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inFORM by Tangible Media Group MIT

(all images © 2013 Tangible Media Group / MIT Media Lab)

inFORM developed at Tangible Media Group MIT is a Dynamic Shape Display that can render 3D content physically, so users can interact with digital information in a tangible way. inFORM can also interact with the physical world around it, for example moving objects on the table’s surface. Remote participants in a video conference can be displayed physically, allowing for a strong sense of presence and the ability to interact physically at a distance.

inFORM is a step towards Tangible Media Groups´s vision of Radical Atoms: tangible.media.mit.edu/vision/

inFORM – Interacting With a Dynamic Shape Display from Tangible Media Group on Vimeo.

This project tries to explore different areas of exploration such as the representation of Geospacial data like maps and terrain elevation models which could be beneficial for urban planners and Architects to interact with information in a more physical way.The idea of its creators is that inForm could at some degree allow 3D Modelers and designers to prototype their designs in a physical way without using 3d prints , which could be a great way to have instant feedback of an object always keeping in mind the constraints of resolution this approach would obviously have.