Projection

Wearable projection computer project: Internet ‘sixth sense’

Wearable projection computer project: Internet ‘sixth sense’

A group of MIT students have developed a wearable computer that projects its display onto any nearby surface, and is controlled by hand gestures and voice-recognition.  A prototype was demonstrated at TED this week, capable of projecting a watch face onto the user's wrist after they trace a circle over it, capturing images framed by their fingers, and pulling up information about an individual and projecting it onto them during conversation.

Video demos after the cut

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DIY Fog Screen: video demo

DIY Fog Screen: video demo

Halloween may be over, but Finkbuilt's Steve Lodefink has only just got around to showing off the impressive DIY fog screen he built to befreak the local trick & treaters.  Based on the principle that you can project an image onto a moving wall of fog, Steve's home-made system creates the screen using drinking straws and a fan, and projects an eye animation.

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Microsoft SecondLight Surface adds dual-display to multitouch table

Microsoft SecondLight Surface adds dual-display to multitouch table

Despite only just releasing the SDK for their multitouch Surface table, Microsoft have already updated the system with a second layer of projection functionality.  As well as the current projected display, the new SecondLight Surface is capable of throwing a second image onto any translucent material - for instance a piece of paper - held above the table.  Developed by the company's Cambridge, UK research arm, SecondLight can be used to display, say, an image of a car on the table-top together with a moveable cutaway schematic on a handheld screen held above.

Check out the video demo of SecondLight Surface after the cut

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Runco CineWall In-wall projection system is super pricey

Runco CineWall In-wall projection system is super pricey

I'm all for luxury items, but some things border on ridiculous. And in this bad economy, it's even more disheartening to see things you could never possibly afford. But that won't stop me from writing about it!

In fact, check out the CineWall CW-95HD from Runco. This in-wall projection system utilizes the look of a flat screen TV, with the quality of front projection. It's hard to go wrong with that sort of combination.

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Luminus PhlatLight LEDs set to replace projector bulbs

Luminus PhlatLight LEDs set to replace projector bulbs

It's been a year and a half since we first saw a TV using Luminus Devices' PhlatLight LED back-lighting system, and it's taken that long for the technology to reach brightness levels sufficient for a big-screen picture.  Now, courtesy of some collaboration with Texas Instruments, PhlatLight technology is set for inclusion in a number of high-definition projectors to be released before the end of the year.

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Mitsubishi HC6000 1080p projector: great visuals, quiet & flexible

Mitsubishi HC6000 1080p projector: great visuals, quiet & flexible

If you're serious about home theatre, you've probably skipped past the whole "LCD or plasma?" debate and instead started browsing through projector catalogues.  Sound & Vision have been taking a look at Mitsubishi's HC6000 projector - capable of 1080p high-definition and of taking 24p input and frame-doubling it to luscious 48p - and come away wowed by its impressive visuals and setup flexibility.  Priced at $3,995, the HC6000 isn't exactly a cheap option, but you'd pay a whole lot more for a 92-inch TV.

DIY multitouch rear-projection TV

DIY multitouch rear-projection TV

I can't get enough of these DIY multitouch projects, in fact I'm hoping that the more companies like Microsoft see that there's demand for large-scale, low-cost touchscreen technology, the more likely it is that they'll release products that the less DIY-able among us (myself included) can tackle.  This latest, by Christopher Jette, outwardly resembles a rear-projection TV, but in actual fact it's a purpose-built multitouch displaythat uses the Frustrated Total Internal Reflection system to recognise multiple points of contact.  As with many of the other projects, it relies on a hacked webcam, a standard projector and special software.

Check out the demo videos after the cut

Microsoft TouchWall inexpensive Surface multitouch alternative

Microsoft TouchWall inexpensive Surface multitouch alternative

Making DIY versions of Microsoft's multitouch Surface table seems to be so popular, even Microsoft themselves are getting in on the action.  Somewhat bizarrely, the company has developed another multitouch platform, this time coming in a whole lot cheaper than the $10k Surface.  TouchWall basically relies on three infrared lasers that scan the surface of a plexiglass board, and an infrared camera to register any touch against it; in Microsoft's demo of the system, they used a rear-projector, 4 x 6 foot plexiglass screen, and a basic Vista PC running the software app, Plex.

Check out the video demo of TouchWall after the cut

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