Robert, a student at the Fraunhofer Society, sent me a video of their project that his group will be presenting at UbiComp 2009 in October. Their project shows proof that projectors are not entirely dead, but even in their video they acknowledge the usefulness of other platforms.
The aim of their project is to use text capture in an augmented reality environment to turn any book into a webpage. The project focus is to improve research work with physical information sources. By allowing a “touch” motion sensor through a projected image, the user can bring up online information on top of their 2D paper. The project, only in pre-alpha stage, looks like a good meshing of various techniques: motion capture, text capture, map torchlight, etc. Most importantly, they’re trying to solve a real problem.
They’re hoping to share thoughts about their project and discuss ideas on applications, so if you have an interest, contact Robert on his blog or look them up at UbiComp 2009.