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Reach inside your computer

See-through screens that allow us to reach in, touch and interact with objects? Jinha Lee believes his 3D devices will break down boundaries and make our digital experiences feel more real.

For decades, computer designers have been trying to break down the barriers between people and the computer information on their screens. Some of their ideas – such as the moveable clickable mouse and the touch screen – have revolutionised how we use our computers.

Computer scientist Jinha Lee believes this is only the beginning. He has been working on 3D computer screens that react to the users hands moving behind the display – allowing the user to “feel” the virtual objects they are interacting with.

He says that a new generation of computer users will be able to use the skills we are born with – to grip, drag and touch – to make our digital experiences seem more real.

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