Discussions about technologies for the smart home usually revolve around issues of connectivity and embedding “smarts” in devices. Attention must be paid, also, to the human–machine interface.
Display technology is the cornerstone of the human-machine interface, and an interactive display is even better at facilitating the human-machine interaction. The touch screen is the current interactive mechanism of choice. Thanks to the all-pervasive smartphone, swiping through screens and multi-touch control are second nature to most people today.
Enter interactive projection technology.
Texas Instruments is bringing to the smart home as the next generation interactive display. The micro-electro-mechanical-systems (MEMS) technology modulates light using digital micromirror devices.
DLP, which is widely used in digital cinema projectors, and also in some 3D printers as a power source to cure resins into solid objects, has made incursions into the home, primarily in projectors for home theaters. Now TI hopes that DLP Pico™ technology – a more compact version — will move to every room in the house.
DLP Pico can project onto any surface and can be used in combination with a variety of sensors, such as “time of flight,” to create interactive, adaptive and reconfigurable interfaces as virtual control panels. Learn how to replace buttons, tablets, LCD panels and mechanical knobs – with light.