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MITs Recompose: A 3D Touch Display


Imagine using the same touch gestures that you use on your tablet and phone for manipulating actual objects and surfaces. Matthew BlackshawAnthony DeVincenziDávid LakatosDaniel Leithinger, and Hiroshi Ishii over at MIT have developed a 3D touch display that manipulates an actual surface.

Recompose is a new system for manipulation of an actuated surface. By collectively utilizing the body as a tool for direct manipulation alongside gestural input for functional manipulation, we show how a user is afforded unprecedented control over an actuated surface. We describe a number of interaction techniques exploring the shared space of direct and gestural input, demonstrating how their combined use can greatly enhance creation and manipulation beyond unaided human capability. – MIT Recompose

Basically, this totally awesome new technology combines direct manipulation of a surface with gestural input from a human body for unprecedented control over an actuated (real life) surface. The video below shows the system manipulating a series of pins. The gestures recognized are selection, actuation and translation, rotation, scale.


Recompose from Matthew Blackshaw on Vimeo.

Recompose from Matthew Blackshaw on Vimeo.

The real questions is:  How/will this technology make an appearance in our everyday lives? I, for one, definitely hope so, but for the life of me can’t seam to imagine any real world application. Maybe you can. Let me know in the comments how much smarter you are than myself.

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