Russian startup projecting interactive visuals on man-made fog

November 23, 2011 by Dave Haynes

This seems to be cool interactive display day around the armed compound.

The latest is word of a Russian start-up that is doing smaller, interactive variations on the fog screen thing a Finnish company debuted a few years ago.

This company, called Displair, projects images on a steady stream of cold fog to make visuals appear from nothing, and uses infrared readers to respond to gestures.

Reports Tech Crunch:

Unlike oversized body movements which Microsoft Kinect analyze and process using motion camera and infrared depth sensors, Displair solves a bigger challenge of detecting and interpreting finer movements of hands.

Yet Displair’s award-winning technology, developed in a student dormitory, has only 0.2 seconds lag time between gesture and computer reaction, compared to 0.1 second lag time of Kinect for Xbox 360, using up to 1500 points in its multi-touch screen system with 1 cm accuracy.

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The founder and CEO of Displair Maxim Kamanin, the TechCrunch post continues, believes that there are applications in advertisement and entertainment industry. For example, Russian Alma Group will use the technology in psychotherapy treatments, while  Medical Group plans to set up an interactive terminal for its reception.

When manufactured in large quantities, the device may cost between $4000 and $30 000. The company is capable of producing 40 to 140-inch screens, but it is currently looking for investors to launch commercial production.

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