Forget Mr. Bubble: Bathtub touchscreen projects images on water

From Japan comes this interactive display that will make bath time more fun

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Checking in with our friends from DigInfo News, we get this awesome report on a Kinect-based display system that projects images onto the surface of water, making bath time about a billion times more fun.

The AquaTop display uses a Kinect motion-control camera to capture interaction, and the display projects its images "onto a bath filled with water mixed with bath salts." The project is the creation of the Koike Lab at the University of Electro-Communications, DigInfo News says.

More details are available via DigInfo News. If this device works as well as it looks, imagine the possibility for water-based projections - not just with bathtubs, but with larger surfaces (swimming pools anyone?). This also reminds me of some science-fiction stories where characters would enter virtual worlds via immersion-type bathtubs to capture movement and provide haptic feedback (some of this was done in Tad Williams' "Otherworld" series of books).

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