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Microsoft's research team has revealed a shoulder-mounted projector-cum-detector that can turn any surface in front of you into a gesture-sensitive display. The Wearable Multitouch Projector uses Kinect-like motion and depth cameras, as well as a pico projector, to let users turn any flat (ish) surface into a touchscreen. Check …

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Coat

"...turns any object into a touchscreen"?

Brings a whole new meaning to "windows on arm" that.

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Is this actually new?

I thought those smart whiteboards and those laser keyboards all include similiar technology? OK, it may work differently, but they track the fingers on something without embedded sensors....

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Re: Is this actually new?

They rely on things being a fixed distance away I think, this seems to create a model in 3D space, then does the same magic on top of it.

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Big Brother

I watched the video...

was that a violation of an Apple patent I saw?

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"was that a violation of an Apple patent I saw?"

No, you're OK for the moment. Apple haven't yet been granted the patent on watching a video.

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Perhaps they could create a parrot-shaped box for the shoulder mounted matey. Yarr

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Well...

It's Microsoft so will it crash all the time?

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Re: Well...

Curses!

I wanted to be first with the windscreen of death joke.

Oh wait, isn't this the one about Ford?

Why is the Fail icon red?

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shoulder-mounted projector-cum-detector! O realy

"shoulder-mounted projector-cum-detector", Fairly sure this was something the porn industry had already done, But I might be getting mixed up with the cum-projector-detector, shoulder mount edition.

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Re: shoulder-mounted projector-cum-detector! O realy

Here's another shot at it:

...not to be confused with the cum-projector-detector now in use by Facebook to filter user-posted images.

This thing looks like something the Predator's nerdy brother uses to watch porn.

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DAMN!

Someone else beat me to the cum jokes!

Guess that makes us all cum-entards...

Mine's the one you don't want to touch.

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<-- The reboot "gesture" for the EM tech in the linked article.

With this, we'd have to settle for "Bash head here to reboot." Depression in the wall indeed.

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Didn't MIT do something really similar a few years back? Their implementation was about the size of a large mobile phone which was hung from the wearer's neck like a pendant.

Here it is: http://www.pranavmistry.com/projects/sixthsense/

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6th sence

too bad MIT didnt come out with it sooner. M$ version of the tech looks quite bulky compared!

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The future?

Am I the only one who sees this as a fondle slab killer?

Put the tech in a phone with a vertical stand and an angled Projector onto the desk and instant fondleslab.

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Fondle Slab Killer?

Nope, I don't think so. The essence of a fondle slab is that you can -errr - fondle it. Of course it may see us stroking walls and tables, in which case will it have turned us into the tech equivalent of tree huggers...?

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Didn't I see something similar...

... in Predator?

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They better hurry....

.... they need this out in time for the release of windows 8 so people can actually use the Metro UI

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I'm sure an indian guy from MIT had done something better than this on TED.... need to find the link..

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good to microsoft trying new things, they might not be of much use at the moment but in years to come who nows

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