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The Whole World in Your Hand


Microsoft Research/Carnegie Mello University


The OmniTouch, a wearable device created by researchers at Microsoft and Carnegie Mellon University, can transform a hand, sheet of paper or table into a multi-touch, iPad-style interface.


Mounted on a shoulder, the OmniTouch can project such images as a typewriter keyboard, a blank notepad or a map, each tailored to the chosen surface. A depth-sensing camera looks for cylindrical objects (that is, fingers) and reports to a desktop computer whether they’re hovering, tapping, drawing or “pinching” the virtual screen. Somewhat cumbersome now, the system is designed for a future in which we look back on 4-inch smart-phone screens as hopelessly confining.


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