Imagine interacting with your computer and data in a 3D physical way, touching, feeling and manipulating it just as you would with anything else you can touch. The GHOST Project is trying to make that happen. Founded in 2013, the GHOST (Generic, Highly-Organic Shape-Changing Interfaces) Project is trying to make an interface where you can manipulate physical objects through computers and other devices. If successful, it could change the way we live, work and learn. Having the ability to physically touch the data on screen and have it affect something physical is mind blowing.
This breakthrough in user interaction with technology allows us to handle objects, and even data, in a completely new way. A surgeon, for instance, will be able to work on a virtual brain physically, with the full tactile experience, before performing a real-life operation. Designers and artists using physical proxies such as clay can mould and remould objects and store them in the computer as they work. GHOST researchers are also working with deformable interfaces such as pads and sponges for musicians to flex to control timbre, speed and other parameters in electronic music.
GHOST already has a prototype named “Emerge” in which you can actually pull the data from bar charts off the screen. Just looking at the picture makes you think, what the!? This project is going to make some big changes in the world of technology and how we think and do things in the future. Having full tactile control over computing software is very future forward tech and it’s going to be fun to watch this ride, we hope they keep having success.
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