Do You Want A TV You Can Reach Into?

By Steve West | Updated

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I’m still not sure what purpose a television that allows you to “reach inside” and manipulate objects would serve, but that’s what Media student Jayne Vidheecharoen from the Art Center College of Design in California has created. You place your hand behind the TV and it appears in giant virtual form on the screen, where you can then move stuff around.

Sounds cool. Looks cool. But is it in any way useful? Using the Microsoft Kinect motion controls with just your hands is fantastic, when it’s not being a little wonky. I guess this could be a new form of UI control, but why would anyone want to have to put his or her hand behind a TV to be a digital puppeteer?