inFORM – Interacting With a Dynamic Shape Display

inFORM is a Dynamic Shape Display that can render 3D content physically, so users can interact with digital information in a tangible way. inFORM can also interact with the physical world around it, for example moving objects on the table’s surface. Remote participants in a video conference can be displayed physically, allowing for a strong sense of presence and the ability to interact physically at a distance. inFORM is a step toward our vision of Radical Atoms:

A Liquid Crystal based Contact Lens Display

Switching of a contact lens shaped display. The contact lens is still transparent but is able to modulate the transmitted light using LCD technology. Direct applications could be medical, as an artificial iris, or cosmetic, as an iris with tunable color, or it just could serve as a gimmick. The dollar sign is a reference to the many cartoons featuring people/figures with dollars in their eyes :)

When worn, the image would only be visible to bystanders, since the eye cannot focus on objects in such a close proximity. Research is currently being performed to solve the focusing problem and to see whether an embedded contact lens display that can be seen by the lens wearer is feasible.

For more information, contact me using the email address mentioned in the video.

All work was performed in the Centre for Microsystems Technology, Ghent University, Belgium.

Music: Warpfish by Warakie

Holodome – The worlds first commercial volumetric display

The Holodome is a swept surface volumetric display that has been developed over the last 4 years by Gavin Smith and Will Tamblyn in Adelaide, South Australia. Please visit our new open source community for a full overview of this exciting new technology, and help support the development of the final product at

Interactive Displays: Telepresence using Wedge Technology

Telepresence using Wedge Technology: Glassless 3-D display with a correct camera pose and view pose for a live view-dependent 3D Window Telepresence experience.

Find out more about Microsoft Research projects.

PixelPhones: a huge display made with smartphones

PixelPhones is this crazy project where I turn each phone in the audience into pixels in a large display. It runs in your phone browser so you don’t need to install an app.


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Vermeer Interactive Display

Vermeer is a novel interactive 360° viewable display suitable for a tabletop form factor from Microsoft Research Cambridge.  It provides viewpoint corrected stereoscopic 3D graphics to simultaneous users 360° around the display, without the need for eyewear or other user instrumentation. In contrast to other systems, Vermeer allows users for the first time, to reach into and directly touch 3D objects inside a display volume. It also enables simultaneous users 360° viewing of the 3D object.  Inherently other 360° systems restrict interactions to outside the display volume behind a protective glass or plastic dome.