electronics research

Kinetic Surface 2020

The Kinetic Surface is a mixed-reality computer display that can locate and move real physical objects placed on its surface. It is based on recent proprietary innovations in low-cost electromagnetic actuator technologies.

In the video above, virtual graphical footballers are playing a game with a real miniature football. The virtual players are able to kick the ball in a desired direction - towards the goal (a shot), or towards a fellow player (a pass).
These shooting and passing decisions are made by independent algorithms associated with each virtual footballer.

How it works:
An optical tracking system monitors the position of objects placed onto the surface of the graphical display. Below this graphical display there is a layer of electronic circuitry generating strong digitally-controlled magnetic fields that can roll or slide the objects in the required direction at high speed.

If you would like to learn more about future development plans or about the underlying technologies, please get in contact - see details below.

Andrew has worked in electronics and human-computer interaction research for more than three decades - independently inventing and building various tactile user interfaces, smart objects, synthesisers, actuators, and knowledge management systems. As the inventor of early (i.e. pre-iPhone) multi-touch touchscreen technologies, he acted as an expert witness in the iPhone-related patent dispute between Apple and Samsung.

Andrew previously worked in R&D for Thorn EMI Electronics Ltd, and in academic research at the University of Cambridge, UCL, and London Business School - studying innovation, knowledge mapping, human-computer interaction, and AI.

External Links

Touch cube points to future toys - BBC News

Showcase of UK Digital Creativity - UK Government Digital Catapult


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