Hardware

Microsoft's OmniTouch turns any surface into a touchscreen (photos)

Researchers from Microsoft and Carnegie Mellon University have shown off technology that can turn any surface into a touchscreen.

The OmniTouch is a wearable device that projects a graphical user interface, such as a computer desktop or a virtual keypad, onto any surface, from a table to a hand. Users can interact with these virtual interfaces using their fingers, which are tracked by sensors built into OmniTouch, in the same way they would use a touchscreen.

The prototype technology is on display at UIST 2012, the Association for Computing Machinery's 24th Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, that is being held in Santa Barbara, California.

Nick Heath from silicon.com provides the captions.

Photo: Microsoft Research/CMU

12 comments
birchyboy
birchyboy

I agree with Just In - Pranav Mistry's device is better, but it's been washing around for several years, because I think the intention was for the Free Software Foundation to provide the means and for users to make their own - http://code.google.com/p/sixthsense/wiki/Hardware either as individuals or businesses. However, If Microsoft produces one, it will be marketed as fast as they can manage, maybe using the XBox 360 motion sensors and, sadly, I think that will bury Sixth Sense.

chdchan
chdchan

I remember I played an ancient optical toy where a dim wall is lit with moving bird being pointed and shot with a gun from a distance. Is OmniTouch using this old concept?

asboyd
asboyd

Looks like there may be an issue with Names. OmniTouch has been registered by Alcatel-Lucent for its CPE range of products....!!!!! Handsets applications etc. But I do like the product and would n't mind one for evaluation purposes of course.....

Dukhalion
Dukhalion

There was a similar keyboard system a few years ago, which worked by displaying a keyboard on any surface using laser light.

maj37
maj37

Must be using some of the same technology that's in the device for motion sensing on the X-Box. Shoot I can't remember what it is called.

waltz
waltz

Does it pop-up over your shoulder like the one in "Predator"? When does it get weapons capability? ;-})

adampark
adampark

When I first saw the screenshot, I was reminded of what I saw on TED a few years back. It's called the "sixth-sense device" and it seems to work a lot better and more naturally, with a micro-projector of a cell phone (to be embedded), in place of a shoulder-mounted little gadget.