Taking the Screen Out of Touchscreen
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Microsoft have together created a new way to interface with electronics, called OmniTouch. By combining a projector with a depth sensor, similar to the Microsoft Kinect, a display can be placed on any surface, including curved ones, and interacted with, as though it were a massive multitouch screen. At present the device is placed on the user’s shoulder, making it less than ideal for some, but the technology could one day be shrunk down to the size of a deck of cards, or even a matchbox. Also a plus for OmniTouch is it does not require calibration to operate, so it can tell the difference between a finger clicking or hovering over a position.