Sunday, October 23, 2011

OmniTouch Tries to Change our Experience with Mobile Computing

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We've all had the experience of dealing with our mobile devices where we need more.  You know, more screen real estate, more room on our keyboards, more ability to share what we are seeing with those around us.
What if you could use almost anything for the screen if you really needed to?  That's the idea behind a new Microsoft project called OmniTouch.  The system which Microsoft says "is a wearable system that enables graphical, interactive, multitouch input on arbitrary, everyday surfaces" promises to allow us to potentially do away with keyboards & screens.
The system is basically a wearable laser based pico projector and a depth sensing camera similar to the one used on Microsoft's Kinect.  The system projects screen icons & can then sense where the users fingers are to tap & touch.
While the system is pretty big & bulky  now, you can bet that developers will get it small & hardly noticeable in the future.  Personally I'd like it somehow in a pair of glasses or sunglasses.

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