Microsoft’s OmniTouch turns any surface into a touchscreen Yes. Any. According to the article at Digital Trends, a team of researchers working at Microsoft have developed a more focused, personal multi-touch device.

“With the combined effort of the Carnegie Mellon Human Computer Interaction Institute and Microsoft, researchers have developed wearable hardware that turns any surface into a usable workspace.

Similar in design to the Microsoft Kinect for the Xbox 360, the OmniTouch device uses a camera that senses short-range depth, a small pico projector and a 3D modeling system to understand where the user is touching.

The projector and the camera have to be calibrated to the user in order for the touch system to accurately match up to the user’s actions. The device can sense when a user’s hand if hovering over the surface as well as understand the depth when a user taps a button on the main surface.”

Wow! Once they release this technology to the public I would be utterly impressed. I already am impressed with their Kinect technology, seeing as how it is more amazing than that of Nintendo’s Wii technology. This one though, will surely bring to fruition what we see in sci-fi movies.

Still, what they have accomplished now is very much amazing. Imagine what the possibilities are once companies will adopt this technology.

Finally, we have a price. Come November 4, Microsoft will be selling its Kinect controller for the Xbox at $150. The Kinect system recognizes users’ gestures and voices, so you can control on-screen characters in racing, action and sports games simply by speaking or moving your body. It will come packaged with a game, “Kinect Adventures”. The package probably has the rafting game in it.

The entry-level console, plus Kinect and the game, will also be available as a bundle for $300. Anybody planning to buy this? I think this is a great addition to their console which exceeds even the Wii. No more remote control! Yes! Now … I may be thinking of buying one but it ain’t the Kinect Adventures I will be obsessed playing. It’s that Star Wars Kinect game that I want!

Check out this video demo from ABC News as the user navigates her way along the river on a raft.

In a multi-million-dollar extravaganza complete with Hollywood celebrities and a private performance by the world-famous Cirque du Soleil, Microsoft today unveiled “Kinect,” its latest technological creation for game systems, at the Galen Center in Los Angeles.

I thought that when news first went about Project Natal, it would be a totally different system independent of XBox. Now, it seems that it is actually a device that works in conjunction with your XBox console.

New software allows users to direct the X-Box with their body movements. Kinect recognizes player’s movements and voices , and enables users to interact with their existing Xbox 360s and some games without a handheld controller.

“You are the controller,” said Mike Delman, corporate vice president of Global Marketing for the Interactive Entertainment Business. “You simply step in front of the sensor and Kinect sees you move, hears your voice and recognizes your face.”

Using full body motion capture, voice recognition and facial recognition, the device offers a new level of interaction that goes beyond immersive motion-controlled video games.

I have never had the interest to purchase any gaming console like Playstation, Xbox and even the Nintendo WII. But after this one, it sure changed my mind. I am very interested to get one. Microsoft has finally produced a product that can make them stand out from its competition.

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