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Video Screen in Thin Air

CmdrTaco posted more than 10 years ago | from the help-me-obi-wan-kenobi dept.

Displays 232

Agent Provocateur writes "CNN has a story about inventions in advanced computer displays -- eliminating the screen altogether."Ever since the movie 'Star Wars' came out and there was a distress call from Princess Leia," -- generated in thin air by the robot R2D2 -- "people all over the world have been wanting one of these." While unlikely to replace the desktop computer monitor, so-called walk-through displays could eventually be put to use in product showrooms and museums."

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Thin Air display of goatse.cx demonstrated by GNAA (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6975017)

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And now we resume our usual scheduled programming...

Dear Sir/Madam:

I am Mr. Darl McBride currently serving as the president and chief executive officer of the SCO Group, formerly known as Caldera Systems International, in Lindon, Utah, United States of America. I know this letter might surprise you because we have had no previous communications or business dealings before now.

My associates have recently made claim to computer softwares worth an estimated $1 billion U.S. dollars. I am writing to you in confidence because we urgently require your assistance to obtain these funds.

In the early 1970s the American Telephone and Telegraph corporation developed at great expense the computer operating system software known as UNIX. Unfortunately the laws of my country prohibited them from selling these softwares and so their valuable source codes remained privately held. Under a special arrangement some programmers from the California University of Berkeley did add more codes to this operating system, increasing its value, but not in any way to dilute or disparage our full and rightful ownership of these codes, despite any agreement between American Telephone and Telegraph and the California University of Berkeley, which agreement we deny and disavow.

In the year 1984 a change of regime in my country allowed the American Telephone and Telegraph corporation to make profits from these softwares. In the year 1990 ownership of these softwares was transferred to the corporation UNIX System Laboratories. In the year 1993 this corporation was sold to the corporation Novell. In the year 1994 some employees of Novell formed the corporation Caldera Systems International, which began to distribute an upstart operating system known as Linux. In the year 1995 Novell sold the UNIX software codes to SCO. In the year 2001 occurred a separation of SCO, and the SCO brand name and UNIX codes were acquired by the Caldera Systems International, and in the following year the Caldera Systems International was renamed SCO Group, of which i currently serve as chief executive officer.

My associates and I of the SCO Group are therefore the full and rightful owners of the operating system softwares known as UNIX. Our engineers have discovered that no fewer than seventy (70) lines of our valuable and proprietary source codes have appeared in the upstart operating system Linux. As you can plainly see, this gives us a claim on the millions of lines of valuable software codes which comprise this Linux and which has been sold at great profit to very many business enterprises. Our legal experts have advised us that our contribution to these codes is worth an estimated one (1) billion U.S. dollars.

Unfortunately we are having difficulty extracting our funds from these computer softwares. To this effect i have been given the mandate by my colleagues to contact you and ask for your assistance. We are prepared to sell you a share in this enterprise, which will soon be very profitable, that will grant you the rights to use these valuable softwares in your business enterprise. Unfortunately we are not able at this time to set a price on these rights. Therefore it is our respectful suggestion, that you may be immediately a party to this enterprise, before others accept these lucrative terms, that you send us the number of a banking account where we can withdraw funds of a suitable amount to guarantee your participation in this enterprise. As an alternative you may send us the number and expiration date of your major credit card, or you may send to us a signed check from your banking account payable to "SCO Group" and with the amount left blank for us to conveniently supply.

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Dupe. (1, Informative)

arivanov (12034) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975022)

This has already been posted.

Re:Dupe. (1)

keesh (202812) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975051)

Indeed. I mailed the 'Editor on Duty' a while back, seems they ignore the DP email address. Why do I pay them good money again?

http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=03/08/08/0455 22 2

Re:Dupe. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6975063)

"Why do I pay them good money again?"

Because you are a fucking wanker.

Re:Dupe. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6975201)

Maybe because his trolling style is undefeatable?

Re:Dupe. (3, Funny)

Chuck Chunder (21021) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975119)

Why do I pay them good money again?
Perhaps you too are a dupe [reference.com] !
;)

Re:Dupe. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6975170)

and the dupe's incorrect too. They're making a screen out of thick air.

Re:Dupe. (2, Informative)

da3dAlus (20553) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975269)

Not a dupe. The other article about a floating display used a fog curtain. This one is different, but not by much. Still, RTFA.

Re:Dupe. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6975272)

the io2technology [io2technology.com] element of the story is new, afaik.

Re:Dupe. (2, Informative)

boogy nightmare (207669) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975293)

Are you not confusing this with the weird foggy screne that was on here not long ago ?

S

Similar, but not a dupe (5, Informative)

cmcguffin (156798) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975327)

There are two distinct groups developing and commercializing similar technology.

The previously-posted story [slashdot.org] was about a walk-thru screen developed at Tampere University of Technology, Finland [cs.tut.fi] , demonstrated at SIGGRAPH 2003 [siggraph.org] , which is being commercialized by FogScreen, Inc [fogscreen.com] .

In the current story, the technology was developed at MIT [mit.edu] , demonstrated for the media [technewsworld.com] , and is being commercialized by IO2 Technology" [io2technology.com] .

Both systems appear to use a particle wall or sheet, onto which video is projected. Neither is anywhere close to "holographic," so I'm afraid those late-night session "learning Vulcan" with Virtual T'Pol are still a few years off.

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Your days are numbered GNAA scum! (-1, Troll)

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God hates the GNAA and wants you to hate them too! (-1, Troll)

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Re:God hates the GNAA and wants you to hate them t (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6975172)

blackness of, for example, black Africans, is merely one particular combination of inherited factors. This means that these factors themselves, though not in that combination, were originally present in Adam and Eve.

How do we know Adam and Eve were white, asshat?

Re:God hates the GNAA and wants you to hate them t (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6975188)

because God hates niggers

Re:God hates the GNAA and wants you to hate them t (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6975233)

How do we know Adam and Eve were white, asshat?

Duh, everyone in the bible is white. I don't care where they lived or what color they were, they were white.

Dupe? (0)

NetPoser (266960) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975034)

Wasn't there a previous story on this but they used fog or smoke to do the same thing?

Obligatory Star Wars crap (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6975035)

Save us, scientist dorks.

You're our only hope.

Re:Obligatory Star Wars crap (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6975228)

OMFG! Hurricane Isabel is going to kill us all!!! Please save me!!!

Holodeck! (4, Interesting)

Brahmastra (685988) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975036)

Hope this develops ultimately into a holodeck. Playing quake in a holodeck will be a lot more fun

Re:Holodeck! (1, Funny)

pe1rxq (141710) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975125)

Until somebody overrides the safety protocols and you are blasted into the hot fog pool by a fog rocket :)

Jeroen

Re:Holodeck! (1)

superdan2k (135614) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975200)

Yeah, especially if it's truly lethal. Then those of us with combat arms training will have a leg up on you keyboard cowboys. :-)

Re:Holodeck! (0)

Gr33nNight (679837) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975477)

Those of us without girlfriends would put the holodeck to 'other' uses.

fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6975039)

first poop

foist! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6975042)

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Call Jim Kane at Senator Clinton's Buffalo Office (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6975055)

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Re:Call Jim Kane at Senator Clinton's Buffalo Offi (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6975102)

What about ALL the companies/restaurants: McDonalds, KFC to say the least, marketing their products all over the world???

Re:Call Jim Kane at Senator Clinton's Buffalo Offi (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6975265)

It's all part of our secret plan to give Indian programmers obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Next, we're gonna start shipping them some of our surplus lawyer population. BWAHAHAHAHA!

How? (5, Interesting)

grub (11606) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975058)


The machine modifies the air above a video projector

That tantalizing bit of information is all that is said about how it works. Does anyone know if it shoots a thin mist or fog to project the image on? One would imagine so, so using one of these displays in a room with active ventilation may screw up the image as the fog is blown around.

Water vapor (1)

mookoz (217805) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975387)

The technical pages mention a "particulate system", but other articles I've seen mention water vapor. It's the only logical material one can use in a system like this, otherwise you're going to quickly cover the area around the unit with a haze of whatever material you're using.

And yes, it would also make sense that a strong breeeze will interfere with the display although probably not much given the speed of the airstream.

star vars (3, Funny)

userloser (707754) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975065)

"help me 'tech support' you're my only hope..."

Fantasmic! (2, Informative)

inertia@yahoo.com (156602) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975066)

That's like Fantasmic! [wdwig.com] where they project cartoon clips onto a couple fountains. Those aren't 3D, but they're impressive.

Primary use = advertising (4, Insightful)

kaltkalt (620110) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975071)

Prepare to have floating, 3D advertisements everywhere you fucking look.

Re:Primary use = advertising (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6975137)

I work near Times Square so I am use to seeing bright, glowing ads everywhere I look. This couldn't be much harder to ignore.

Re:Primary use = advertising (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6975153)

they are called billboards and they are "floating" nearly eveywhere you fucking look.

Re:Primary use = advertising (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6975431)

Do those even catch your attention? Maybe, maybe not... but 3D floaty displays might work even better.

Re:Primary use = advertising (2, Funny)

Numeric (22250) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975306)

Imagine the uses for advertising in a city's red light district.

Re:Primary use = advertising (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6975314)

That would certainly make you look anywhere fucking.

Re:Primary use = advertising (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6975343)

Hey! John Anderton, could you do with a Guinness right now?"

At least with a screen made out of condensed droplets, there's a chance you could actually get one...

Re:Primary use = advertising (1)

liquidpele (663430) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975385)

Anyone remember from the movie "the sixth day" In the mall? Sure they had huge giant floating ads, but they had fish swimming around in the air above the walkways in the mall too, which was pretty cool.

Yeah, they had to put the fish up there... (1)

AzrealAO (520019) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975452)

to cover up the Canadian Geese. The mall scene as shot in the Eaton's Center in Toronto, though the majority of the movie was shot in and around Vancouver.

Obligatory futurama reference (3, Funny)

msgmonkey (599753) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975416)

Fry: So you're telling me they broadcast commercials into people's dreams?

Leela: Of course.

Fry: But, how is that possible?

Farnsworth: It's very simple. The ad gets into your brain just like this liquid gets into this egg. [He holds up an egg and injects it with liquid. The egg explodes.] Although in reality it's not liquid, but gamma radiation.

Fry: That's awful. It's like brainwashing.

Leela: Didn't you have ads in the 20th century?

Fry: Well sure, but not in our dreams. Only on TV and radio. And in magazines. And movies. And at ball games and on buses and milk cartons and t-shirts and written on the sky. But not in dreams. No siree!

I can see where this is going (5, Interesting)

sixteenraisins (67316) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975074)

If these 3-D "images" can be manipulated by hand, this technology becomes infintely more valuable - after all, some cheesy videogames were using 3-D holo-type displays back in the 80's, but without the hand-manipulation ability.

I can see this being used for training surgeons, bomb squads, etc. - any type of high risk sort of profession where learning on a "screen" you can manipulate with your hands either poses a threat or isn't something you can easily reproduce in situ.

William

Re:I can see where this is going (1, Funny)

TopShelf (92521) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975177)

and just think of what this could do for the beer-goggling scene. Once you get her back home and realize what you've gotten into, just overlay her with the Asia Carerra program and off you go...

Re:I can see where this is going (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6975185)

Awwwww. Where's the pre-pubescent ahole to complain about frame-rates in Quake?
If you don't know what "pre-pubescent" means, this probably means you.

Re:I can see where this is going (1)

73bgt (706638) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975458)

some cheesy videogames were using 3-D holo-type displays back in the 80's

I assume by this you mean those black bowl and projector setups?

They looked really cool, but the games were unplayable. Does anyone know who made those things or how they worked? was it a specialised projector, or could I make one from a bog standard lcd projector + a polished bowl?

on smoke and water (4, Informative)

digitalhermit (113459) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975075)

Years ago I saw a ceremony for a hotel somewhere in Miami. One of the attractions was a fountain that created a virtual screen from mist. The projector then, um, projected the movie onto the mist. From the front and back it looked interesting but it wasn't 3D.

I've also seen some stuff at Disneyworld that created miniature moving holograms. They were maybe 4-5 inches high but looked pretty detailed.

Re:on smoke and water (1)

mantera (685223) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975258)

hehe... you have some interesting sources/inspirations/examples.

Come on man! (-1, Offtopic)

Stonent1 (594886) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975085)

Not only is this a dupe, its a dupe of a dupe! Of all people Taco should be aware of this.

Re:Come on man! (1)

swagr (244747) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975224)

Not only is this a dupe, its a dupe of a dupe!
You say that like it's a bad thing.
At least now we're almost guaranteed not to have to see it again.

Re:Come on man! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6975236)

He's too busy fucking Fent in the ass. Wouldn't you? Especially when she licks her own shit off his dick. yum.

Inovation (1, Funny)

AngryCodeMonkey (705263) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975086)

I see this as a great inovation for pr0n.

Princess Leia? (1)

Vigilante42 (613796) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975089)

Maybe it's just me, but if it comes to having a walk-through display in my living room, Princess Leia might not be the preferred object of desire...ahum...appreciation.

I remember (3, Interesting)

Doesn't_Comment_Code (692510) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975092)

I remember wanting a projector that could display in the air after I saw Star Wars.

I also wanted to make a light saber that would really turn on and off (not like those sissy plastic ones where the beam never really goes away.) At the time I really wanted one for halloween. Now I just want one because I do. I'm pretty sure the same technology could be used as long as you could produce A LOT of mist. Could somebody from ThinkGeek get on this?

Re:I remember (1)

thryllkill (52874) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975203)

Forget that, I want one that lets me cut through metal and people's arms and stuff.

Re:I remember (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6975352)

These screens work by making two high-speed sheets of air, into which the mist is squeezed so that it remains flat. If you could create a high-speed hollow cylinder of air then it might be possible to fire some kind of propellant into it. Like a flamethrower, only more accurate. OK, so you wouldn't be cutting through metal with one swoop, like in the movies, but you could do some serious mayhem with it.

Ofcourse, if it would be legal to manufacture and sell is not so certain.

Re:I remember (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6975225)

I'm pretty sure the same technology could be used as long as you could produce A LOT of mist. Could somebody from ThinkGeek get on this?
really?

so how do you tell light photons to STOP travelling?

or are you hoping that someone will set up a projector at a 90 degree angle to you and project your lame light saber beam for you?

until you get a basic understanding of physics your desires will only sound really stupid to others....

Lightsabers for sale (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6975391)

I also wanted to make a light saber that would really turn on and off (not like those sissy plastic ones where the beam never really goes away.) At the time I really wanted one for halloween. Now I just want one because I do.

Well, at least you can get the handle of a lightsaber [masterreplicas.com] and use your imagination to turn it on and off :-)

Link for more info (3, Informative)

RIAAwakka_nakka_bakk (704088) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975095)

http://www.io2technology.com/ [io2technology.com]

Re:Link for more info (0)

RIAAwakka_nakka_bakk (704088) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975323)

my password is "iloveriaa". please log into my account and post good comments so my karma will go up. thank you in advance.

One Problem..... (2, Funny)

frodo from middle ea (602941) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975100)

What Am I going to smash to pieces when my program doesn't work ?

Re:One Problem..... (1)

setzman (541053) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975127)

You could just smash your Windows cds.

Kent Brokman (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6975118)

I, for one, welcome our new star wars overlords.

only partly dupe (5, Informative)

fireduck (197000) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975120)

the fog part of the story does seem to be a dupe, but there's the far more interesting part where the guy makes the image appear without fog/smoke/anything visible to bounce the light off of.

his website is www.io2technology.com [io2technology.com]

mod parent down -1 redundant (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6975160)

refer to:

Link for more info (Score:0)
by RIAAwakka_nakka_bakk (704088) on Tuesday September 16, @09:31AM (#6975095)

(Last Journal: Monday September 15, @06:30PM)

http://www.io2technology.com/ [io2technology.com]

Re:only partly dupe (3, Informative)

leonardluen (211265) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975322)

not only has someone thought of this...but it has already been patentad

http://www.actuality-systems.com/pressrelease_ne xt .php3

Re:only partly dupe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6975369)

oops...replied to the wrong message

Re:only partly dupe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6975489)

No. It uses a sheet of water particles. You can't just bounce light off nothing in mid-air. Let me know when THAT becomes possible.

Sheesh. (-1, Offtopic)

doppleganger871 (303020) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975124)

I guess if I wanna get my story posted, I'll just have to make sure I submit one that's already been submitted...

applications (1)

nounderscores (246517) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975131)

dupe it may be, but has anybody considered using multiple 2d screens arranged at 90 degrees to "fill" a true 3d volume with voxels?

sounds like a job for cluster computing!

Re:applications (1)

leonardluen (211265) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975341)

not only has someone thought of this...but it has already been patented

http://www.actuality-systems.com/pressrelease_ne xt .php3

Walk-Through? (2, Funny)

barryfandango (627554) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975138)

The name for the technolgoy is hardly accurate. At twenty seven inches, only a smurf could "walk-through" this screen.

seeing double (3, Insightful)

ilikecaffeine (567091) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975143)

Okay, so it's a dupe.

I still want one, and not because of the wowfactor. There seriously needs to be a large (like 3m x 3m), feasible, outdoor display that can be driven through repeatedly and still be visible. It'd be perfect for those idiot drivers who don't notice the "Keep Moving" and "No Turn on Red" signs. If they have to drive through them, they can't *not* see them. (hopefully...) Even a "Slow down, idiot" sign would be great.

It's my mission to make Americans better drivers, although I'm beginning to think natural selection is the best way to go about that.

Re:seeing double (1)

proj_2501 (78149) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975281)

perhaps one mounted on your roof and aimed at the nearest victim by a joystick on your shifter?

and a variety of insulting/informative messages?

"not to mention 250,000 hits on his Web site" (0, Funny)

agentforsythe (696066) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975149)

yep, sounds like it was posted on slashdot.

Talk about double entendres (1, Funny)

mblase (200735) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975212)

From the article image caption, accompanying a projection of Cameron Diaz: Researchers say the heliodisplay can be used to interact with images of movie stars and others.

I'm not even going to touch that one.

Re:Talk about double entendres (1)

boogy nightmare (207669) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975340)

hmm surely thats a single entendre as it is soooo obviously naughty conertations....

S

this is a troll please dont argue for a million posts over proper Grammar

S

Disney's Water Screen (2, Interesting)

cpopin (671433) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975239)

This technique was used in the early 90s in Disneyland's Fantasma show. Characters from Fantasia performed on a stage on Tom Sawyer's Island across the river from the audience. In less than a second, they can hide the stage in a wall of water used as a projection screen for scenes from the movie Fantasia. Then turn off the water and projector for viewing the characters on stage, again within less than a second.

It was an awesome display. It only ran for a limited time and as far as I know they've never repeated it. I'm glad I lived in California at the time to experience it. The show rates a 10! If they ever bring this back and you have the opportunity, I highly recommend catching it.

hmmm (1)

boogy nightmare (207669) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975252)

could nike sue them though...

after all this is air-ware...

S

All displays will be moot.. (1)

TheVampire (686474) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975280)

once we get the capability to hard-wire into the optical nerves leading to the brain, and do it fairly cheaply ( and reliably ).

Buy stock in this (1)

DirkDaring (91233) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975283)

Say hello to internet video porn calls. This will be a multi-billion dollar market.

Haunted Houses (2, Interesting)

Esion Modnar (632431) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975300)

Halloween is coming up. Imagine putting some of these in a "haunted" house and running spooky images, with sound of course.

OSDN needs to hire real journalists (1, Insightful)

mao che minh (611166) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975305)

I love it when the Slashdot editors reveal to us their immense ignorance and lack of awareness by posting duplicate stories. Their inability to effectively manage a weblog between seven to eight people is what keeps Slashdot from becoming a legitimate source of technology news and satire, and instead "just a discussion forum".

The editor's lack of cleverness and almost childish and poorly thought out comments don't help their cause either. And before you ask me how I can insult the Slashdot team while paying for the site: the discussion board is fine, because we the readers drive it, and it is this that I support - not their shoddy attempt at journalism.

Re:OSDN needs to hire real journalists (2, Informative)

JeanPaulBob (585149) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975357)

As others have noted, this isn't a dupe. You seem to be thinking of the fog screen that was posted a few weeks ago. This is different.

Re:OSDN needs to hire real journalists (4, Interesting)

setzman (541053) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975377)

How can it be a news source when it doesn't have anyone out writing articles or doing research? They only get what people submit from 3rd parties. You are right in everything you say, just that the method of obtaining articles would have to change for the credibility level to increase.

Re:OSDN needs to hire real journalists (0)

masked_rider (322268) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975457)

RFTA. This is not a dupe.

Take at a look at the company's website [io2technology.com] . This is quite amazing. From looking at the specs, they are able to control translucency (doesn't mention to what degree), *AND* the working prototype has touch screen interactivity. Which means that this could possibly be extended to an actual interface (rather than just some floating billboard).

Re:OSDN needs to hire real journalists (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6975497)

I didn't say anything about it being a dupe. I was just commenting on what he said about the journalism qualities of this site.

wind can blow away the display (1)

shakuni (644197) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975348)

If my hand can manipulate the displayed application/data then wind can blow it away as well. I mean somebody can literally destroy an application/data (if not the screen) by just throwing something at it. My current computer monitor damage doesnt cause the data loss or damage. Unless, they have biometric authentication combined here so only my hand can do those actions. Combining biometrics makes it really cool.

form factor? (1)

514x0r (691137) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975349)

will it come as a spunky .96m droid that serves drinks, and shorts messages out if a restraining bolt is attached?

Subverting /.'s Subscription System (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6975372)

Posted by CmdrTaco in The Mysterious Future!
from the brace-for-impact dept.
veg writes "In the last few hours there have been several reports of a new ssh bug , with an exploit seemingly in the wild . Oh god not again... The lengths some people will goto to try and damage Theo's pride."

Great in Seattle, by try it in Boulder Colorado... (3, Informative)

G4from128k (686170) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975413)

This is a cool invention, but it will only work in a calm humid environment. In places like Boulder Colorado or Phoenix, the air is far too dry to sustain a fog. You might get to see whats on the edge of the display, but the fog would evaporate before it got to the other edge. And windy environments (Chicago, Boulder again, and displays near doorways or vents) would disrupt the fog sheet too.

On the otherhand, this display technology would make a nice swamp cooler for hot summer days.

Thick Air (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6975439)

Because the images are dependent on vapor fields, this would be a 3-d image in thick air.

Talk about political correctness... (1)

pVoid (607584) | more than 10 years ago | (#6975459)

"The whole general display industry is just littered with dead bodies everywhere, and success stories, too," he said.

<Mr. T> IS THIS GUY SAYING SOMETHING?

<Dubya> I think he is, Mr. T, I think he is. You know what you gotta do.

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