Microsoft ‘Illumishare’ is yet another Microsoft project that is sure to make our life more easy going. Seen first at Microsoft TechForum 2012, IllumiShare enables remote people to share any physical or digital object on any surface.
It is a low-cost, peripheral device that looks like a desk lamp, and just like a lamp lights up a surface at which it is pointed, IllumiShare shares a surface. To do this, IllumiShare uses a camera-projector pair where the camera captures video of the local workspace and sends it to the remote space and the projector projects video of the remote workspace onto the local space. With IllumiShare, people can sketch together using real ink and paper, remote meeting attendees can interact with conference room whiteboards, and children can have remote play dates in which they play with real toys.
Currently a research concept, the illumishare shows the potential for physical interaction using relatively simple virtual technologies.