It has taken from hundreds to thousands of years for architects and designers to perfect the art of translating from two-dimensional images to the three-dimensional world and back again. Augmented reality technologies like this, however, promise new quantum leaps in matters of months.
A see-through touch screen will allow users of the (still pre-production) IRIS Tablet to overlay physical spaces with digital renderings ranging from plans and sections to highlighted perspectives, all paired for easy identification of locations and angles in multiple dimensions.
A combination of geo-positioning and pattern recognition help the device recognize its own stance within a structure, projecting too-be-added components onto the screen for an up-close-and-personal look at proposed renovations and additions.
Scanning (via a side-to-side movable slider) and editing images (right on the clear touch screen) and text up close are possibilities, too, as are various way-finding techniques that go a step beyond realtime 2D maps already widely available.
The see-through surface is more than a transparent window, it is a basis for modeling, exploring and interacting with intangible ideas and unrealized futures. Will it really be available someday? We can only hope, but perhaps even if it doesn’t come to fruition, some other tech company will see potential in its bright ideas.
From Yanko Design:
“The era of Tablet PC is upon us and it’s kinda mesmerizing to see the kind of functions and features you can pack into the device. For instance the Iris Tablet PC is a transparent touchpad with an OLED display. It uses wireless charging technology, can scan documents, translates texts and can work as an efficient navigator. The coolest two apps is how you can use it for planning interior designing using AR and split the screen up for shared use. The kind of concept that I look forward to!”
Designers: Liu-Wei, Yao Kai Chi, Hong Ruei Hong & Cheng Ya Fang