The border between our physical world and the digital information surrounding us has been getting thinner and thinner. Designer and engineer Jinha Lee wants to dissolve it altogether. As he demonstrates in this short, gasp-inducing talk, his ideas include a pen that penetrates into a screen to draw 3D models and a computer desktop prototype that lets you reach through the screen to manipulate digital objects.
Post by northernexpat on Jul 4, 2013 22:14:08 GMT -5
This is amazing; with technology the only limitation is your imagination. I believe that science fiction drives future inventions.
My favorite science fiction author when I was younger was Robert Heilein. He wrote 'Door into Summer' in 1957 when computers were just starting and were the size of a room.
The story starts out in 1970, where the hero of the story who is an inventor, is tricked by his partner to take the 'cold sleep' where he wakes up in 2000. The amazing part of the story is that Heilein mentions several inventions that would be considered fantasy in 1957. There is 'Drafting Dan' a small computer that architects can use to create designs. There is 'Flexible Frank' who is a futuristic robot that can do every menial job once filled by people.
To me this proves that inventions in science fiction are the impetus that stimulates inventors’ minds. How often, if you’re a fan of science fiction, do you see machines that seem impossible at the time become reality in later years?
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