Innovative Tech of the Week: inFORM, Turning Digital Data into Physical Data
We are used to physically interacting with digital data (think xbox kinect and leap motion) but how about digitally interacting with physical elements? Its hard to imagine the exact opposite of everything we do now, but the MIT media lab has come up with inFORM, a way to physically represent digital data. This technology brings them one step closer to their vision of “seamlessly coupling the dual world of bits and atoms by giving physical form to digital information.”
“inFORM is a Dynamic Shape Display that can render 3D content physically, so users can interact with digital information in a tangible way. inFORM can also interact with the physical world around it, for example moving objects on the table’s surface. Remote participants in a video conference can be displayed physically, allowing for a strong sense of presence and the ability to interact physically at a distance.”
This video shows inForm at work as they demonstrate how someone can successfully use technology to physically interact with objects. It reminds us of that old pin art toy that uses metal pins to display the shape of the object underneath- except this is much, much cooler.