Touchscreen Projector

Ubi is a new piece of software that works with a video projector, a Kinect for Windows depth sensor and a PC running Windows 8, to turn any projection surface into a touchscreen. Ubi Interactive runs on a PC that’s supplying the projected video, and monitors the projected image via the linked Kinect. Apparently any projector and any surface (such as a table top) will do, as long as the image is sufficiently bright. When it registers your finger or hand reaching into the frame, Ubi simply mimics that same movement as if it was a finger movement on the corresponding part of the computer’s screen – for example, if you reach in and physically swipe at a specific box that‘s projected onto the wall, Ubi will digitally “swipe” that same box on the computer, causing its projected image to move with your hand. The Kinect also utilizes 3D mapping, which means it can tell when users make a full click or just hovering over the screen. The biggest benefit for this type of technology is cost effectiveness. This application can get rid of the need for an expensive large touchscreen and instead takes advantage of resources already available to create a touchscreen on the wall itself. As computers advance, architecture will be more interactive and we will start to see computers integrated into architecture. This new specie of architecture would be process-oriented drive to create dynamic space. Maybe one day, personal computers will disappear and people will start expecting architecture to be integrated with computers.

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