An Interface Powered By An Antigravity Ball [Video]
Okay, this definitely blew me away even though I don’t think we will see something like this being produced for the consumer market anytime soon.
So, what you have is a metal ball. A metal ball that levitates. In midair.
You can move the ball around however you want and it will stay in place which might not seem all that useful but the MIT Media Labs crew have managed to work this floating metal ball t hat you can move around into an interface.
The interfaces lets you and you computer communicate through the manipulation of physical objects.
The floating part of the metal ball is handled by powerful magnetic fields which are controlled by a computer coupled with an optical tracking system as well as a projector which are used to move the metal ball around – or hang in midair.
It’s called ZeroN and Jinha Lee from the MIT Media Labs gives a bit of a walkthrough of the possibilities.