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.