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Printed Optics

Interesting research from Disney Research,

http://www.disneyresearch.com/

explores using 3D printing with custom optical elements for interactive devices.

This embeds sensing, display and illumination features into the body of a device using Light Pipes printed with optically clear material.

(original link at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTeXTbXA6-Y).

Read more about the project and some potential uses at

http://www.disneyresearch.com/research/projects/hci_printedoptics_drp.htm

or read the research paper Printed Optics: 3D Printing of Embedded Optical Elements for interactive Devices at

http://www.disneyresearch.com/research/projects/PrintedOptics/printedoptics-paper.pdf

Other Useful Links:

Light Pipes: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light_tube

LED light Pipes: http://www.toby.co.uk/content/catalogue/series.aspx?category=87