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Beyond the touchscreen: Projecting the future

August 7, 2010 | Chris Payatagool
Lightprojection.jpgImagine a cookie that changes flavour on the spot, or a furry computer display that you stroke when you miss your cat. It might sound like fantasy, but visitors to the SIGGRAPH computer graphics and animation conference in Los Angeles this month have experienced nothing less from the new technologies on display.

Here, New Scientist brings you some of the extraordinary computer displays on show - a preview of how we could interact with computers in the future.

1. One cookie, seven flavors

cookieflavorchanger.jpgPut on this headset and turn a plain cookie into your favourite flavour. Read more










2. Desk lamp turns table top into HD

lamp_hd.jpgPixar-inspired "lamps" could add another dimension to table-top displays. Read more









3. Technology you'll want to stroke

stroke_technology.jpgWhatever you might expect from the latest computer technology, fur is unlikely to be one of them. Read more









4. 3D touchscreens made for you

3d_touchscreens.jpgTwo of today's most popular technologies, 3D imagery and multi-touch screens, are brought together for the first time in this display. Read more







5. Interactive inanimate objects

inanimate object.jpgA modern version of the ancient zoetrope lip-syncs images to a user's speech. Read more









6. Long-lasting images save on power

light_shoes.jpgBucking the trend for ever-faster refresh rates is leading to large displays that that are economical to run. Read more







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