Holographic Tablet Turns Glass Surfaces Into Touchscreens

For those of you on the lookout for awesome devices that really look  like something from a sci-fi movie, look no further than… It doesn’t have a name, but it’s a concept device that will turn any glass surface into a full touchscreen, with a keyboard and disk navigation. For the sake of naming the device, we’ll call it the holographic tablet.

Created by Jakub Záhoř, a well-known designer of concept computing devices, the holographic tablet features a full natural user interface (NUI) with a media library, but nothing has been said with regards to networking capabilities, although one of the pictures of the device shows “Internet” listed in its main menu. Still, it’s a nice concept and hopefully, it will catch on with companies like Microsoft, Apple, or Samsung. I’d be surprised if they never make a device like this, especially considering how lucrative it could be for business presentations and friends who want to show off videos of themselves doing ridiculous crap.

Here’s another nice image of the device:

Judging by the hand, the holographic tablet should be just a bit longer than 7 inches and about 2-3 inches wide, making it small enough not to invade the “screen space” on the surface. To use the device, you simply attach it to the surface you want to turn into a display. This picture shows the device on the lower left corner of the surface:

After you start the device, it will expand a perimeter up to the ends of the table and calculate the optimal resolution for display, like so:

Once that’s done, the device will load up a “desktop,” in every literal sense of the word. The desktop will sport an on-screen keyboard for your convenience:

Now, here’s the fun part:

At this point, I’m extremely curious of what people think of this device, and I’d love to start a dialog with you. Leave a comment below with your opinion of the concept holographic tablet!


All photos are courtesy of YankoDesign.

  • Tcs0

    This is something straight out of Iron Man

    • http://the-tech-guy.net/ Miguel Leiva-Gomez

      Now that you’ve mentioned it, it actually looks that way, doesn’t it?

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  • Hoipexn

    Why not just make MS Surface thinner or get it to project into any glass/plastic surface?
    Why an extra device? Shouldn’t future tech be about “less is more”?
    We no longer carry camera+cellphone+mp3player, just 1 smartphone; shouldn’t that 1 device also project/import my keyboardsettings and files I need to have at the ready?
    We are not thinking far enough ahead here…

    • http://the-tech-guy.net/ Miguel Leiva-Gomez

      Uhm… You do realize that MS Surface is stationary?

      The holographic interface would be able to be used in any different glass surface, regardless of where you are on the planet.

      I’m not sure what you understood from the concept, but let’s discuss it! :)

  • J Paiva

    This would be a great opportunity for Google to surpass Apple on the tablet market. They have the software and Motorola…

    • http://the-tech-guy.net/ Miguel Leiva-Gomez

      This article didn’t have much to do with Google, although I think it’s openly attempting to compete with Apple. The thing is that Google is not secretive enough about its developments.

  • http://www.benhardly.de/ BenHardly

    I’m sure, this will be the next generation of mobile devices. Looking really forward to this tech future <3

  • JonasHamill

    I really really want this, Have you any information as to who’s actually developing it? In fact, absolutely all and any information you could give me would be greatly appreciated!!

    • miguel_gomez

      This is simply a concept design, not a device in the market today, but it depicts accurately something that companies can tangibly develop. More information will be available on this site as it comes.

  • Dencfnd

    Please, please put this product on the market!!!!

    • miguel_gomez

      Something like this might come out sometime in the near future. This is just a concept design, not a true prototype. Based on your reaction, and the reaction of many, a company is more than likely going to work on a prototype.

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  • marcus karlsson

    Not exactly ergonomic, and you would not be able to touch type fast on the keyboard.

    • miguel_gomez

      Still, it’s an awesome tool! I would buy something like that to make presentations, but certainly not for work. For that, I’d still stick to a mouse and keyboard setup. You make a great point :)

  • XtremexGamer™

    Sounds good.. i wouldn’t wait too long, else apple be releasing it in a week :P

    • miguel_gomez

      There’s no doubt in my mind that a prototype would come out soon, especially considering that many companies are already exploring methods of doing this.

  • http://twitter.com/MarkOffenberg_ _Mark_

    Is this ever comming available to buy?
    Serious, this thing is awesome!

    • miguel_gomez

      Eh, this is a concept. I love it too, and think that many businesses and consumers alike would benefit from it.

      Entertainment systems like the Sony PlayStation Vita already incorporate holographic life-like interfaces that scan surfaces. I doubt that the computing industry isn’t looking into something like this for consumer and business use. I strongly believe we’ll see something like this sometime in 2012-2013.

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    • miguel_gomez

      Eh… What?… :/

      • Seanellery

        SUATMM = shut up and take my money

        from 9gag.com and/or futurama TV show

        • miguel_gomez

          Ah, got it! I’m really behind!

  • http://vocea-internetului.com/ MatriX

    Great! Can’t wait to use it on my table!