Device uses Kinect camera to create illusion of users interfacing with 3D objects

Microsoft Research has created a new ‘HoloDesk’, allowing users to interact with the virtual world.

The video demo of the device (below) shows users playing with juggling balls, moving blocks and interacting with a virtual smartphone.

The technology works through combing an optical see through display and Kinect camera to create the illusion that the user is interacting with the 3D graphics.

The image is the rendered through a half silvered mirror and spatially aligned with the real world for the viewer.

The novel concept is currently in research phase but could provide innovative applications for developers if the technology is fully realised.

HoloDesk - Direct 3D Interactions with a Situated See-Through Display