MicroVision’s PicoP technology is enabling Nathan Linder of MIT Media Lab to transform any surface into an interactive computer display. Nathan is a graduate student leading the LuminAR project, a research focused on the concept of augmented reality, and he has designed a device that combines a camera, a digital projector and a wireless node with the objective of building a computer form factor that is neither screen-centric nor keyboard-based. With LuminAR, any surface can be turned into a touch-screen interface.
Nathan’s invention has won him this year’s Tony Stark Challenge where he was awarded $15,000 by Audi of America to fund his research. So far, he has built six LuminAR prototypes using pico projectors from Microvision; one was shown at the National Retail Federation Convention earlier this year, as part of Intel’s “Connected Store” concept display.