This motion-controlled 3D display makes us feel like we're living in the future

The more movies we see like Iron Man or Minority Report, the more frustrating it is that we haven’t found a way to make digital 3D representations of objects that we can manipulate by swiping at them. Robbie Tilton wants to change that.

By projecting videos onto each of the four sides of an acrylic prism that Tilton constructed himself, he was able to display a 3D image of the Earth created in Three.js that you could view from any side. The prism is propped on top of a computer monitor, which serves as the light source in this temporary arrangement.

3D Display - Re-Imaging (Peppers Ghost) - Using Three.js from Robbie Tilton on Vimeo.

It’s fascinating to look at on its own, but the show begins in earnest when Tilton attaches his Leap Motion gesture controller and begins spinning the 3D hologram of the Earth simply by moving his finger in front of the monitor. Leap Motion’s sizzle reel is pretty convincing as it is, but throw in Tilton’s design and the yet-to-be-released hardware suddenly becomes a necessity.

3D Display - Re-Imaging (Three.js & Leap Motion) from Robbie Tilton on Vimeo.

This project is incredible; not only does it manage to show Tilton’s ingenuity, but it also serves as a reminder of the potential that motion-control systems hold. How long before I can get one of these in my house?

[Robbie Tilton via Gizmodo]

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