Microsoft has a cutting edge prototype that may soon bring the virtual and physical worlds together and shorten the distance felt between people video chatting from miles apart.
At Microsoft’s TechForum 2012, the company showed Mashable and a handful of other media orgs Illumishare, a system that allows users to share and see physical and digital objects remotely. A Kinect camera captures video of objects on one desk and forwards a projection to another workspace. The far-away person can then see and “move” the objects’ projection.
The technology allows real-time interaction, as each user can watch the other write or place objects on the desk surface.
Two people can also write on the same piece of paper with pens instead of styluses — one person has real paper and the other can write virtually.
Illumishare can make remote collaboration easy during meetings or a homework tutoring session. But all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy — the device can be also used to play cards and board games.
Sasa Junuzovic, a Microsoft researcher, told Next At Microsoft about the challenges encountered while creating Illumishare:
“With the camera constantly capturing what’s on your surface, and projecting, how do you ensure it doesn’t capture what you’re projecting from your surface and re-project it back? That’s where some very smart Microsoft Research thinking comes in.”
Watch those Microsoft researchers demonstrate Illumishare in the video above. Then tell us what you think in the comments below.