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Microsoft Lightspace, One Step Closer to Star Trek Holodeck

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Microsoft Research's Andy Wilson and Hrvoje Benko

Andy Wilson and Hrvoje Benko's project at Microsoft Research extends past work by researchers in surface computing and natural user interfaces.

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Microsoft researchers Andy Wilson and Hrvoje Benko have developed LightSpace, a project that uses an array of projectors and depth-sensing cameras to sense human forms and enable users to move two-dimensional digital objects between different surfaces in a room.

View a video of Wilson and Benko explaining their LightSpace research project.

LightSpace is the culmination of various projects aimed at facilitating interaction between the space and the projected content, Benko says. The system behaves similarly to a Microsoft Surface table. However, instead of simulating activity just on the surfaces, LightSpace works in between the interactive surfaces, Benko says.

The researchers envision using LightSpace technology in a way that makes it part of the productive environment in a conference room.

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