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November 9, 2011

No, not the Holodeck, but close...

At every SPAR event, I naturally gravitate to the “New Technologies and Applications” track – you know, the “news.” It never disappoints. At Houston, much of the buzz that track created centered around augmented reality, like that provided by a mobile browser-enhanced view of the world. Here in the Hague, Microsoft’s Kenji Takeda took us another step further by demonstrating virtual reality, using not much more than a Kinect laser scanner.

Here’s Takeda talking about the HoloDesk:


Hey, no one’s claiming it’s the Holodeck, but it’s pretty amazing just the same. A terrific creative use of the possibility of real-time 3D data capture. By the way, I think this is the paper he references in the video.

Justin Toland and I are both on site here at the Hague gathering all kinds of video and notes and we’ll have much more from SPAR Europe in the coming days and weeks. Stay tuned.

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