3D Display of the future

The next generation displays will not be flat glass screens, like the iPad, but physically dynamic 3-D surfaces that can reconfigure themselves.

Above: Screen interaction gets physical. Jason Alexander/Lancaster University



Jason Alexander from Lancaster University, is testing how to better present information and how 3D displays could change our relationship with technology.

Jason Alexander, explains:

“In our lab, we’ve begun to explore the implications of users interacting with shape-changing displays. We’ve created a 10×10 interactive bar chart with which to represent common data visualisation tasks such as displaying data, filtering data, organising it into different rows and columns, navigating between large datasets, and making annotations. We’ve found that the physical nature of dynamic bars encouraged users to directly manipulate data points for annotation and comparison-style tasks and that traditional touch-based controls work well for navigation and organisation tasks.”

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