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The Internet, projected onto the palm of your hand

Trapped onto a LCD display, the digital world and all its information feels divorced from organic objects. But what if everything and anything could become a digital screen? The line between the physical and the virtual would blur pretty fast.

Technology is making this possible, and maybe sooner than you think. The presentations I’ve seen during the past two weeks have included a wide variety of everyday items projecting digital information onto organic objects. The image could be the display from your compact digital camera, a feat that Nikon’s latest product can undertake. Or perhaps you want information from your dashboard up near the windshield so you don’t have to take your eyes off the road. The 2010 Toyota Prius can pull it off.

To take this to the next level, information won’t just be projected onto organic surfaces. It will display as an interactive touch-screen. Researchers at MIT have put together a prototype device (made for just a few hundreds bucks with spare parts) that makes this possible. Watch the video demonstration to get the full effect, but the gist of it is that you could project everything from your watch to your cell phone keypad onto any flat surface, then push the buttons from there. You could even take pictures and resize images using hand motions instead of hardware.

One wonders if we’ll ever be able to turn the Internet off. Once it’s projected everywhere you look, even onto your hand, the digital world may get hard to distinguish from physical reality.