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Video Project an Interactive Game on Your Floor or Wall (Video) 57

Lumo is an interactive projector. You can use it to bore people with PowerPoint slides or you can use it as a game machine. It has a built-in (low res) camera that can detect a kick (as shown at the beginning of the video) and make a (virtual) ball move as a result of that action. 'But,' you ask, 'do they have an Indiegogo campaign?' Not yet. It launches on March 23.

The Lumo projector was originally designed for commercial use at children's museums and as a trade show attention-getter -- at $10,000 a pop. The consumer version is expected to cost less than $500, according to Lumo CEO (and Slashdot interviewee) Meghan Athavale. And while she doesn't talk much about it in the interview, if you already have a computer, a projector, and a Kinect or webcam, you can buy the a stripped-down version of the company's 'interactive-floor-wall projection' software for $39, plus games or customizable game templates.
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  • Why would I pay $500 for this when I can pay literally under $50 for a VGA projector on Amazon?

    I assume that Roblimo is invested in this somehow?

    • by kuzb ( 724081 )

      Because you'll be extremely disappointed by any $50 projector. You can't get a projector worth having at that price point. Hell, reasonable projectors don't even start until around the $300 mark.

    • by Roblimo ( 357 ) on Wednesday March 18, 2015 @04:56PM (#49286947) Homepage Journal

      Your assumption is wrong. Timothy made the video. I just edited and posted it. And he chooses video subjects based on what he finds interesting and doesn't get paid to make them.

      FYI, if you ever see a piece of sponsored content on Slashdot, it will say 'sponsored content' or 'advertisement' or will otherwise be easily distinguishable from editorial content.

      Why should everything on Slashdot be negative? Being positive (or at least neutral) about something doesn't necessarily mean someone got paid.

      I wouldn't pay $500 for this thing any more than you would. If anything, I might look at their $39 (proprietary) software and try it with a computer and webcam. And probably not even that.

  • They had one of these (not necessarily this vendor) on the floor of one of the wings of the Burlington Mall in Massachusetts 5+ years ago (it may still be there). It's a fun toy, but it has little practical applications beyond games and promotions. There's no reason this couldn't be on a wall or table though.

    Restaurants: I see this technology as the future of table service at restaurants; consider your white tablecloth as your touchscreen, capable of breaking down into one screen per patron (the camera

    • Restaurants would hate this. Not only does it break the ambiance, but good wait staff know how to follow their regular customer's tempo. If I wanted a cold faceless experience I could get that at any of the fat-food / fast-food chains.
      • by Thud457 ( 234763 )
        Better than those damn Ziosks cluttering up the tables at Chili's.
        • by GTRacer ( 234395 )
          SO am I the only person who absolutely LOVES those table-tablets? I can't count the number of times a waitperson made us wait (ha!) to pay, even when all the food was eaten and the drinks were empty. I love good service, and don't mind recognizing it with a nice tip. But certain parts of the transaction don't really enhance either of our experiences.

          That said, I'm looking forward to seeing what Taco Bell and McDonalds do with their web / app-based ordering and payment in advance systems...
  • Not again (Score:4, Insightful)

    by BarbaraHudson ( 3785311 ) <<moc.liamg> <ta> <nosduharabrab>> on Wednesday March 18, 2015 @04:27PM (#49286683) Journal

    Problems with this story:
    1. They haven't even stated how much they want to collect
    2. They claim to have done over 4,000 installations of an earlier variant:

    "Lumo's founders come from game development, engineering, and interactive interfaces. In 2011, the company started selling an interactive projection display platform (Po-motion.com) that includes a complete creative suite and a remote content management system. This system has been used in over 4000 commercial and museum displays worldwide by clients such as Google, Adidas, Coca-Cola and Air New Zealand."

    Notice how misleading that statement is? A different platform, owned by someone else, has sold over 4,000 units. They themselves may have sold a few of them, but this in NO way shows that they have the ability to produce such a system themselves.
    3. I smell legal problems for what is clearly a knock-off.

    These crowd-funding stories are becoming more of a joke every day.

    • by Roblimo ( 357 )

      "These crowd-funding stories are becoming more of a joke every day." So true.

      That's probably why I get more and more cynical about them.

      When a game called 'Exploding Kittens [kickstarter.com]' raises over $8 million on Kickstarter, you know crowdfunding has become totally surreal.

      • by GTRacer ( 234395 )
        I know, right? I had this great idea for "Exploding Krytens" but it seems nobody much wants to see a droid blow up. And the hardlight projector was proving troublesome to produce in affordable numbers...
      • When I see one of these in the firehose and it looks suspicious when I check them out, I down-vote it. But obviously there are plenty of people who disagree. What can I say :-)

  • It wants its projector/webcam games back.

  • The project is interesting and ambitious. However it's still a projector, and a projector with motion sensing capabilities at that. This is almost certainly going to put it in to the $1000+ price range. You can't change the world if nobody can afford your product.

  • by wonkey_monkey ( 2592601 ) on Wednesday March 18, 2015 @04:57PM (#49286959) Homepage

    Project an Interactive Game on Your Floor or Wall (Video)

    And here's me playing non-interactive games like a chump.

  • I've always wanted something like this projector + camera shining down on a pool table.

    It could record all of the shots, and easily show you a prior table position so you could "un-do" a shot as well as re-play slow motion video of a "break" or other action. Based on varying games, it could count and keep score (cutthroat, multiple iterations of "4 ball run", etc etc) by just displaying the scores somewhere on the table.

    For interactivity, it could "visualize" the line of an intended ball strike by view

Marvelous! The super-user's going to boot me! What a finely tuned response to the situation!