HotHardware writes about RealSense, a new user interface that was shown off by Dell and Intel at the IDF in San Francisco. The technology resembles the futuristic interface seen in the movie Minority Report, it allows you to naturally manipulate scanned 3D objects using hand and finger technology. You can use the technology to scan, modify, print, and share objects in 3D. The first applications with RealSense are expected in early 2015.
RealSense is an effort to move beyond the limitations of touch and tap input and to take advantage of the 3D world we live in. After all, the world isn't flat, nor should we be limited to a flat landscape on our computing devices. It's also about making devices 3D aware -- RealSense-enabled devices can perceive depth like the human eye by way of an integrated 3D depth and 2D camera.
You can also throw around the term augmented reality, which is another part of RealSense. 3D object tracking will add a new element to books and games, allowing you to interact with characters and objects in ways that weren't possible before. The real world and virtual world will blend together, which is not only fun, but could prove useful in content creation chores. Imagine designing a toy or tool and then virtually manipulating the design to look for ways you can improve it.