Stop what you're doing right now and watch this
MIT's Tangible Media lab has created a truly stunning example of how the virtual and physical world can be melted together into one mind-blowing piece of tech.
The inFORM project consists of a shape display which is made up of a bunch of motion-controlled, height adjustable rods. We like to think of it as the world's most advanced pin art sculpture.
Thanks to the combined magic of a Kinect camera, a projector and some specialised software, the rods are able to manifest themselves into a physical representation of real-world objects like your hands, allowing you to pick up real objects remotely.
The possibilities are endless and the results are truly magical. From the most realistic game of Minecraft you've ever played, to the ultimate music visualiser, or even uses in the medical field, future revisions of the inForm could blend the virtual and physical world in ways never seen before.
The video below demonstrates the magic far better than we could ever describe it, so sit back and be prepared to have your mind blown.