A while back, we published a concept exploring the notion of projecting computer information into our workspaces—a setup that would allow us to interact with virtual content without necessarily having a computer in front of us. In this concept, ordinary objects could be employed as controls for our ambient computing interface. Published by Fast Company, the project was well received and shared across the web.
So we decided to put some of those theories to test as a working prototype.
Our first exploration with Interactive Light is a version of the vintage air hockey table game. The original game is well known and easy to play, with interactions perfect for testing out the projection we had in mind.
Our prototype rig includes a projector, computer vision, and a computer hidden out of sight. Most of this equipment doesn’t have to be seen to be enjoyed; all you see is the light projected into the space. You play the game with any ordinary object—and the interaction is delightful.