GovLaunch: Using Your Skin as a Touch Screen

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    Allison Primack
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    An article in GovTech introduced a device called “OmniTouch”, which is by currently being designed by researchers at Microsoft and Carnegie Mellon University. OmniTouch turns any surface into a touch screen, and allows users to perform several functions. The video below has a full description of the product and displays how it works:


    What do you think of this newest technology? Is it useful, or just a fun gadget?

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    My hunch is that it’s only a matter of time before technology is more integrated with the human person’s body. With this particular device, I’m not sure I understand the usefulness…so seems more cool than practical. I am most impressed with the technology coming out these days that uses voice recognition – “touchless” technology.

  • #144247

    Jim Zepp
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    A more fully realized demonstration of how this technology integrated with advanced search and image recognition tools could function was demonstrated by MIT researchers using about $300 of existing products two years ago at the TED Conference. It is a fairly entertaining video that was popular at the time –http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/pattie_maes_demos_the_sixth_sense.html.

    As with other human interface alternatives, these may not be appropriate for all users in all environments for every application, but may have utility for some. Ask anyone who has searched for a left-handed, wireless trackball and they will tell you that it may not be for everyone, but if it helps some individuals to perform their work more efficiently, then it deserves consideration.

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    Doniele Ayres
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    I think this is a great prototype and I am looking forward to seeing this technology more fully developed!! What is interesting is the ability to have computing that is responsive to the user. I can see many useful applications for this type of technology.

  • #144243

    Jay Johnson
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    Reminds me of the computers in the film Minority Report.

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