Microsoft's MirageTable gives videoconferencing an AR boost

AUTHOR: Inavate

Microsoft is pushing the boundaries of videoconferencing with a 3D, Kinect-based interactive solution. MirageTable allows sharing and interaction with real and virtual objects using a Kinect sensor, a curved screen and a 3D projector. Researchers, led by Hrvoje Benko, previewed the solution on the Mircrosoft Research site and recently presented it at the Computer-Human Interaction (CHI) conference in Austin, Texas.

The Kinect sensor records 3D images of the user, which are then displayed on the curved screen using the 3D projector.

Researchers explain that this allows users to make virtual copies of real-world objects and interact with them without the need for gloves or other tracking devices.