24th December 2012
LuminAR Bulb turns any surface into a touch screen
A new computer being developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology can display interactive images on any surface, just by screwing into a light socket.
The team behind the device – led by student Natan Linder – aims to create "a new form factor for a compact and kinetic projected augmented reality interface."
LuminAR combines a laser pico-projector, camera and wireless computer, with software that can recognise objects and sense when a finger or hand is touching the surface. It also functions as a scanner with built-in wi-fi.
The project was developed through 2010, and demonstrated earlier this year at the CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. The team has now released a video of its design evolution and potential commercial applications: