Digital Rug Changes as You Walk over It


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I can't find much information about this video, other than that the people are speaking Dutch. They're obviously having a good time. But if you have to rake those leaves, it's like a Sisyphean hell.

-via The Presurfer

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We also have one of these at The Museum in downtown Kitchener. Always thought it was neat but having it in my house? Not sure about that.
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Yeah, we have tons of them in Toronto. There's one at Queen's Quay that's pretty cool. I saw one of them in a sports store once. I played virtual soccer with a little boy there.
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These are pretty common at museums. I know they have a bunch of them here at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, and I've seen them elsewhere as well. It's cool but not as amazing as it might seem -- it's "just" an overhead projector facing down connected to a webcam to sense the motion of people walking around.

You can see the woman's shadow in the video here so I'm certain it's the same technology -- so it's not actually a digital carpet. The floor/carpet is just the "screen" for the video projector.

The one at the Ontario Science Centre goes through a bunch of modes including a virtual fish pond that you can jump around in and scare the koi. Kids go nuts for it. I'll bet dogs would too if they were permitted!
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