Researchers at the University of British Columbia have been hard at work designing a neat little device called the pCubee, a perspective-corrected handheld display that uses several screens to create an illusion of a three-dimensional scene.
When the viewer rotates the pCubee, the image on the screen changes in conjunction with the scenes on adjacent sides in a way that makes it seem like there are physical objects inside the box. The objects can be stationary, bringing to mind those novelty glass paperweights with laser-etched pictures inside them, or the scenes can move in response to tilting, shaking, or manipulation with a handheld wand.
I could see the pCubee used in a few different ways, like rolling a ball through an obstacle-ridden labyrinth as a game, uploading a family photo for a 3D keepsake, or using as a demonstration device for museums or classrooms. Too bad it’s not publicly available yet… it might have made a great addition to Cali’s Stocking Stuffer series for her Holiday Gift Guide. Find out more about the research on the Cubee website.