The research group at Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) is nearing creation of a Star Trek-0like holodeck.

The group this week released a video demonstrating what it calls a “novel interactive system” that links its Kinect camera and an optical display for generation of interactive 3D graphics.

Here’s how Microsoft describes HoloDesk in the video posted at YouTube:


“HoloDesk – Direct 3D Interactions with a Situated See-Through Display”

The text:

“HoloDesk is a novel interactive system combining an optical see through display and Kinect camera to create the illusion that users are directly interacting with 3D graphics.

“A virtual image of a 3D scene is rendered through a half silvered mirror and spatially aligned with the real-world for the viewer.

“Users easily reach into an interaction volume displaying the virtual image. This allows the user to literally get their hands
into the virtual display.

“A novel real-time algorithm for representing hands and other physical objects, which are sensed by the Kinect inside this volume, allows physically realistic interaction between real and virtual 3D objects.”

Watch the video here.

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