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What if you could combine screens of iOS devices sitting on your table into one massive multitouch enabled canvas that you could interact with?

That’s what researchers with the Human-Computer Interaction Group at the University of Konstanz in Germany set out to create with their noteworthy HuddleLamp project.

Basically a tabletop with a built-in 3D camera that sits above, the HuddleLamp uses smart software which analyzes RGB and depth data to not only detect your mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets, but also track hand movement and determine their relative position to one another.

The results are impressive: the HuddleLamp can detect interactions above and between displays so you can swipe and toss information from one device to another, render a huge map across the devices with each screen showing only a portion of the map and what not.

The system bypasses the need for any special software on the devices and you don’t need to attach special markers either. As silly as it sounds, the HuddleLump project could see uses in specialized markets like medicine, CAD, science and so forth.

Watch the video embedded below.

Again, these spatially-aware mobile displays allow for ad-hoc around-the-table collaboration, but without an interactive tabletop. The project uses completely bespoke software systems based on a web-based architecture and JavaScript API for future HuddleLamp applications.

The project’s white paper mentions five examples of cross-device interaction techniques so give it a read to learn more about this promising technology.

[HuddleLamp.org via Ubergizmo]

  • A- for the product. D- for the narrative voice.

  • justme

    looks awesome, imagine drag some video from your tablet or smartphone and send as that easy way to your TV (with this camera like kinect built-in)

    • BoardDWorld

      I remember seeing a patent from Apple a couple of years back that covered a lot of this but without the lamp.

  • Kevin Guzman

    That’s funny, these people actually showed up to my work and had about 300 used iPhone 4s and they managed to display a video while connecting all the iPhones together. Pretty cool actually when you look at it in person.

  • Marvin

    Germany

  • coLin

    “HuddleLamp combines all your Apple mobile devices into a massive multitouch canvas”
    is not just for iDevices. He uses Windows tablets as well. The article sounds confusing a bit. @Christian Zibreg