After attending Hiroshi Ishii’s lecture in McConomy auditorium last week, I was totally blown away by the breadth of work that despite different all seemed to share a similar spirit about working with computational and digital ideas in a physical manner.
What I found missing from his work in current from was a lack of practicality or way to imagine how more complex interfaces and experiences would be enabled within his worldview. On the other hand, the above project by the Fluid Interfaces Group uses a series of existing technologies to make their prototypes completely possible today.
That’s to say I think the interaction of holding a lens to everything and manipulating the physical world with zero to little non-visual feedback is necessarily a good idea though. Having used and made software and interfaces like this, I know they can be exceedingly frustrating and not overly enjoyable.