Microsoft shows off its “any surface” touch screen technology

By on March 7, 2012
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Would you like your smartphone on a wall? We thought so.


Soon there will be no smartphones, but just projectors worn besides our heads that will work as a display and a touch screen. It sounds a bit ridiculous right now, but folks at Microsoft Research are steadily moving in that direction with their “any surface” touch screen technology called OmniTouch.

In this video, Microsoft researcher Hrvoje Benko shows a bulky contraption that has a projector and a Kinect motion sensor working in tandem to provide a visual smartphone interface by simply touching on a solid surface like a wall. The moment the gadget is ‘instructed’ to display the interface, it projects an image which can be controlled by finger taps and gestures just like on a smartphone. Benko also used a notepad to project the image, showing the gadget’s capability of adapting to surface size.

It’s an impressive piece of technology although it is still years away from public consumption. Microsoft hopes to minimize the size so its easier to carry and implement into other technology.



Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

  • Nilegate

    There had been a competition on MBC TV for the young Arab inventors and I remember that the guy who won this competition was an Egyptian who created a similar concept but different way of having a touch enable surface that could be made of any material (wood, glass, metal…).
    Microsoft here is using a projector/Kinect like tech which also can form another way of achieving the goal of “Any Surface” touch tech.

  • Brandon Fernandes

    An Indian guy already did this WAAAY back, it was shown in TEDeX. 

  • Bowstring

    All this is. Is a notice of their intention for Patents and Copyright abuse on future use. Or where it has been done before, We have more money so our system is better than yours, Give us your patents or else we sue  your ass, springs too mind.

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