Why play Fruit Ninja on a regular touch-screen tablet or smartphone when you can play it on a screen made of vapor?

Apparently, the future has arrived at CES 2013, where Huffington Post reporter Jason Gilbert demonstrated how to play the game on Displair, a motion-controlled display projected onto a cloud of vapor. (A display…in the air. Get it?) Check out the video:

Displair responds to hand movements via an infrared camera that recognizes 1,500 touches per second, making it just as fast and responsive as current tablets. Currently, Displair’s display is the equivalent of a 30-inch screen and is compatible with Android and Windows 7-based computers.

Retailing for about $10,000, Displair’s interactive aerial water-based display will hit the market in about 5 years. Jason calls it “mind-blowing” and “one of the coolest, most unique gadgets” at CES – and I have to agree. After impressing everyone at the conference, the company headed to Silicon Valley to meet with partners who can ideally help fund their technology.

“Such promising technology as Displair gives more freedom to software developers and hardware manufacturers,” says Sergey Sergeyev, who is responsible for international business development for Displair. “The most important thing is to find common ground for further cooperation.”

I’m not exactly sure what the best application of Displair is yet, but it’s hard to resist the utter coolness of playing Words with Friends or Angry Birds on air.

Amanda Pendolino

Amanda has been writing for several entertainment, tech, shopping and business websites since 2009. A resident of Los Angeles, she also works as a screenwriter, script reader and tutor. She's obsessed with film and TV, and is not afraid to admit that her Samsung Galaxy SIII is her most prized possession.