June 10, 2012

Levitation as UI

“What if materials could defy gravity, so that we could leave them suspended in mid-air?” ask the creators of ZeroN. “ZeroN is a physical and digital interaction element that floats and moves in space by computer-controlled magnetic levitation.” One could ask questions about precision and practicality, but… holy crap, levitating balls as UI!


Posted by John Nack at 9:02 AM on June 10, 2012


  • Rob — 9:23 AM on June 10, 2012

    The advertising slogan writes itself: “Grab them by the balls and their hearts and minds will follow.”

  • Scott Valentine — 10:38 AM on June 10, 2012

    I love the potential for programming 3D cameras and scene manipulation. If you can scale such a thing nicely, I can see building entire miniature scenes with rapid prototyping, then performing your fly-throughs just like a kid with a superhero action figure. You could even generate POV cameras for characters, vehicles, etc.

    Now scale it up for a body suit and never need a bed again! :D

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