Science Fiction and reality blurs with this latest revelation from Microsoft’s Applied Sciences Group. The group has revealed it is working on a 3D desktop that will allow users to interact with the objects in the screen directly.
Using a transparent OLED screen made by Samsung along with Microsoft Kinect sensors, the system creates a virtual desktop that projects images in 3D relative to the viewer’s positioning. The screen also allows the user to type on a virtual keyboard, which is lapped by a keyboard placed underneath the desktop screen.
The really cool part comes when the user interacts with 3D objects as they can simply reach out and flip the virtual objects on the screen. What’s more, the Kinect sensors also track eye and head movement so the images become rendered relative to where your eyes and head are facing providing depth and perspective the the images on the screen. Here is a video to show you how the thing works.