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Disney “Touché” Could Turn Your Body Into A Touch Screen

Submitted by on May 7, 2012 – 10:13 am4 Comments

A new video from Disney Research (yes, like the Mickey Mouse company) shows amazing developments in technology that could one day turn your whole body into a touch screen, as you control devices completely with gestures. Called Touché, it looks like a big step forward for touch recognition software, and could have many applications.

The video explains it better than I can, but basically, traditional touch recognition software effectively only registers two things: “touching” and “not touching.” By tracking more frequencies, Touché can register many more types of movements and gestures. This in turn enables it to do things like work without a touch surface, or work in water.

The “Application Concept” (possible uses for the technology) section is kind of hilarious- it buries the most amazing one in the middle of some odd ideas. Training kids to use a spoon for cereal? Is this really a big problem? And putting a sign up on a door? A piece of paper and a Sharpie are a lot less complicated.


I was very impressed by the demonstrations of the software recognizing gestures without a touch surface. And the idea that these gestures could come to control our mobile devices seems like a logical next step. Combine it with Microsoft’s interactive hologram desk, and you have the evolution of input right there.

What do you think? Will we soon be controlling our iPods by waving our hands in the air?

[via Gizmodo]

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