(from project website)
I've come across numerous interesting applications developed by university researchers that I haven't seen come to market. Part of the problem, I think, is that most of the world isn't yet ready for these innovations. Things seem to be changing a bit, so I thought I'd highlight some promising projects from the recent past that warrant revisiting.
Dynamo is a "communal, multi-user surface for sharing and exchanging digital media", according to information from the project's website.
"The idea is for it to be installed in public community centers, like cafes, bars, libraries and other places where people get together and share experiences, but usually only have lightweight technology on them - like mp3 players and digital cameras. Dynamo allows people to plug-in these personal devices via USB2, and place files onto the wall by drag and drop (e.g. music, photos, videos, office docs or live web-pages) via it's multi-user UI."
The project was a joint effort between the Mixed Reality Lab at Nottingham University and the Interact Lab at Sussex University.
Article: Dynamo: A public interactive surface supporting the cooperative sharing and exchange of media