List of Physical Visualizations
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2004 – XenoVision Mark III: A Dynamic Solid Terrain Model


The XenoVision Mark III Dynamic Sand Table by the company Xenotran is a self-reconfigurable solid terrain model with military applications. There is little information on this device but it seems well ahead of its time. Michael Schmitz and coauthors explain how this high-resolution shape display with 7000 actuators was originally inspired by a scene from the X-Men movie (see our entry 2000 – A Shape Display Appears in a Movie). 


  1. Directions Magazine (2004) Interview with Xenotran Founder, Dr.Derrick Page.
  2. Images by Xenotran.

Added by: Pierre Dragicevic. Category: Enabling technology  Tags: cartographic, military, movie, solid terrain model