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.