Some Cool New Microsoft R&D Touch Related Prototypes!
First one is self cleaning touch screen; for health concerns.
Microsoft is attempting to patent a self cleaning touch screen.
The technology would enable the use of touch screens in public places where masses of individuals interact with a touch screen on a daily basis. ATMs, checkout kiosks and airport checking machines all use touch screens. The potential for spreading germs and disease across such machines is high thanks to the large amount of people who make use of said machines. “Even if a touchscreen associated with a public kiosk was cleaned on a daily basis, there could be hundreds, if not thousands, of people interacting with the device between cleanings, creating a significant gateway to transmitting illness,” explains Microsoft in a patent filing.
Microsoft’s patent application describes a way for devices to have UV LEDs alongside backlight LEDs. The technology uses proximity sensors to activate a sterilization process across the touch screen to ensure it is cleaned when not in use. Techie Buzz, who spotted the patent on Thursday, note that the technology could be a unique selling point for Microsoft’s future touch devices, including Windows 8.
Second one is pocket touch where you can use touch devices while they are under your cloths. For example, change the current song or reject a call while the phone is in your pocket.
Microsoft’s Research teams have developed a way to interact with touch screen devices through clothing.
The software giant is due to present its work on the technology at the Association for Computing Machinery Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology in California this week. Microsoft has developed a method that involves a custom sensor on the back of a smartphone. The sensor allows users to control the device through clothing.
Third one is OmniTouch; touch for ANY surface. Just watch the video. Imagine this becoming small enough to fit like one of those one sided earphone+mic Bluetooth devices so that you can wear it anywhere.
Microsoft is developing a new technology in its research labs that will allow users to touch any surface as if it were a touch screen.
The technology is called OmniTouch and was born in Microsoft’s Research labs. The software giant has created a prototype unit that is wearable and projects images onto various surfaces. The interactions can take place on the go with no calibration required. Imagine holding up your hand and dialling a number in the palm of your hand, that’s how OmniTouch works. ”We wanted to capitalize on the tremendous surface area the real world provides,” explains Hrvoje Benko, of the Natural Interaction Research group. “The surface area of one hand alone exceeds that of typical smart phones. Tables are an order of magnitude larger than a tablet computer. If we could appropriate these ad hoc surfaces in an on-demand way, we could deliver all of the benefits of mobility while expanding the user’s interactive capability.”
Finally, the HoloDeck has a lot of potential for future gaming. My personal opinion is that this will be coming with next XBOX!
Microsoft’s Research team revealed one of their latest projects on Wednesday.
“HoloDesk” is the latest in Microsoft’s work on natural user interface (NUI). The project was born in the Sensors and Devices group at Microsoft Research cambridge. HoloDesk lets users manipulate 3D virtual images with their hands. Microsoft blogger Steve Clayton introduced the technology on Wednesday and says he “can envisage future applications in areas such as board gaming, rapid prototype design or perhaps even telepresence, where users would share a single 3D scene viewed from different perspectives.”
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