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Computers have pretty much stayed the same since the visual user interface was introduced. It was a huge success when it was first released, and we’re still using upgraded versions of it today. But is there really no other concept of interacting with our computers than what we are using today? I mean, the keyboard and the mouse (and of course the WYSIWYG user interface) is good and all, but maybe a transparent computer could replace our now dated ways of interacting with computers.

We have seen conceptual prototypes of transparent displays at conventions before, but not as a complete interaction solution. This transparent computer (and I don’t mean the actual computer here) is a pretty neat project that if further developed could come to change how we interact with computers in general. The system, dubbed the SpaceTop 3D Desktop Computer, works in several dimensions at once. Its purpose is to give the user new ways to manipulate, navigate and interact with what’s on the screen.

With cameras located above the computer itself, it gives the user a holographic view that adapts to the user’s point of view, making the screen almost entirely transparent. The true touch and manipulation of the objects on the transparent computer makes it super easy to inspect and change your point of view. It also makes it easy to switch from project to project. The system could of course become faster, but as a prototype, it makes the project quite interesting for future innovation when it comes to how we’ll navigate on the screen itself.

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The project was developed by Jinha Lee, an interaction researcher and PhD candidate at MIT, and it has drummed up quite a buzz on the Internet. With micro pullies and resistance simulation, this could become the first true touch transparent computer which enables free 3D holographic interaction. Whether this concept will become a popular way to interact with a computer is of course up to users. I am blown away by its unique and quite impressive approach to interact with what’s on the screen.

Jinha Lee’s Transparent Computer Prototype Interface

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Author: Richard Darell

Richard Darell is the founder and CEO of Bit Rebels, a multifaceted online news outlet that reports daily on the latest developments in technology, social media, design and everything geek. Today this media entity welcomes more than 2.5 million unique visitors per month and is considered the go to place for people in constant motion. As an Internet entrepreneur, he is dedicated to constantly trying to develop new ways to bring content faster and closer to the end user in a more streamlined way. His excitement for statistics has allowed him to further develop systems that continuously produce accurate and fast-paced analytics to better optimize the approach by which Bit Rebels presents news and content. His graphic design background has proven to be an important tool when designing new systems and features for Bit Rebels since the development of solid and stable code depends entirely on their structure and implemented procedures. Richard currently resides in Stockholm, Sweden and directs the Bit Rebels offices in both Stockholm and Atlanta. You can reach Richard at richard@bitrebels.com

2 Comments

Gian Faye

March 29th, 2013

Now I can say that I like where we are heading. I’ve always been a fan of holograms. I think this technology would be fit with Google glasses, to get rid of the screen.

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Suzan Tisdale

April 9th, 2013

I’d feel like Iron Man with one of these! Cool beans!

Suzan

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