Pioneer has developed a “floating interface” which allows users to manipulate 3D graphics.
Using a 3D lens, the system creates a 3D image from an image that is displayed on a 15inch LCD. Spatial sensors are installed around the projected image. Users can see the 3D image with their naked eyes, no need of any special glasses.) Sensors detects positions of fingers and a specially developed software computes and renders images in real time. Users can thus draw in the air or manipulate windows.
As for visual playback, the system does image processing focusing on lighting effects such as objects’ shadows and contrasts and thereby providing better “psychologica” 3D effects. Also, if users push a window using their fingers, windows are deformed, which the company claims to contribute to realizing a “realistic user interface”.
“fundamental principle (how it works)”
The architecture of the system is simple and would be suitable for
mass production. The company claims that it is easy to create contents for the sytem. They are thinking about applications of the system for museums and events.
The floating interface will be exhibited at the CEATEC JAPAN 2005 that will take place at Makuhari Messe from Oct 4 through 8.