Tuesday TED Talk: Reach into the computer and grab a pixel


Jinha Lee is a Microsoft Researcher who’s talk on reaching into the computer is pretty stunning. He talks of the the border between our physical world and the digital one getting thinner and thinner, in the case of touchscreens down to a millimeter. Designer and engineer Jinha Lee wants to dissolve it altogether. During his talk, he demonstrates a computer desktop prototype that lets you reach through the screen to manipulate digital objects.

This is one of those talks that you need to watch till the end, around 3:10 seconds things really start getting interesting. They created a spherical magnet that hovers in the air and represents a pixel in 3D space. Things get really crazy as Lee explains how he and his colleagues at MIT Media Lab ‘cancelled gravity’ by combining magnetic levitation and mechanical actuation and sensing technologies that allow them to replay the motion in 3D.

Sit back, enjoy, be amazed by another TED Talk.

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