New York and San Francisco-based augmented reality start-up Lampix has developed a ‘smart lamp’ capable of transforming flat surfaces into interactive displays.
Using a wi-fi connection, users can send anything from their smartphone or computer to Lampix. It looks like a regular lamp, but uses a built-in Raspberry Pi computer, an 8-megapixel camera and a 400-lumen projector to create an interactive, touch-sensitive display.
Bringing augmented reality to any surface, Lampix allows users to work with paper documents as if they were electronic. The tech can copy, paste and upload the contents of a physical sheet of paper, and even search for terms in the hard copy. Users can also collaborate with someone else on the same project, as Lampix tracks changes in real time.
Lampix can also display smartphone notifications, show a smartphone’s contents on a flat surface for a larger display, or be put in ‘focus mode’, which withholds notifications from displaying in the workspace.
The start-up is currently seeking pilot clients to trial and improve the product before it goes on general sale. According to its founders, Lampix could have widespread applications across gaming, retail and the workplace, and will come with an open application programming interface for users to create and upload innovative applications. It is expected to begin shipping in autumn 2017 for around $300.