Google Glass, meet i-Air, the all new virtual reality styled goggles with a Minority Report type heads up display. So that’s a lot to take in but so is this tech. Developed by a Taiwanese non-profit R&D organization, the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), these goggles offer users floating displays that they can interact with using their fingers and various gestures. This technology is being developed for an array of devices, including PCs, wearable computers and mobile devices. The idea is to use this kind of ‘floating-in-air’ display for a variety of profiles like surgeries and other set ups that will allow users to work with hands-free input.
The glasses use whats called DDDR or Defined Distance with Defined Range camera technology that gives you the feel that there’s a floating display in front of you. In essence its virtual interaction between users and other computers. The technology is designed so as to never inhibit users from interacting with the real world when required. Golden Tiao, deputy general director of ITRI’s Electronics and Optoelectronics Research Laboratories said “i-Air Touch creates new possibilities for wearable and mobile computing by freeing users from the distraction of locating and touching keys on a physical input device for hands-free computing and improving security over voice commands.”
i-Air Technology will be patented to manufacturers who would able to find the best use for it, medical services, complex constructions, possibly even remote control operations that require interactions with virtual environments. The DDDR camera is designed to be battery efficient. Using phase and color-coded lenses the camera is able to determine just how far to place the display away from it. It’s been predetermined at a distance of 11 and 12.5 inches away from the camera. The camera is only activated when it your fingertips are within input range and shuts off automatically when they’re not. As it is, the displays are transparent so it won’t exactly get in your way but suffice to say, operation while walking or driving is not advisable. Check out the video after the jump.
While it might look rather odd to others watching you wave your hands in the air like you just don’t care, you could be accessing web pages, watching videos and doing more. So you’ll look a little silly, so what, it’s the price you pay for high tech gizmos these days. Just don’t expect this to take photos or do as much or as little as Google Glass.
[Via - Computerworld]