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Sony’s Prototype Projector Turns Your Tabletop Into a Touchscreen

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Sony’s Future Lab is a R&D group shown this amazing vision here at SXSW in Austin this week is a projector that turns any flat surface into a screen for light to play on.

The “Interactive Tabletop” concept uses depth sensors and motion tracking to know when objects are placed on the table and even bring storybooks to life.

Sony's Prototype Projector

Sony programmed its prototype to recognize a copy of Lewis Carroll classic Alice in Wonderland. When the company’s representative opens the book, it springs to life with animations that can be dragged off the page and then used to interact with a nearby physical objects like a teacup or deck of playing cards. The tabletop also responds to any finger press by tracking the direction of your hand, while hovering your fingers over any portion of the surface highlights the grid of light the projector uses to monitor your movements.

Sony is stressing that Future Lab projects are only prototypes, so it’s unclear when we may see this make its way to classrooms or in the form of a consumer product. However, chances are something this cool will leave the lab at some point.


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