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Levitating Computer Interface

Source: Dailytech

 

The interface itself – a floating, bowl-shaped device controlled by a handle the user grabs – is magnetically suspended inside a larger, open-faced main shell. When gripped by a user, it grants a full six dimensions of movement, while responding to the force-feedback output of the computer. A video produced by Carnegie Mellon researchers shows users manipulating a small cube trapped inside another, larger cube: responding appropriately when the small cube collides with the larger cube’s walls, and allowing users to push, pull, twist, and flip the small cube with relative ease. Another video segment shows a different user using two maglev interfaces to manipulate a series of simple geometric objects around a 3D playfield.

 

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