Augmented and mixed reality technologies are getting increasingly advanced as developers see the potential latent in the concept, and the Lantern by Nord Projects, a Google Experiments project built using Android Things, a laser projector, and a Raspberry Pi, is working to expand the reach of AR as much as possible. The captivating lamp projects light to turn virtually any object or surface into a smart interface.
Lantern shines lasers on objects to create interfaces. For example, it might make markings on a clock to show when a user has scheduled meetings and appointments throughout the day, or it could shine on a speaker to show what song is currently playing. The beauty of the device is that it eliminates the need for many expensive smart objects, simply making one's normal objects temporarily smart for as long as is needed.