Omnitouch by Microsoft converts every surface to a touch screen
Omnitouch, a new technology developed by Carnegie-Mellon University and Microsoft consists of a wearable kinect-like sensor/ projector which is capable of converting almost any surface into a touch screen.
The video below reveals how this technology functions. The shoulder-mounted prototype is designed to recognize by gesture, the surface to be used as a touch screen. Any surface including the palm of the hand, the forearm, a hand-held notebook or a wall can be gestured to be used as a touch-screen.
Once the surface is selected, a projection is beamed onto it which can then be touched and manipulated just like a regular touch screen. It’s interesting to see how the device follows the movements of the selected surface in order to maintain the area of projection.
A very similar technology called the ‘sixth-sense‘ was originally introduced a few years ago by Pranav Mistry, a PhD student in the Fluid Interfaces Group at the MIT Media Lab. The video below reveals more about the sixth sense: