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Microsoft Research Shows Transparent 3D OLED With Kinect

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Microsoft researchers have developed a 3D display technology that creates a virtual room with that can be controlled with hand movements via Kinect integration.

The foundation of Microsoft's interactive display is a transparent 3D OLED supplied by Samsung. Other than traditional Kinect interactions, however, the display creates a 3D scenario behind the screen. The user reaches to the back of the screen to interact with the shown objects. This may not be the most convenient 3D technology and reminiscent of an environment similar to a biology research lab, but it is the most impressive demonstration of a transparent OLED we have seen to date.

To achieve a naked eye 3D effect, the technology directs the light emitted by the two stereo images to the user's left and right eye. Microsoft integrated eye-tracking to compensate for head movements and keeps the 3D effect alive even if the user slightly changes her or his location. There were few technical details, but the demo video shows that the display cannot quite achieve complete transparency and it appears that this technology works only with high contrast objects.

Applied Sciences Group: Interactive Displays: Behind the Screen Overlay Interactions

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    twstd1 , March 12, 2012 4:57 AM
    Wow, was I the only one who noticed that these engineers are like 16? That really made me feel old and slow...
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    thesnappyfingers , March 12, 2012 3:27 AM
    cool but seemingly impractical
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    zerghumper , March 12, 2012 3:28 AM
    Despite the limitations this is still pretty neat. I could see myself using it for all kinds
    of tasks as long as there's little to no lag in the response times.
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    zblade , March 12, 2012 4:55 AM
    might be impractical but it may spawn into something different in the future, like how MP3 plays spawn the iPod, smartphone spawn the iPhone, tablets spawn the iPad and TVs spawn the Apple TV.

    See what I did there.
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    twstd1 , March 12, 2012 4:57 AM
    Wow, was I the only one who noticed that these engineers are like 16? That really made me feel old and slow...
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    SteelCity1981 , March 12, 2012 5:01 AM
    Aretty neat although this maybe not pratical it does open the door to many pratical designs around something like this in the future, like concept cars do for modern cars.
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    JOSHSKORN , March 12, 2012 5:40 AM
    Is it me, or are Toms articles going more and more over my head?? LOL I've got some catching up to do!
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    frostmachine , March 12, 2012 6:18 AM
    cool. I can imagine this integrated into my glasses. Add in augmented reality software, perfect.
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    Hellbound , March 12, 2012 6:19 AM
    The porn industry will make it even more interactive....
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    beetlejuicegr , March 12, 2012 6:26 AM
    haha porn, well it is a very good new implementation of various new techs, i bet the future is the limit!
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    solus ipse , March 12, 2012 7:19 AM
    what kind of sorcery is this?
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    memadmax , March 12, 2012 7:57 AM
    This has little use at home but......

    The possibilities of this thing in CAD/CAM, medical(like DNA string manipulation), etc are endless...

    gg
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    memadmax , March 12, 2012 7:58 AM
    twstd1Wow, was I the only one who noticed that these engineers are like 16? That really made me feel old and slow...


    They are young indeed. But with us old school guys comes experience and the know how of what works good and what doesn't.
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    alidan , March 12, 2012 9:19 AM
    a bad idea all around... useing a monitor like that... see though oleds may be the cool thing right now, but in use they would be crap.

    if you want a mor practical version of this, you need 2 kinects minimum, and a head mount display that can track motion, possibly also have a kinect on it. that way you have a 360 degree orb, you can look around for the window you want, and point to it, or possibly ever look it, it zooms in a bit, and a double blink would mean that is what you select.

    now the 3d motions for gestures, though interesting, are impractical, as a mouse can do it better more acuratly.

    what this could do with several connects, would be something along the lines of making virtual clay in a 3d program... so you can rough out a 3d object,
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    ankhnext , March 12, 2012 10:21 AM
    this device is extremely racist. It excludes all black of the screen.
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    bin1127 , March 12, 2012 11:17 AM
    it reminds me of virtual boy.
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    beardguy , March 12, 2012 12:17 PM
    alidana bad idea all around... useing a monitor like that... see though oleds may be the cool thing right now, but in use they would be crap. if you want a mor practical version of this, you need 2 kinects minimum, and a head mount display that can track motion, possibly also have a kinect on it. that way you have a 360 degree orb, you can look around for the window you want, and point to it, or possibly ever look it, it zooms in a bit, and a double blink would mean that is what you select. now the 3d motions for gestures, though interesting, are impractical, as a mouse can do it better more acuratly. what this could do with several connects, would be something along the lines of making virtual clay in a 3d program... so you can rough out a 3d object,


    No offense, but you knock this idea ... and your solution is to have the user where a head mount and blink to control interactions? That would be annoying after about 2 seconds of use. And your eyes would certainly get sore from constant "double blinking".

    People aren't going to go from a traditional screen to wearing some helmet to use their computer. It'll have to be a subtle transition. I could see this technology slowly evolving computing into something awesome, but it will take some time. This (or something similar) is a logical next step.



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    wopr11 , March 12, 2012 1:33 PM
    Sorry Microsoft, but you are a little late - apple has all that technology implemented in the "new" iPad 2's magical display - and Apple is about to sue you for copying the rectangular shape of your semi-transparent oled display, kinect, the movements of the hands to manipulate objects, and the movements of the eyes when they look at the screen (this last patent is in the process of being approved because apple is having a little trouble owning the patent of a person looking at a display because they were not sure the magical retina display would be ready on the ipad by now) - so apple invented all of this already and more - there
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    poxenium , March 12, 2012 3:46 PM
    Come on, it's impractical to the max. The traditional keyboard and optical mouse are irreplaceable when it comes to productivity. In some applications and simple games a touchscreen is welcome, but anything more complicated will not have success on the market. Maybe if you put an Apple sticker on it ;) 
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    voodoobunny , March 12, 2012 3:56 PM
    Take the transparent OLED, put it into a set of glasses, apply one camera to monitor each eye and a third to monitor the user's hands, and ... instant Head-Up Display!

    *That* would be cool, and it sounds like they have the basic technology to do it now.
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