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In a World where a good majority of the information we interact with is presented on screens, I wonder to what extent the medium will evolve as part of our future personal as well as urban landscape. The current mania for tangible screens is slowly beginning to seep into our everyday gadgetry, however beyond this the scope for presenting images as well as meaningful information on and indeed in a variety of forms is only just beginning to take shape. Two particular projects have grasped my attention recently.
The first is the forthcoming Media Architecture Conference this month in London in which talks and debate will revolve around the impact of integrated displays on architecture and urbanism. Many artists have over the past few years explored various ways to envisage what our visual landscape could look like. It is interesting to see that finally this artistic research is being taken seriously as a means to discuss and develop further the concept of the screen within an architectural and urban perspective.
The second project has recently been shown at this years Siggraph Conference and presented as an ’emerging technology’. Paul Debevec of Graphics Research is working on holographic imagery and a particular projection system that enables 5000 frames per second rendering. The result is a 360° image view. The possibility of having your R2 project an interactive cookbook to the kitchen is once again just another anecdotal wink at how creative fiction in the movies inspires and moves the technology of tomorrow.