6 February 2006, 04:07 by mark hoekstra

Proactive Desk II: a force-feedback table

I keep having this obsession with interactive tables somehow… (maybe it’s time to build my own :D)

Anyways, now there’s a force-feedback interactive table! (this keeps getting better and better all the time! I’m serious!)

It seems there was an Proactive Desk One, which could only apply force on a single object on it. But this one can simultaneously apply different forces on multiple physical objects on it.

Proactive Desk II

click images to go to the website

click image to go to the corresponding pdf-file

my pdf-reader didn’t do a very good job on this file (of which you can see a partly result above), but being in Japanese, I guess I wouldn’t be able to understand a lot of it. (absolutely no pun intended)


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  1. phylum sinter @ 7 February 2006, 05:15 :

    Pretty sweet idea, the pressure sensitivity is a definite addition. A few years ago [probably more like 10, now that i think about it] i had gone to a technology expo where they had a really great VR demonstration called ‘CAVE’ that took interactive projection to a whole new level… it would completely envelop a 8×8x8 [feet, heh] room, with digital projections on each wall. They used an underwater theme for the demonstration, but i always wondered what that would be like if you could just do general computing on that setup :P

    also worth checking out: http://www.jamespatten.com/audiopad/ —a projected audio workstation, based around fm transmitting glass balls.

  2. markie @ 7 February 2006, 11:11 :

    Ah yes, the CAVE… In this town where Nijne and I both live, is a CAVE as well

    I once spent a day there, also trying out the CAVE, it’s already over 3 years ago, so the stuff on the pics is already so obsolete, I suggest they just give it to me! (What do you think?) :D


    Oh, and I've seen that Audiopad before, it's awesome! :D (there's this enormous list of interactive tables, if you're interested)

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