More potentially useful new technology has been covered by New Scientist’s reporters at the SIGGRAPH computer graphics and animation conference in Los Angeles. In my post last week, I highlighted a multitouch 3D table, and this week it’s a zooming Pixar inspired table lamp. The lamp recognizes its position over the table and zooms into whatever content is below it, using infrared receivers and a small projector, much like PlaceMatters touch technology.
New Scientists also has video of a computer that recognizes its location over a map and provides a 3D image of that area. This could be extremely useful in public settings where users might want to see a 3D version of proposed alternative scenarios. It is also likely to be cheaper and easier to create than the 3D touch table!