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.
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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.
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