November 7, 2013
AquaTop Display turns a mundane bathtub into immersive entertainment systemby Sayan Chakravarty
This amazing piece of innovation called the ‘AquaTop Display’ can turn a mundane bathtub into a super cool immersive touchscreen display. Developed by a group of researchers from Koike Laboratory at Tokyo’s University of Electro-Communications, this system uses a Kinect, a projector, pair of waterproof speakers, a laptop and half a year of coding to create a unique entertainment hub. The display is projected onto a water surface which is mixed with bath salts and a Kinect is used to detect movement and interaction. The system recognizes movement of individual fingers sticking out to of the bath by 1.4 cm or more as well as interactions from above the surface of the water.
Various hand gestures can be pre-set to perform different functions. Objects displayed on the surface of the water can be moved using a finger or can be picked up by scooping water into hand and relocated it. Though the system is very crude in its current prototype form, but it can be refined to find commercial uses. It can easily be used as a brilliant platform to build immersive gaming system. Check out the video posted by the team of researchers.
[Via – Diginfo]