3D Touch Screen and Tactile Feedback: The Future of 3D Imagery?

In an interesting tale of how 3D imaging is being used around the world, a story by Microsoft Labs came out on Thursday. The story goes into details on how the Microsoft Research unit has combined LCD flat panels with senors to give users the ability to have 3D images with feedback.

The detailed post goes into a lot of details around the project by Microsoft Labs. Between a robotic arm, an LCD flat panel screen, and force sensors, it gives users can simulate the shape and total weight of these objects on the screen. This should give users and researchers exciting ways to manipulate 3D images in the future.


Future For Medical and Even Gaming

The combined research on this project has huge potential impacts for the medical field. It could allow medical researchers the ability to manipulate images, rotate them, and see them in new ways possible. With just a slight image, the force feedback creates a way to see the 3D effect and see the size and perspective of the image. With medical imaging and cell research, doctors could see diagrams in new ways never seen before. In addition, gamers could see new 3D games like never before.

Why Medical Matters On 3D Imaging

Microsoft Research has worked closely with physicians in developing and testing this 3D imagery feedback. Body scans can be seen in all new ways, and MRI images are the prime example used. Microsoft labs worked with doctors to show how MRI images allowed a doctor and medical to work through different images by moving their fingers against the display. They could also leave markers on the images, so if they needed to go back and view them later, they could.

While this Microsoft Research project gives physicians new ways to tackle scans and images in new ways, it isn’t perfect. Some stated that is wasn’t responsive enough for surgery, and some touch-feedback concerns were issued on the technology. Either way, the story shows how Microsoft and their research labs are working with doctors to explore 3D images in all new ways and to give doctors new ways to diagnose and solve medical problems. It shows that it is not all Windows in Redmond.

Published: Friday, July 5th, 2013 Last Modified: October 23, 2013

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