lumino is a project which aims to add a tactile dimension to tabletop computing. the project is being developed by patrick baudisch, torsten becker and frederik rudeck at the hasso plattner institute at the university of potsdam in germany. using tabletop computers like microsoft’s surface, lumino is a system of building blocks which are filled with glass fibres to allow light to pass through them. the computer can recognize the presence of the marker and even when they are stacked. this has many applications, including some demonstrated below like a construction kit, control knobs for tasks like photo editing and playing simple games like checkers. the blocks don’t require power or maintenance and can be combined together in large numbers. the research behind this project could have major implications as tabletop computing and touch screen device grow in popularity.

http://www.hpi.uni-potsdam.de/baudisch/projekte/lumino.html

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