MIT Media Lab is developing the project SmarterObjects allows overlaying virtual controls on everyday objects and interact with them through augmented reality with a touch screen.


Augmented reality technology to interact with physical objects and surfaces is the basis of the 'SmarterObjects' developed by the MIT Media LabIn which controls and virtual interfaces overlaid on objects and interact with them via a touch screen of a smartphone or tablet.

SmarterObjectsThe SmarterObjects project thus allows controlled from a light switch, open a door, turn up the sound of a computer or other electronic device controls displaying and interacting with these objects by touch through the tablet.

Its operation is simple: when the camera of the terminal to the selected physical object addresses, the SmarterObjects application automatically creates a graphical interface through which it can act on the physical buttons, defining new settings.

SmarterObjectsScientists say the discovery phase and programming is an electronic device which requires greater visual attention, because you have to adjust and customize its functionality (on, off, etc.) and then interact with them through the screen.

This augmented reality application has been presented by researchers at the Fluid Interfaces group at the MIT Media Lab 2013 edition of the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2013) Held from April 27 to May 2 in Paris (France).

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By • 13 May, 2013
• Section: Augmented reality

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