Startup Monday: Touchscreen Breakthrough From My Alma Mater!

It’s always exciting to see my alma mater, Carnegie Mellon, in the news – it’s even cooler when they’re making technology that will probably change the world. Well, that’s exactly what happened as TechCrunch just broke the news – CMU researchers have teamed-up with Microsoft to turn any surface, into a touchscreen.

The idea is to project an interface onto any surface you like allowing you to interact through a touchscreen-like interface. This means that your own body could be a touchscreen just as easily as a notepad, desk, or any other surface. The technology works by using a small projector that is mounted on your body utilizing a 3D scanner to get information back from the user. You can click with your finger, and drag and drop just like you would on a computer.

Right now the product is being branded as OmniTouch but something tells me this will change with each of the gazillion licensing deals ahead. From cars to cellphones to laptops this technology has a huge number of applications and given how hot tablets are this could signal the beginning of the next revolution.

Okay, enough talking about it, want to see OmniTouch in action?

{ 4 comments… add one }

  • Gene October 17, 2011, 11:19 am

    Fantastic breakthrough – love it. Very forseeable that they’ll merge this projection technology with haptic and hologram tech.

    When we’re all manipulating holograms with our fingers (like this: ), the innovation that will be unleashed will make today’s technology look prehistoric.

  • PDA October 17, 2011, 11:31 am

    This started as Touchlight, then explains what came next
    this is the next natural progression
    all based on same idea

    • Morgan October 17, 2011, 8:57 pm

      Thanks for sharing @PDA, very interesting and definitely the next step in the chain of innovation!

  • Louise October 17, 2011, 10:38 pm

    Hi @ Morgan, That’s the kind of news it’s great for future trend domainers to hear about – thanx!

    3D Augmented Reality, @ Everybody! 😀


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