World’s thinnest wireless touch interface

imadeit-davidjanes:

CSR has developed the world’s thinnest wireless touch interface to demonstrate the revolutionary potential of Bluetooth® Smart for computing interfaces. The flexible device, which is less than 0.5 mm thick, turns any area into a touch surface. Combining CSR’s low-power wireless technology with the latest in printable, flexible electronics from Conductive Inkjet Technology and touch screen sensing from Atmel, the device can be used to extend the touch interface of tablets and smartphones. 

Look Ma - No Hardware! Software Turns Dumb Paper into a Smart Touchscreen

Fujitsu has created a spatially aware Fingerlink Interaction System creates an interactive touchscreen like system using objects in the real world - both flat surfaces like paper and tables but also curved surfaces like books.

In this way - the system takes “dumb” items and makes them “smart”

The system doesn’t use any special hardware, it re-uses an ordinary webcam and a commercial projector. It relies on image processing technology to work its magic. 

The video demo shows how you can import information on the paper by selecting areas on the page to import as data. 

The system is designed to operate on specific gestures and will not react when you make ordinary motions on the table. The system uses finger height accurately in order to translate touch. The system can also be operated by gesture controls.

Gesture and spatial input for PC and other connected devices have received a lot of press lately with the likes of Thalmic Labs, Leap Motion and the updates from Microsoft for Kinect - but this is the first that I have seen of a company that is attempting to use this type of technology to merge the real world with the digital world outside of a typical screen.

More from Fujitsu’s press release here: http://www.fujitsu.com/global/news/pr/archives/month/2013/20130403-01.html

ANNOUNCEMENT: Lenovo announces their new ThinkPad T4 31S with new design focused on the keyboard and trackpad as well as a sleeker overall feel for the well respected notebook. 
The photo above shows the classic ThinkPad to the new version which will be available in April for $949. 
When asked what the future holds for ThinkPad - Corinna Proctor, Senior Research Manager says that they will always stay true to their heritage especially from a durability and reliability perspective. But Jason Parrish, Director of Strategy Planning added that touch capabilities are inevitable for the ThinkPad franchise as its a growing consumer demand in the marketplace.
Personally the session was pretty jarring to sit through after hearing about space tourism from thought leaders in the space program. The fact that the session was mainly focused on “innovation” of keyboards and trackpads is truly ironic in the face of gesture and mind-control options highlighted in Day 1 at this event. 
Follow along Day 2 at Engadget Expand on my live blog here: http://www.screengeekblog.com/engadget-expand-live-blog-coverage
Photo Credit: Sean Mayers - Screen Geek

ANNOUNCEMENT: Lenovo announces their new ThinkPad T4 31S with new design focused on the keyboard and trackpad as well as a sleeker overall feel for the well respected notebook. 

The photo above shows the classic ThinkPad to the new version which will be available in April for $949. 

When asked what the future holds for ThinkPad - Corinna Proctor, Senior Research Manager says that they will always stay true to their heritage especially from a durability and reliability perspective. But Jason Parrish, Director of Strategy Planning added that touch capabilities are inevitable for the ThinkPad franchise as its a growing consumer demand in the marketplace.

Personally the session was pretty jarring to sit through after hearing about space tourism from thought leaders in the space program. The fact that the session was mainly focused on “innovation” of keyboards and trackpads is truly ironic in the face of gesture and mind-control options highlighted in Day 1 at this event. 

Follow along Day 2 at Engadget Expand on my live blog here: http://www.screengeekblog.com/engadget-expand-live-blog-coverage

Photo Credit: Sean Mayers - Screen Geek

bitesbitesbites:

Gallery One - Biggest Interactive Wall In The US Invites Visitors To Touch ItCleveland Museum of Art is an interactive wall display—the biggest in the US—that merges art and technology. Gallery One—a dynamic and evolving piece of wall art created by forward-thinking design firm Local Projects—is the first of its kind to encourage engagement from museum-goers. Measuring 40-feet in length, this multi-touch screen is the largest in the US and is capable of displaying over 3,500 items—including masterpieces by Pablo Picasso. Synced with an iPad app, the wall guides visitor through the art and provides multiple perspectives on the collections. http://bit.ly/WRdltt

bitesbitesbites:

Gallery One - Biggest Interactive Wall In The US Invites Visitors To Touch It
Cleveland Museum of Art is an interactive wall display—the biggest in the US—that merges art and technology. Gallery One—a dynamic and evolving piece of wall art created by forward-thinking design firm Local Projects—is the first of its kind to encourage engagement from museum-goers. Measuring 40-feet in length, this multi-touch screen is the largest in the US and is capable of displaying over 3,500 items—including masterpieces by Pablo Picasso. Synced with an iPad app, the wall guides visitor through the art and provides multiple perspectives on the collections.
http://bit.ly/WRdltt

World’s First Dynamic Tactile screen unveiled at this year’s CES from Tactus. A breakthrough dynamic user interface for CE, mobile and automotive devices — completely transparent physical buttons that rise up from a touchscreen surface on demand.

Expecting Late 2013 / early 2014 production. Great use for automobiles, game controllers, braille or really for those that need the feel of a keyboard. 

According to the Tactus Technology website:

What if buttons could morph out of the surface of your device? Tactus Technology has developed a new tactile user interface for touchscreen devices that does exactly that. Tactus provides a new dimension to touchscreens by enabling real, physical buttons that rise up from the surface on demand, and then recede back into the screen, leaving a perfectly flat, transparent surface when gone.”

Another inspiring concept of technology in the future and how screens or surfaces will play a key role in changing how we interact with our world and the people in it.

Microsoft uses a combination of multi-surfaces, touch, voice and augmented reality to show a future which connects us in ways we are only beginning to understand and use today.