Microsoft Introduces Augmented Reality System "MirageTable"
May 10, 2012 6:14 PM
comment(s) - last by
Microsoft's new MirageTable could be a lot like Star Trek's holodeck, which is a simulated reality facility on starships and starbases
A potential use for MirageTable includes new ways to play video games
Microsoft has created an augmented reality system called MirageTable that allows people share a 3D workspace despite being in two separate locations.
MirageTable consists of a curved, white piece of plastic that sits in front of the person using it. A 3D video projector, which is an Acer H5360, beams images onto the plastic while a
depth camera sensor tracks the movements of each person and object at each end. The entire system is powered by two computers connected by a network.
The users are also required to wear shutter glasses (NVIDIA 3D Vision) while using MirageTable so that they can see the image being projected in 3D.
"In our system, the user can hold a virtual object, move it, or knock it down, since all virtual and real objects participate in a
real-world physics simulation
," said the Microsoft research team. "The unique benefit of this set-up is that two users share not only the 3D image of each other, but also the tabletop task space in front of them."
The researchers have already demonstrated MirageTable in a video online, where two people are in different locations, but use MirageTable to build a design out of blocks with one another.
While MirageTable looks promising, there are still a few bugs to work out. For instance, the system can only capture the front-side of objects, which leads to gaps. It also only allows people to scoop objects from underneath to hold them.
"Simulating realistic grasping behaviours given depth camera input remains an open research problem," said the Microsoft research team. "While we are still very far from an implementation of a working version of Star Trek's Holodeck, MirageTable shows the potential of the projector/depth camera system to simulate such scenarios."
A potential use for MirageTable includes new ways to play video games.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
RE: Nerd Sense is Tingling
5/11/2012 4:47:27 AM
Advanced robotics will allow gloves or power suits to restrict movement of limbs and fingers and perhaps provide haptic texture feedback on finger tips. But that's a long way off.
RE: Nerd Sense is Tingling
5/11/2012 6:10:43 AM
I don't think he cares about his finger tips.
"There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere." -- Isaac Asimov
Microsoft Store Officially Posts $99 Xbox 360/Kinect Offer w/ 2-Year Service
May 7, 2012, 3:22 PM
New Augmented Reality Contact Lenses/Eyeglasses Offer Entertainment, Help Soldiers
February 2, 2012, 2:40 PM
Surface 2 LTE Tipped for AT&T, Power Cover Available for Pre-order
March 12, 2014, 9:15 AM
HTC One Leaks: LED Smart Cover, Carrier Models, Google Play Ed.
March 11, 2014, 5:30 PM
New HTC One Camera Details Revealed via Leaked Ad
March 11, 2014, 9:20 AM
India Could Rock Google With Its Biggest Antitrust Fine Yet -- $5B USD
March 10, 2014, 8:12 PM
Apple Releases iOS 7.1, The First Major Update to Its "Rethought" Mobile OS
March 10, 2014, 1:52 PM
BlackBerry CEO Jokes that iPhone Users are "Wall Huggers"
March 10, 2014, 12:20 PM
Most Popular Articles
Bitcoin King Pt. II: Mt. Gox's Dictator Karpelès Proves Tragically Flawed
March 7, 2014, 1:12 PM
Bitcoin King: Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpelès' History of Arrests, Firings
March 5, 2014, 9:05 AM
Windows 8.1 Update 1 Leaked Early
March 7, 2014, 9:30 AM
Apple Won't Let UK Sons Unlock Their Deceased Mother's iPad
March 6, 2014, 12:44 PM
Lt. Gen. Davis Says Next Gen USAF Bomber Will "Of Course" Surpass $550M/Unit
March 6, 2014, 9:45 AM
Latest Blog Posts
Tesla vs. BMW: Who Has the Safer EV?
Feb 1, 2014, 2:56 PM
Justice Leaks Details of Next HTC One Two Flagship Phone
Dec 5, 2013, 4:04 PM
Global Cyber Espionage Concerns Reveal Growing Cyber Armies
Nov 29, 2013, 11:04 AM
Is The Period Becoming an Expression of Anger?
Nov 26, 2013, 2:02 PM
NSA and Congress -- You Will Never Kill the Constitution, It's an Idea
Nov 10, 2013, 2:00 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information