Scientists at the Carnegie Mellon Human Computer Interaction Institute in a joint project with Microsoft have created a unique technology that enables a functional multi-touch screen to appear on almost any surface, including the body. Dubbed “Omnitouch,” the prototype uses a picoprojector and a short-range depth camera for taking 3D images (similar to a Microsoft Kinect) to project images with full multi-touch functionality onto whatever surface the user desires. It’s worn on the shoulder and doesn’t require calibration, training or instrumentation of the environment.
The Human-Computer Interaction Institute is an interdisciplinary community of students and faculty at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa., that conducts research and provides education on topics related to computer technology in support of human activity and society.
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