Researchers at the Bristol Interaction and Graphics lab in England are pioneering several exciting technologies that are designed to include as much of the environment around us as a way to interact with computers.
The most playful are smoke-filled bubbles, called SensaBubbles, that are generated each time a user receives an email. The bubbles can also display a projected image, and when they are burst release a particular scent as an added source of notification.
Another intriguing method for communicating with your computer is called UltraHaptics, a device that transmits waves of ultrasound against your skin to, for example, allow you to feel the computer’s cursor as you move it about on the screen.
Perhaps the most exciting experimental computer interface is the MisTable, a tabletop system that projects images, objects, and screens against controlled walls of fog. The displays projected against these streams of fog can then be manipulated using your hands and fingers.
No doubt, this is a company developing a range of innovative computer interfaces that will radically change the way we interact with our electronic devices.
The following is an overview of the three interface methods courtesy of The Engineer:
(All featured images taken from the company’s product pages)