Thursday, September 18, 2014

MIT THAW: Direct interaction between Smartphones, screens and electronic devices

MIT researchers with the Tangible Media Group and the Fluid Interface Group have come up with a smartphone system called THAW that allows a smartphone user to seamlessly interact with other computer devices via their screen.

The system is meant to bridge the gap that exists between user devices, transferring files between phones and a desktop computer for example (by placing the phone on the larger screen and dragging icons to the phone) or continuing to play a video game started on a console on a mobile device.

The same system allows for using a smartphone as a peripheral device, moving files on a computer screen for example, or manipulating images.

It's all a demonstration of a larger effort to integrate all the various devices that people are using, team members told the media recently.

Letting users transfer songs, videos or other files without menus or Bluetooth devices, or allowing for uninterrupted activities.

Imagine watching the news on your television in the morning, pressing your phone against the screen, then walking out the door as the news program continues in your hand, that's true integration.

It introduces a new concept level, whereby devices become aware of not just what is being shown on a display device, but what is happening underneath to deliver that imagery.

THAW works by projecting a grid onto an underlying video screen, and then using it to orient itself.

Imagery is brought into the smartphone via its camera, where software takes over, recognizing what is happening and then launching a companion application or software meant to manipulate objects on the underlying device.

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