Interface of the Day: Levitating Orbs Make Tactile UI

This takes the cake for user interface of the day.. week… Just a concept, but by levitating orbs, Jinha Lee allows users to intuitively manipulate a hybrid physical/virtual interface:

Jinha Lee, from the Tangible Media Group of the MIT Media Lab, in collaboration with Rehmi Post, has been playing with the idea of manipulating real floating objects in 3-D space to create a truly tactile user interface. His prototype is called the ZeroN, and it will drop your jaw when you see it working for the first (and second and third) time.

MIT Creates Amazing UI From Levitating Orbs | Co.Design: business + innovation + design.

Check out the video…

ZeroN – Levitated Interaction Element from Jinha Lee on Vimeo.

Thanks to colleague Diana Kole for the link!