Przemek Jaworsk has done some intuitive experiments and come up with a tangible table using kinect and some light sources giving rise to an interactive surface..
This is his explanation of the experiment
First working prototype of tangible Kinect table… The program is using point cloud generated by Kinect, and is mapping it onto the flat surface. Top part of the cloud (anything that is higher than the table surface) is marked in colour. In fact, all objects positioned on the table are simply detected automatically, and are thus trackable. What can be done with this ? Well… seems like pandora’s box is about to open yet icon smile Kinect experiments tangible table
(primary use will be to perform real-time analysis on urban models) .Work in progress!
Kinect experiments – tangible table