It's hard not to love the crazy stuff happening at Microsoft Research
, but it's also hard to imagine when any of it is going to actually start changing the way we interact with our PCs. Surface
was bested by SecondLight
as the coolest tech we can't buy, and now here comes another successor: LightSpace. This gets rid of the expensive table in favor of a (surely not cheap) series of projectors hanging from the ceiling paired to a 3D camera. The camera detects the relative position of things and instructs a projector to apply a Surface-like interface onto any flat surface. From there a user can literally grab any file they like and carry it over to another surface, where it will be displayed. It's all demonstrated quite handily in the video below, and while the system does look a wee
bit rough at the moment, the potential is surely there. Just like it was with SecondLight, and Surface, and Courier...