Air Hockey without Borders
Engadget has an amazing little blurb on the future of video conferencing, and how it might not be boring?! Believe it or not (and we're saying "believe it"), the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization has created a game called Airhockey Over a Distance to "showcase the power of advanced networking." Essentially, you play airhockey on half a table that's propped up against a screen, as does your opponent in Zimbabwe (where air hockey is super popular). The table, however, differs in that it's hooked up with sensors and a fancy puck ejecting system that can track how fast you and your opponent are slapping the puck, and at what angles, to simulate face-to-face game play! Sounds amazing. And while the prototype was really just created to show how computers can be used to create new types of human-to-human interactions, there don't seem to be any plans yet to market the machines. It's a shame, since it sounds like it could be a big hit at our annual company video picnic.