Human Computer Interaction

Interactive physics simulations

Remember you days at school and your physics class? Wouldn’t it be great if that sketch of a pendular or that hand-drawn solar system magically turns into an animated physics simulation?

Actually this is possible for some time now, as MIT developed ASSIST, an sketch understanding system for whiteboards.
It lets you draw objects like bricks, balls, and springs. Your sketch is interpreted so that the system gets an understanding what is a moveable object which elements should stay in place.
After hitting "Run" your drawing is feed into a physics engine and magically turns into a nice animation on your whiteboard.

A computer vision from 1967

This is a clip from 1967 and it features a computer vision for the year 1997. The technical aspects aren't that interesting, but take a look at the social ones:

What the wife selects [she's shopping] on her console will be paid for by the husband at his counterpart console.

The wife is surfing some web-like-thing to do some – what else? – shopping and she looks after the kids by using a big brother-like omnipresent monitoring system. Her husband has to do all the financial stuff like paying the new dress for his wife.


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