as complete more complex tasks.

"If you are working on a document you can pick it up and flip through it like a book," he told the BBC.

First, how is physically flipping through the pages of a book faster than hitting the Page Down key? The keyboard is still the fastest way to interact with computers. That's why keyboard shortcuts exist for when the mouse is too slow.

Second, why is flipping through the pages of a book considered a complex task? What do I have to do to navigate to the middle of the document, flip one page at a time? What if I want to delete a comma from the end of every line in the document (if you've dealt with .csv files, you may have run into this). That's why the command line exists for when GUI's are too slow.

Touch screens, kinects, etc, are really only good for doing very simple tasks, slowly. You know the cool screen in Minority Report that everyone wants to make into reality? Ten bucks says it will be coded by some dude using vi.

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