What Manor of Sorcery be this?
Oh hello there, welcome to the future, please make yourself at home. all of our food now comes in bite size cube form, hover boards are a thing now and everyone is wearing silver clothing, with shoes that lace them selves. Why yes the future is a marvellous place where all the conveniences of the modern man are made even more convenient.
You will have to forgive me for assuming we were in the future, I just have been so blown away by this “dynamic shape display” through use of actuators and a camera that senses you movements in 3D, which is then used by a computer to move the actuators in accordance with your movements live.
What you have is a remote presence system that allows you to interact in a physical space through this display across a great distance, you could hold someones hand if you like, albeit in a very cold cubic form. Created by Hiroshi Ishii from MIT Media group, The company has previously played with similar displays utilising geo spatial data, which basically allows you to navigate a space such as a mountain range and the display will form the varying gradients of the mountainous area. What the new inform display does is really taking that concept and making it live.
Its just such an incredible technology to witness, Just like the iPhone was ahead of its time, this appears to be further ahead again. The applications for such a device could be profound, I can foresee medical uses, expeditions, interactive advertising. For remote presence systems such as this its only the beginning.