Remember that old A-ha! video from the ’80s where the virtual cartoon character eventually breaks through the wall separating his world from reality? Well… MIT has demonstrated a “Dynamic Shape Display” that can physically change shape to render 3D content. As Fast Company reports, the display is called inFORM, and it’s a large surface that sits atop a series of pins, actuators, and linkages. By moving each actuator, inFORM can move the pin it’s attached to up or down, allowing for a wide range of interactions. A projector mounted above the surface provides context to the shapeshifting pins, giving them color and highlighting depth. In a video released by MIT, the table is shown moving a ball, mirroring a book, displaying 3D charts, and giving an extremely visible smartphone notification. Soon, you’ll be able to “reach out and touch someone” (or something) from anywhere on the planet. A-ha!

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