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 …
"...turns any object into a touchscreen"?
Brings a whole new meaning to "windows on arm" that.
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....
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.
I watched the video...
was that a violation of an Apple patent I saw?
Re: I watched the video...
"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.
Perhaps they could create a parrot-shaped box for the shoulder mounted matey. Yarr
It's Microsoft so will it crash all the time?
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?
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.
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.
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.
<-- 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.
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/
too bad MIT didnt come out with it sooner. M$ version of the tech looks quite bulky compared!
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.
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...?
Didn't I see something similar...
... in Predator?
They better hurry....
.... they need this out in time for the release of windows 8 so people can actually use the Metro UI
I'm sure an indian guy from MIT had done something better than this on TED.... need to find the link..
good to microsoft trying new things, they might not be of much use at the moment but in years to come who nows