Thursday, January 28, 2010

Pictionaire: The desk of the future...

Now that the iPad has been formally announced, let’s take it a step further with this iDesk. Actually, the technology that you see in this picture is called the Pictionaire, and it is under development by Microsoft Research and the University of California, Berkeley. As you can see from image, this 4 x 6 foot table has a camera mounted above it, much like the futuristic hexagonal-type board game. The user has the power to place a physical object on the Pictionaire, and, with a little drag-and-drop gesture, he or she will have a digital copy of that item. The original physical object can be moved, and the digital copy can be traced onto a whiteboard or a sketchpad. The user also has the option of putting a wireless keyboard on the table, and the table can become a display.

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