Microsoft's HoloDesk prototype is a Trekkie's dream

While we've been toying around with motion controls and touch screens, the lab whizzes at Microsoft Research have been developing the next, next big things in interactive entertainment. In this, their latest futuristic tech  demo, the group shows off a prototype of an interactive 3D HoloDesk; a technology which could very well be the next step in holographic gaming and/or adult entertainment.

The HoloDesk works by super-imposing images over a clear viewing window and tracking hand movements via the Kinect, thereby giving users the illusion of playing with three dimensional objects. Explaining the more sciencey bits, Microsoft writes:

“A virtual image of a 3D scene is rendered through a half silvered mirror and spatially aligned with the real-world for the viewer.
 Users easily reach into an interaction volume displaying the virtual image. This allows the user to literally get their hands
into the virtual display. A novel real-time algorithm for rep-
resenting hands and other physical objects, which are sensed by the Kinect inside this volume, allows physically realistic
interaction between real and virtual 3D objects.”

This is one of the latest innovations brewing at Microsoft Research. Earlier this year, we took at a look at how Steerable Multiview Displays may change the way we use split-screen gaming. Check out many more potentially mind blowing technologies at the Microsoft Research website.

Oct 24, 2011


  • 4fromK - October 25, 2011 4:20 a.m.

    without some sort of force feedback, this is useless.... we really, really need someone to get cracking on a jack into the CNS
  • AleeR - October 24, 2011 1:26 p.m.

    Kinda cool, but call me when we're bending light with force fields.
  • CH3BURASHKA - October 24, 2011 1:05 p.m.

    It's technically "cool", but if it's not tangible, leave it at the lab. However, I don't think this as is is meant to be a consumer product; I imagine prototyping would be much cooler with this.
  • inkyspot - October 24, 2011 11:42 a.m.

    I feel like I am watching the beginnings of something that will be normal (In a way more advance way) in the future of some time. I hope they continue to push the limits of this.
  • Spybreak8 - October 24, 2011 11:36 a.m.

    Yeah I saw that, could have many implications.
  • NullG7 - October 24, 2011 11:34 a.m.

    Cool Now all you need is the full VR sims. Mr. Data give me the statistics...
  • ScrEAMaPiLLar - October 24, 2011 11:11 a.m.

    Cool, but will it be productive?

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