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""A 'smart' table that copies images of objects on its surface to a video display below could improve brainstorm sessions, researchers say.
The Blue Eye table consists of a glass surface with a camera overhead and a projector and a mirror underneath. A user places an object on the glass surface and presses a button to copy it to the screen beneath. Once imported, the images can then easily be moved, stretched and even animated by a user.
"You can take objects, put them onto the board and they are instantly imported into the digital screen," says Bart Naaijkens from Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands.
When an object is placed on top of the table, the digital camera overhead captures an image and software cuts around it by distinguishing it from the background. Existing digital images can also be added to the system by dragging them into a computer folder on a connected computer, Naaijkens explains.
The current version of the display requires a user to then manipulate the images by touching them with special plastic shapes. The shapes feature markers that are recognized by an infrared camera above the table and their movements are translated by computer into image manipulation commands.""
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