With the iPad formally announced, let’s take it a step further with this iDesk. The technology that you see in this picture is called the Pictionaire, and it is under development by Microsoft Research and the University of California, Berkeley.

As you can see from the attached video, this 4 x 6 foot table has a camera mounted above it, much like the futuristic hexagonal-type board game that can be seen here.

The user can place a physical object on the Pictionaire, and with a little drag-and-drop gesture, he or she will have a digital copy of that item. The original physical object can be removed, and the digital copy can be traced onto a whiteboard or a sketchpad.

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