Way back last year I wrote an article about an MIT project called the Sixth Sense. The device was a cobbled together projector, smartphone, and gesture-sensing camera. It worked allowed the user to project an image (like a webpage or a map) onto a surface in front of them and then interact with that projection as one would a smartphone screen.
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Now it looks like LG may be trying their hands at the same sort of thing. Unwired View reports that the company has put out a patent application for a "mobile terminal with image projection". This new device, in theory, would be able to sense gestures made to a projected image.
The shadow your pointer (usually a finger) makes on the image will be registered and measured for distance. When you get close enough to "touch" the projection, the input is recorded and the device (which seems to be smartphone-like in capability) reacts based on that.
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Obviously, this is the very early stage of a product that may never make it past the design table. Still, the fact that LG is taking MIT's idea seriously is heartening. If this keeps up, we could see a commercially available "Sixth Sense"-style gadget within the next year or two. The technology is there-the rest is up to programmers and UI engineers.