A 'Tomorrow's World' of fun and creative tech from Studio Output's Future15 event

This vision of the very-near future includes a robot presenter, 3D gif generator and projection-mapping trainers.


By "post digital", Rob means a world where we interact with a wide range of products and services both online and in the real world - and we expect a seamless experience across them all (something we've covered in depth in our recent guide to experience design)

Some "post digital" projects are still experimental - such as most of those shown here or Microsoft's HoloLens. Some are complex small-scale installations that are designed to be spectacular, such as the Oculus Rift-based VR experience at this week's Game of Thrones exhibition. Some have become so mainstream that we barely notice their design, such as...

One project at the Flux event that is ready for widespread use is Projection Artworks' DisplayMapper. A box with mirrors and a projector, it allows small objects to have designs projected onto them that map to their shape. It enables, for example, shops to show a wide range of cosmetic designs – or combinations of designs – available for a trainer in a single small space. And it can be produced in enough volume and at a low enough price that a retailer could put it in every store they own.

At the other end of the development scale is Norris, a humanoid robot for delivering talks, demos and welcomes that's designed to relay not only the words, but the inflections and body language of a human presenter too. It can also indicate emotions through coloured lights.

Norris was created by Engage Productions, whose Flux event space hosted Future 15.

We could control every part of Norris directly, or just let him get on and do his own thing - such as blurting out seemingly random statements at passing attendees.


Between these two extremes was Kin's Interactive Boats, a table-sized tablet that interacts with objects placed on top of it – where pushing a variety of toy boats around its surface taught them about different propulsion systems from modern motors to steamer wheels.

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If this all seems very serious, I also tried out the Kin's 180 Photobooth. Replicating the Matrix effect using 10 digital SLRs, and outputting the end result as a GIF. It's a really fun mix of two technologies that were considered high-tech a couple of decades ago – but are simple and fun now.