Augmented reality on the desktop thanks to a ceiling projector

The Desktopography is a device that can transmit virtual and interactive objects on any flat surface. It screws on like a light bulb

A group of American researchers has developed a device that could soon make augmented reality a technology within everyone's reach. It is a kind of ceiling projector that can reflect interactive images on any flat surface and that screws like a light bulb.

All you need to use the device made at the Future Interface Group, a laboratory of Carneige Mellon University, is a simple chandelier. The Desktopography, that's the name of the projector, has a screw-on base. Obviously, the most important features of the instrument made by the team of American scientists are other. The hi-tech device transmits numerous virtual objects, through which, as with a normal touchscreen, the user can interact. And not only that. The projector is also very smart.


The Desktopography is mainly composed of a projector and a depth sensor (a camera). Through these two elements, the contents reflected on the surface move around the desktop and, above all, are able to respond to tactile impulses. The device designed by students at Carneige Mellon University works with various applications. So you can compose, for example, an email directly writing on the surface of a table, or use the calculator. And much more.

Augmented reality for everyone

As mentioned, Desktopography is also smart. If a user covers the interactive image with an object, the device moves the virtual content to a free area. Moreover, the projections are able to adapt to the size of the surface. The most important aspect of the device is convenience. Without using special sensors or visors, users, in fact, can take advantage of augmented reality, which as is known is characterized by transmitting virtual images in the real world, with ease.

For now, the Desktopography is only a prototype and before it reaches the market, according to the estimates of American researchers, will have to spend at least 5 years.

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