inFORM is a Dynamic Shape Display that can render 3D content physically, so users can interact with digital information in a tangible way. inFORM can also interact with the physical world around it, for example moving objects on the table’s surface. Remote participants in a video conference can be displayed physically, allowing for a strong sense of presence and the ability to interact physically at a distance. inFORM is a step toward our vision of Radical Atoms: tangible.media.mit.edu/vision/
Motorola is therefore our first partner and for all of us at Phonebloks, it’s important to collaborate closely with our partners but at the same time, we want to stay independent. We need our independence to ensure that the development stays open and we achieve our goals.
I’ve heard a lot of pros and cons of this project, but I love seeing something like this gaining momentum and actually being worked on. I hope it doesn’t turn into a gimmick, that it becomes an evolving platform. I like seeing different approaches that aren’t just doing what everyone else is doing.