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The Leia Project

Remember that scene in Star Wars when Princess Leia communicates via a holographic fog? After years as a geek fantasy, a real world version of this gizmo is finally coming to life. It comes from Chad Dyner, a 29-year-old MIT…
October 7, 2003

Remember that scene in Star Wars when Princess Leia communicates via a holographic fog? After years as a geek fantasy, a real world version of this gizmo is finally coming to life. It comes from Chad Dyner, a 29-year-old MIT student who invented the Heliodisplay: a device which projects real-time streaming video images into thin air. Compatible with TV, DVD, VCRs, or computers, the Heliodisplay out-smarts George Lucas’ holographic fantasy by being interactive - modified air in front of the project creates what Dyner callas a “virtual touchscreen.” Imagine the applications in multiplayer gaming and videoconferencing. Reaching out and touching someone just got a lot more interesting.

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Five poems about the mind

DREAM VENDING MACHINE I feed it coins and watch the spring coil back,the clunk of a vacuum-packed, foil-wrappeddream dropping into the tray. It dispenses all kinds of dreams—bad dreams, good dreams,short nightmares to stave off worse ones, recurring dreams with a teacake marshmallow center.Hardboiled caramel dreams to tuck in your cheek,a bag of orange dreams…

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panpsychism concept

Is everything in the world a little bit conscious?

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