Obake, which is named after a Japanese myth about shape-shifting spirit, is a 3D touchscreen display prototype that’s been created by MIT Media Lab’s Dhairya Dand and Rob Hemsley. The touchscreen sits on top of an elastic surface which can be pinched, pulled, and pushed around. While the display itself would remain in 2D, a user would be able to manipulate whatever is on their screen in three dimensions.
While the touchscreen is only a prototype, it might represent the future of digital interaction, allowing immersive data to be physically manipulated.
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Check out the video below for a glimpse into Obake: