The luminous room concept involves using the entire environment surrounding the user as an interface for interaction, both input and display.
John Underkoffler points to the future of UI – [youtube.com]
Minority Report science adviser and inventor John Underkoffler demos g-speak — the real-life version of the film’s eye-popping, tai chi-meets-cyberspace computer interface. Is this how tomorrow’s computers will be controlled?
Luminous Room – [mit.edu]
The I/O Bulb and the Luminous Room are the two central ideas in a project whose goal is the pervasive transformation of architectural space, so that every surface is rendered capable of displaying and collecting visual information.
An I/O Bulb is the conceptual evolution of the ordinary lightbulb: one which not only projects high resolution information but also simultaneously collects live video of the region it’s projecting onto.
A Luminous Room is the structure that results from seeding an enclosed space with a multiplicity of coordinated I/O Bulbs�enough, specifically, so that every location is treated by at least one I/O Bulb.
Minority Report Interface Is Real, Hitting Mainstream Soon (Video) – [singularityhub.com]
Steven Spielberg asked John Underkoffler to help design a futuristic human computer interface for a movie that takes place in the year 2054. Little did Spielberg know that Underkoffler would adapt that concept from Minority Report and develop it into a real system 35 years ahead of schedule. Called g-speak, the system is a ’spatial operating environment’ that allows you to point and gesture to control and move files across multiple displays. It’s absolutely incredible looking. Underkoffler and his fellows at Oblong have already placed several of these systems in branches of the US government and Fortune 500 companies.
Oblong – [oblong.com]
Oblong Industries is the developer of the g-speak spatial operating environment.
The SOE’s combination of gestural i/o, recombinant networking, and real-world pixels brings the first major step in computer interface since 1984; starting today, g-speak will fundamentally change the way people use machines at work, in the living room, in conference rooms, in vehicles. The g-speak platform is a complete application development and execution environment that redresses the dire constriction of human intent imposed by traditional GUIs. Its idiom of spatial immediacy and information responsive to real-world geometry enables a necessary new kind of work: data-intensive, embodied, real-time, predicated on universal human expertise.
LuminAR – [inventinginteractive.com]
The LuminAR Bulb combines a Pico-projector, camera, and wireless computer in a compact form factor. This self-contained system enables users with just-in-time projected information and a gestural user interface, and it can be screwed into standard light fixtures everywhere. The LuminAR Lamp is an articulated robotic arm, designed to interface with the LuminAR Bulb. Both LuminAR form factors dynamically augment their environments with media and information, while seamlessly connecting with laptops, mobile phones, and other electronic devices. LuminAR transforms surfaces and objects into interactive spaces that blend digital media and information with the physical space.