SpaceTop 3D Transparent Computer Unveiled at TED

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The SpaceTop 3D that will allow users to reach inside the computer and touch the digital contents has been unveiled during the TED 2013, a report from BBC said. TED fellow Jinha Lee worked on the new technology together with Microsoft.

He said in the same report that the transparent computer will allow users to interact with machines in a way never before tried in technology. And although the technology can be quite pricey, he said that he can still see it being widely used within the next decade.

According to the same BBC report, the new system will comprise of a transparent LED display and built-in cameras. The system will also be able to track the user’s gestures and eye movements.

Lee said that he designed the system because he thinks there is a need to develop the way humans and machines interact. He said that there is a large gap between one’s ideas and the computer’s capabilities. He also said that once the system finally took off, it will allow users to translate the ideas to the digital world.

“If you are working on a document you can pick it up and flip through it like a book,” he told the BBC.


Critics of the System

Although most of those who saw the new system were impressed by its revolutionary features, not everyone was convinced that it’s the future of personal computers.

Christian Brown,  a designer, said in the report that unless computers can feel the texture and details of a material, then it will not be able to compensate with a designer’s ideas.

“The real future of interfaces will take advantage of our natural abilities to tell the difference between textures, to use our hands to do things without looking at them,” he said in the report.

Although there is a much hype with the ability of technologies to mix reality and the virtual world, there are still some concerns on how accurate it would be since technology cannot interpret data and ideas the way people can.

SpaceTop 3D might be the perceived future of technology, but for so many technology experts, it still lacks the ability to interact with humans and interpret their ideas. With so many systems cropping out in the market today, there is a need to discern each one and make sure that we are not being hoodwinked. Although the prospect of touching the insides of a computer can be pretty amazing, it still remains to be seen whether this is something that everyone will get used to and eventually, embrace.

Source: BBC News