VANCOUVER, BC (SIGGRAPH 2014) - edddison (that's a small "e" and 3 d's) allows you to move a matchbox-sized car on a light table and have it move a 3D model of a car in a SketchUp model. Or move the human figurine and walk through a Revit model.
How does the edddison table (being called LightRig at SIGGRAPH) do this particular type of mixed reality? The underside of the light table is ringed with sensors that pick up the position and motion of the he objects on top.
The effect is remarkably natural, quite a bit more than even the most popular 3D input device, the 3D Connexion mice. In the spectrum of 3D virtual and mixed reality, the LightRig is by far more attainable that other devices we have looked at, examples ranging from million dollar CAVEs to zSpace. And it's hardly as goofy looking as head mounted displays.
In fact, the LightRig may be the least expensive way to get into virtual reality. It's folding table (which can easily be taken to a client's site) costs only $1600.
eddison's owner, Austrian Thomans Keinzl, chose SIGGRAPH 2014 to launch the LightRig to the US market.
For more information, see edddison's website, http://edddison.com/