Looking for something to replace the flat screen display that was amazing in your house ten years ago? How about a circular display similar to a snowglobe (crystal ball?) that will display the image you are watching correctly no matter at what angle you view it.
This amazing student project from Queens University combines elements that many hackers are familiar with, including: Kinect sensors, a 3-D projector, and a giant acrylic sphere. Actually, most people have never worked with a giant acrylic sphere, but they look like fun. Check out the video after the break.
The resulting display is a “pseudo-3D” image in that what you see is not presented in three dimensions, but appears to be. The Kinect tracks a user’s position and adjusts the view accordingly. Additionally, hand gestures can be used to zoom the object in or out, rotate the object, and change the object to something else. If you like this, be sure to check out this “People-tracking orb” using some similar technology.
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