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Desk furniture digitised by MIT research team
The LuminAR project has been conducted for a couple of years by Natan Linder a member of the Fluid Interfaces Group at the MIT Media Lab. It re-invents the traditional incandescent bulb and desk lamp, and turns them into the tools to create a digital work surface.The LuminAR bulb package incorporates a Pico-project, camera and wireless computer in a small form factor and can be screwed into standard light fixtures. There is also a robotic desk lamp to go with it.FULL STORY...
MIT uses Kinect for real-time mapping in rescue applications
So far the Kinect has allowed you to be a Jedi, participate in video conferences and explore a virtual Nissan car, but now the geniuses at MIT have turned it to a much less frivolous purpose – real time mapping of environments to aid search and rescue operations. Combining Kinect with a laser range finder and a laptop has led to the creation of the SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping) device, thanks to funding from the US Air Force and Office of Naval Research.FULL STORY...
Layered display solution brings glasses-free 3D closer
Researchers from MIT will demonstrate a new method for creating glasses-free 3D displays when they present a paper at Siggraph later this summer. The new proposal uses either three separate layers of LCDs with a single backlight, or two LCDs with lenses between them to refract light left and right. The three layer solution has a viewing angle of around 20 degrees, whilst the two layer solution improves that to 50 degrees. Watch the video for a demonstration! FULL STORY...
Camera uses lasers to see around corners
Researchers at MIT have created a camera system that allows the creation of a 3D model of an object hidden from line of site of the camera. The solution relies on lasers being bounced off nearby surfaces onto the object to create a reconstructed computer model accurate to within one tenth of an inch. Watch this video from the USA Today website to see how it works!FULL STORY...