G-8 Showcase for New Technology

Users can drag icons around the Heliodisplay with their fingers.
Users can drag icons around the Heliodisplay with their fingers.

The Savannah College of Art and Design is taking advantage of the thousands of international eyes in town for the G-8 summit by setting up a booth at the International Media Center on Hutchinson Island. Dean of communications Bruce Chong put it this way: "What better opportunity to, in a very nice way, to be able to provide as much information as possible about the college? I mean, I couldn't pay enough money to be able to reach these people."

The college is focusing on its higher-tech programs. "We have artwork hanging throughout the building, but the booth itself is a good place for people to come and see some of the high-tech digital media that students create in some of our computer-based programs," Chong said.

Hosting this summit is a chance for our government to show off all kinds of the innovative technology America can bring to the world table.

One of the cool new technologies our government wanted foreign visitors to see is a future computer monitor consisting of nothing but light and air. It's called the Heliodisplay and it can show anything a regular monitor can, projected onto air streaming from a base.

"The government invited us because they found out about our technology and said, 'We'd like you to display this new technology at this summit,'" said Michael Morton of IO2 Technology, which makes the Heliodisplay.

The Heliodisplay is still only a prototype, but it's being shown at the summit because it will ultimately have practical uses for consumers around the world, and even G-8 leaders around the summit table.

"You put a slit in a conference room table. You put this unit, which would be smaller because this is a prototype, you project the image through the slit, and now you've got people around both sides of the table who can see the same image," explained Morton. He added that the image on the other side would be mirrored, so that even text could be read from either side.

It's just a little bit of American know-how to share with the world.

Reported by: Charles Gray, cgray@wtoc.com