The Zanzibar Project is the brainchild of Microsoft. It is a flexible, portable Mat, which you can use to perceive and track physical objects, to identify them and to give the opportunity to interact with them by manipulating the fingers, with the help of Near Field Communication technology.

For this you need to connect the pad to your PC or tablet. To set the device to take the object to its base to attach a NFC sticker. After that, the screen displays a spatial image of the object. If several objects, Zanzibar follows the movement of each subject and exactly identificeret them, even if they are stacked on top of each other.

Zanzibar Project gives the children the opportunity to “carry” his toys from the physical reality into digital and see how they come alive through audio, visual and other special effects.

Zanzibar has not yet become a commercial product, but, apparently, it’s a matter of time. Review it can the participants of the Conference on human factors in computing systems (ACM CHI 2018), which will be held in Montreal at the end of this month.

Source — Microsoft