Matt Muller, Lead Technical Architect
“I spend a lot of time online and in front of my computer, either working or trying to keep up with the fast paced technical and creative worlds, so I really appreciate when someone or something breaks my thoughts away from the desktop. It inspires and reminds me to think ‘outside the box’. Here are four real world innovative engaging experiences which have inspired me recently. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.”
Google Liquid Galaxy
The concept here is Google Earth split over a panorama of eight LCD screens. Users navigate using a Space Navigator device http://bit.ly/space-nav to fly around the earth, dive through the ocean or gaze at the stars.
Images are projected using holographic technology. To augment this, ultrasounds are then sent so the hand can actually ‘feel’ the impact. Experiments have shown that the ultrasounds can disrupt things from a distance and, if focused properly, they can create a sense of touch. At the end of the video is a hand underneath some raindrops, and it can apparently ‘feel’ them.
There are a number of videos on YouTube showing projection onto facades. This particular projection stands out as the projections seem to interact with the building design and architecture.
Audi Car Configurator on Surface
Microsoft Surface has been around for a few years but has only recently been released commercially. Surface supports up to eight simultaneous users from all angles with 32 multi touch points. This is a whole new paradigm on design and interaction. Although there are many cool applications on Surface, I think Razorfish have done amazing work here with the experience and specifically the interface. This project has been ported over to Windows 7 recently which supports multi touch.