Pictionaire Table Instantly Makes Digital Copies Of Physical Objects

Developed by Microsoft and University of California Berkeley, the Pictionaire table uses overhead cameras to make digital copies of physical objects, allowing you to manipulate real stuff with all the intuitive, touchy-feely goodness you've come to expect of touchscreen tables.

The table, an adapted version of Microsoft Surface, is nearly 1.8m long and designed to bring collaboration to touchscreen tables, just like Pictionary brought collaboration to drawing, I guess?

Regardless of the silly name, the concept is a very cool one. A DSLR hanging overhead recognises objects placed on the table by their size and shape. It then photographs that object and feeds that digital copy onto the table, where it can be resized, sorted and spun around intuitively with your fingers.

Pictionaire still looks a little rough around the edges, but by rolling the ability to scan and copy physical objects into touchscreen tables, it brings Microsoft Surface technology in touch with the real world. [New Scientist via Slash Gear]

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