- Former Apple engineer Bob Burrough spent seven years working under Steve Jobs and Tim Cook.
- Burrough uploaded a video to his YouTube channel in January, in which he introduced a new kind of iPhone interface that responds to your environment.
- Apple – or any other phone manufacturer, for that matter – would be keen to try something like this for their own phone software, as it’s a very cool visual effect.
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In January, former Apple engineer Bob Burrough uploaded a video to his YouTube channel to show off a new idea he has for a smartphone interface.
Burrough’s “Project Erasmus” is a user-interface (UI) implementation that uses the lighting in your immediate environment to light, shade, and reflect on the software elements in the device. The result is an incredible, immersive visual effect that would make you want to use your phone even more (as if that’s possible).
Take a look.
Burrough created a small-screen application to show how Project Erasmus works.
When he moves the phone around in the air, the buttons and elements on the screen react to the lighting of the room he’s in, complete with shading and highlights.
“It looks like the user-interface elements are physical objects that reside just beneath the surface of the screen, like you could reach in and touch them,” Burrough said in the video.
To make it work, Burrough attached to the top of his phone an Olloclip fish-eye-lens camera, which captures a wide-angle shot of the environment.
The software projects that environment map into a scene, which is used to construct lighting and reflections that affect the UI elements on the device.