The University of Bristol is leading the development of three-dimensional (3-D) display technology that would enable the screen of a mobile device to physically mutate to show hilly terrain and buildings as it visually displays a street map. Known as Tilt Displays, the surface is about half the size of a standard tablet and consists of a collection of individual display components, each of which can tilt along one or more axes and move vertically up and down.
"The ability to tilt along multiple axes distinguishes our display from previous actuatable displays," says Bristol professor Sriram Subramanian. "Such screen versatility opens a range of opportunities for providing an additional integrated information channel to the user." Subramanian says Tilt Displays could be used for collaboration, terrain modeling, 3-D video that goes beyond auto-stereoscopic 3D, and tangible gaming.
The researchers will present the technology at the MobileHCI 2012 conference in San Francisco.
From University of Bristol
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