Microsoft has embarked on the testing of a complex system of projection boards and motion sensor cameras that have been untied to create an augmented reality device providing 3D teleconferencing interaction.

The device – operating under the working title of the MirageTable – will allow for the manipulation of virtual objects in a 3D environment. A prototype of the device has been demonstrated to industry experts in Texas.

Microsoft’s researchers said that the device creates a whole new working medium.

A spokesman said, “While we are still very far from an implementation of a working version of Sutherland’s ‘Ultimate Display’ or Star Trek’s Holodeck, MirageTable shows the potential of the projector/depth camera system to simulate such scenarios and move the interactions from computer screens to the space around us.”

The device uses Kinect camera motion sensor cameras to capture movement and shapes and, after recording the objects, projects them onto a curved whiteboard to allow for augmented implementation. The users will wear 3D glasses to bring the images off the whiteboard and into 3D.

The current system only captures the front face of objects, but technicians are developing the system with additional cameras to enhance the 3D quality.