large scale, multi-touch interactive displays

minority_report_input_screen minority-report-interface

Multi-touch control systems, popularized by Apple’s iPhone, and gesture recognition systems, such as the dazzling computer interface that Tom Cruise used in Minority Report, are slowly-but-surely becoming commonplace technology.  And these üeber control technologies are finding their way into architectural applications.

Jeff Han made a big splash at a Ted Talk in 2006 where he publicly showed his work from NYU.  He went on to found Perceptive Pixel, which produces highly refined multi-touch wall interfaces.  Make sure to check out the demo reel on their home page; it is difficult to understand the power and scale of these interactive surfaces through still pictures.

wall1_image

perceptivepixel digcontent_image

perceptivepixel other_image

Gesturetek produces gesture recognition systems for presentation, information and entertainment projects, and has been successful at bringing the technology to a wide commercial base.  They use a variety of input technologies to let people use hand and body motions to control dynamic computer content.

telefonica_lrg3

ivyhotel-lrg1

Interactive bar top installation at San Diego club.

nyc-visitors-center_lrg1

Interactive, multi-touch tabletop surfaces at NYC visitor center.  Check out the video here.

alicefazoolis_lrg2

Interactive table top with “koi pond” software at restaurant.

redrock-eureka_productsolutions

Microsoft has made some commercial headway with its Surface product.  A complete prepackaged table unit, Surface has found some commercial success in hospitality and retail installations.  But Microsoft clearly sees the architectural-scale applications for multi-touch (see my earlier post here).

spec1

whatis

whatis2

Finally, a startup company called Oblong Industries has continued development on the actual Minority Report interface (one of the founders was an adviser to the film).  Whereas the above three suppliers all use direct touch to control 2D surfaces, Oblong adds a true third dimension to their technology by using special gloves or finger pointers on the user’s hands.  Again, it is almost impossible to understand how this interface works from still images; check out the video from their Sundance installation showing how they clip and edit movies in a live, on-the-fly pastiche.

oblong industries, inc._1251812202522

oblong industries, inc. -- web log -- oblong at altitude- sundance 2009_1251812106434

These are the sorts of future technologies that the stale lighting industry won’t even recognize as an innovation opportunity for years.  It leaves a huge, gaping hole:  How do architects incorporate these features into their buildings without having to suffer through a risky, super-expensive science project?

Advertisements

About Brad Koerner

Venture Manager - Luminous Patterns Philips Lighting

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: