Confined by screens no longer!


I always found a huge problem with my television, laptop and iPad—a screen confines them. What if we could turn an entire room into a monitor, where you can have the news on your kitchen table while you place a video call on your fridge? And when you’re done, you can swipe everything away, like Tony Stark in “Iron Man” or Tom Cruise in “Minority Report”.

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Imagine looking up at your kitchen ceiling for a moment. See those lights? Well, they aren’t light bulbs; they’re projectors that can display your email inbox or a website anywhere in the room. There are also cameras inside them that translate your simple gestures into computer commands, like going back a page in your browser. No need for a television in this household. It’s on your cabinet. Or your counter. Or the back of you hand for that matter. The combination of microphones and cameras built into your outlet allows you to talk to your computer more naturally. Instead of saying, “Computer, turn off the kitchen light,” you can just point and say, “Shut that off, please.” Because your computer screen is no longer a square, if you are making pancakes, the measurements and instructions could appear next to each ingredient instead of being grouped into a list.

Anyone reading this post enjoy video games? I thought so. Well, imagine playing Halo or Call of Duty, and being able to see an enemy approaching from your peripheral vision. How about being able to look over your shoulder to see how close your competitors are racing in a game? Imagine—instead of seeing a chair painted with light, the projected image would just automatically adjust in order to help your furniture blend in. Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? Kinect is a motion sensing input device by Microsoft for the Xbox 360 that might be able to accomplish just that in the near future.

The possibilities with this are endless. Let’s change the world.

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8 thoughts on “Confined by screens no longer!

  1. How do you think a shift from the confines of a 12″ screen to a life sized projector would effect the way people conduct everyday life? Would it change anything or would everything pretty much remain the same?

  2. Love the idea but it seems very expensive and extremely unsustainable. Today we have enough issues with energy usage and monitoring that usage. This would drastically increase the amount of energy a given household or building would be able to produce. Could looking at this vision from a sustainability stand point change it’s reality?

    • I do not that that it would be unsustainable. If it is run by projectors on the ceiling, presumably such as lights would be, it could run on electricity, propane, or however the house is powered (solar energy?). I think that it would use even less energy than a single laptop, because it is a projection and not a real screen. It would probably start out very expensive, just as computers and ipads did. Overtime, the cost would most likely decrease.

    • Tsk tsk. Silly engineer….

      Make the plastics from older plastics.

      Make them all LEDs and that cuts power usage.

      Once you all get the electronics that can run on low enough electricity, every “smart room” could be be powered from a walking treadmill or from a cycle.

      Hence, the total energy needed would be what was needed to power the human to power the machine…

      Get Cracking!

  3. I enjoyed your post however do you think these new projection devices would replace the TV or laptop that people have grown accustomed to and find to be reliable and manditory in their everday lives? Or would these new devices simply be more high tech gizmos that the wealthy collect to stay in style and on top of the current fads?

  4. How does this make the world a better place? I’m not saying it won’t… and I like my nerdy tickled as much as any other nerd. But, in Minority Report, ubiquitous technology invites a near-dsytopia.

    Will more and better access to information make us any _wiser_?

    • Very true. I hadn’t thought about the difference between “making our lives easier” vs “making the world a better place.” They really are two totally different things. Maybe if smart homes could just be powered by a treadmill or cycle, oil dependancy could decrease, and there would be less conflict with the Middle East? Just a thought.

  5. Ahhh…. I can think of more things. I am not dissing your post. Jsut asking for more…

    Like, total vizualization [TV for short 🙂 ] could maybe help with
    a) helping people find patterns more easily and hence solve problems better
    b) help those with learning disabilities or other problems
    c) create better training simulations for medicine, for engineering, for war, for police, for fire….
    d) reduce the amount of paper used for storing information
    e) create new forms of art or performance
    f) empower the marginalized or oppressed with new tools to question power and the status quo…. ie Tea PArty, occupy, global social justice, etc….

    On the down side, terrorists may like it too…

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