Electronics

Leia Display System: The mid-air touchscreen you can control with your whole body

The Leia Display System (LDS) projects images onto an interactive mist, which can then be manipulated with hand gestures
The Leia Display System (LDS) projects images onto an interactive mist, which can then be manipulated with hand gestures
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The LDS could be used in car events
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The LDS could be used in car events
A Mercedes shown "breaking" through the screen
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A Mercedes shown "breaking" through the screen
The LDS could also be used in live music events
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The LDS could also be used in live music events
The LDS could also be used in live music events
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The LDS could also be used in live music events
A young woman manipulating the mist and dancing within the display
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A young woman manipulating the mist and dancing within the display
A young woman manipulating the mist and dancing within the display
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A young woman manipulating the mist and dancing within the display
A young woman manipulating the mist and dancing within the display
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A young woman manipulating the mist and dancing within the display
A young woman manipulating the mist and dancing within the display
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A young woman manipulating the mist and dancing within the display
Children play with the LDS
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Children play with the LDS
Children play with the LDS
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Children play with the LDS
A model in various states of undress – the LDS is touted as useful for fashion shows
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A model in various states of undress – the LDS is touted as useful for fashion shows
A model in various states of undress – the LDS is touted as useful for fashion shows
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A model in various states of undress – the LDS is touted as useful for fashion shows
The LDS system is currently offered in two versions, the LDS S-95 and the larger LDS X-300
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The LDS system is currently offered in two versions, the LDS S-95 and the larger LDS X-300
The LDS could perhaps prove useful for presentations
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The LDS could perhaps prove useful for presentations
The LDS could perhaps prove useful for presentations
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The LDS could perhaps prove useful for presentations
Manipulating an image with the LDS
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Manipulating an image with the LDS
Manipulating an image with the LDS
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Manipulating an image with the LDS
The Leia Display System (LDS) projects images onto an interactive mist, which can then be manipulated with hand gestures
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The Leia Display System (LDS) projects images onto an interactive mist, which can then be manipulated with hand gestures
A Minority Report-like interface
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A Minority Report-like interface
A Minority Report-like interface
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A Minority Report-like interface
A Minority Report-like interface
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A Minority Report-like interface
The system essentially comprises a frame, which has mist pumped within, a gesture control system, and a projector which projects the images onto the mist
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The system essentially comprises a frame, which has mist pumped within, a gesture control system, and a projector which projects the images onto the mist
Alas, the LDS only projects in 2D, so isn't a hologram
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Alas, the LDS only projects in 2D, so isn't a hologram
The basic concept of projecting displays onto mist also isn't new, but LDS reckons that previous solutions are pretty clunky compared to its system
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The basic concept of projecting displays onto mist also isn't new, but LDS reckons that previous solutions are pretty clunky compared to its system
The LDS system is currently offered in two versions
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The LDS system is currently offered in two versions
The smaller LDS S-95 measures 95 x 65 cm (37 x 25 inches), and the LDS X-300 can reach sizes of 3m x 2.5m (9.85 x 8.2 ft)
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The smaller LDS S-95 measures 95 x 65 cm (37 x 25 inches), and the LDS X-300 can reach sizes of 3m x 2.5m (9.85 x 8.2 ft)
In addition, multiple LDS X-300 units can be placed together to create a massive display
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In addition, multiple LDS X-300 units can be placed together to create a massive display

The recently-unveiled Leia Display System (LDS) is a lot like a large touchscreen, but with one important difference: its screen is not solid, but rather made from mist. This means you can walk right through the screen, manipulate displayed images using hand gestures reminiscent of Minority Report, or even interact with the display using your whole body.

The LDS is primarily targeted toward the marketing industry and events, and the promo images provided by the firm highlight a number of uses, including catwalk modeling and a Mercedes appearing to smash through the screen.

The firm also makes a brief mention of using the system for gaming, and one can easily imagine it proving useful in other areas too, such as large-scale architectural presentations and the construction industry, for example.

A Minority Report-like interface
A Minority Report-like interface

Put simply, the LDS unit itself comprises a frame, in which a thin layer of mist is created, blown from bottom-up. A projector then beams images onto the mist, and an integrated gesture control system allows a user to manipulate the images displayed.

Since the LDS only deals in 2D, not 3D, it can't be considered a hologram, and the basic concept of projecting images onto mist also isn't new in itself – take the MisTable and DisplAir, for example. However, the LDS seems to best its rivals in image quality and its accuracy also looks impressive, enabling handwriting or drawing in mid-air.

A model in various states of undress – the LDS is touted as useful for fashion shows
A model in various states of undress – the LDS is touted as useful for fashion shows

The LDS is currently produced in two versions: the smaller LDS S-95, which measures 95 x 65 cm (37 x 25 in), and the LDS X-300, which can reach sizes of up to 3m x 2.5m (9.85 x 8.2 ft). In addition, multiple LDS X-300 units can be placed together to create a massive display.

In operation, the S-95 consumes 400 ml (0.10 US gal) of de-mineralized water per hour, though the X-300 uses up 4 liters (1 US gal) per hour, so a massive display could perhaps become quite water-heavy to run if it was in use for a long time. Units are available to rent and buy, price on request.

The promo video below shows it in use.

Source: Leia Display System

Leia Display System - promo video HD short version

1 comment
Kris Lee
Downward laminar flow. People have used these quite a time for Halloween props etc. But still nice to see a commercial product. I am just mentioning that it is nothing uniquely new.
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