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Seth Hunter designed an interactive table where workers can comfortably sit and take and store notes. The MemTable consists of two projectors, two cameras, two mirrors, and software that supports brainstorming, decision-making, event planning and story bo

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers are developing novel and more natural ways for people to interact with computers and access and store information.

The inventions are designed to make it easier to create, communicate, and collaborate with other people. For example, augmented product displays give shoppers product information and Web access so that they can read reviews and do additional research on the products they are interested in purchasing.

The Inktuitive project aims to make it easier for designers to visually represent their ideas, enabling them to sketch above the paper, while the system captures their strokes and represents them in three dimensions on a computer screen.

The MemTable consists of two projectors, cameras, and mirrors, as well as software that supports brainstorming, decision-making, event planning, and story boarding. MemTable also features five types of inputs, including text, image capture, sketching, laptop capture, and audio.

MIT researchers also have developed a series of techniques for building sensors, actuators, and circuit boards that look, feel, and have the physical properties of paper.

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