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Researchers create futuristic interactive 3D display using fog

By Shawn Knight
Apr 12, 2014
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  1. Researchers at the University of Bristol in the UK have developed a unique interactive tabletop surface called the MisTable. It combines a conventional interactive surface with personal screens built using fog and a camera system to monitor movements.

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  2. It is also liable to set fire alarms off.
     
  3. They have something similar to this at Disney's Epcot in the Finding Nemo ride.
     
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  4. VitalyT

    VitalyT TS Evangelist Posts: 1,928   +569

    But what is it for? I can't think of any practical application.

    Looks like a college project for weed smokers like these ones:

     
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  5. TheLastPanda

    TheLastPanda TS Member Posts: 62   +9

    Im a bit confused, because the title says it is a 3d display but it looks like two 2d displays. Each fog screen is only in one plane.
     
  6. VitalyT

    VitalyT TS Evangelist Posts: 1,928   +569

    Only till you start smoking it at the same time, it becomes 4D :)
     
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  7. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,026   +913

    LMAO
     
  8. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,908   +716

    Last edited: Apr 13, 2014
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  9. About as useful as a jalapeƱo tampon
     
  10. gamoniac

    gamoniac TS Enthusiast Posts: 233   +53

    We should cut them some slack. The first calculator was as big as a room and didn't seem practical then. Looking back just 5 years, the biggest OLED screen was only 1.5 inches big.
     
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  11. gamoniac

    gamoniac TS Enthusiast Posts: 233   +53

    That is what I thought initially. The "3D" refers to the use of depth plane (pushing finger into the screen) as an input dimension around 2:24 in the clip, rather than the usual 3D visual effect. I agree that they should come up with a better term to avoid confusion..
     
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  12. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus TS Booster Posts: 183   +39

    Logical extension of 3D lighting/fog art which had a 2 month show on Chapel Street, New Haven just south of the Yale Art & Architecture. That was 1968.

    Need to advance the medium - a gaseous suspensoid which remains in a more constant state which can sense a light x/y/z pointer (the intersection of the light from a pair of laser pointers) used like chopsticks - a thumb pointer and an index finger pointer. (You saw the idea here first... it is now 'prior art' - no freaking patents for simple stuff).
     


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