Today’s post on Smashing Magazine has interesting examples of cutting edge display and user interface technology.
15 Stunning Cutting-Edge Gadgets and Technologies | Monday Inspiration | Smashing Magazine
In this post we present stunning examples of cutting edge technology which is already reality today or will become reality in 2008. Please notice that some videos might not provide you with a concrete idea of what the technology offers, e.g. it’s impossible to display the advantages of 3D-TV using videos produced by a 2D-video-camera.
I particularly liked the “Funky Forest” installation and seeing how the children enjoyed interacting with it.
Funky Forest is an interactive ecosystem where children create trees with their body and then divert the water flowing from the waterfall to the trees to keep them alive. The health of the trees contributes to the overall health of the forest and the types of creatures that inhabit it.
The article also mentions some of the possibilities for using a Nintendo Wiimote to make interesting user interfaces for computers. As well as showing Johnny Chung Lee’s Wiimote experiments it links to a demo by Mike Rouse building on Johnny’s idea of tracking infrared lights on your hands. He has made an interface similar to Microsoft Surface using gloves with infrared lights in them and the wiimote to track them.