Thanks to a new Microsoft invention, we are all touch screens

At the UIST 2012 symposium in Santa Barbara, CA, Microsoft Research unveiled something they call OmniTouch, a device that uses a laser-based pico projector and a camera with depth-sensing capabilities to turn any surface-even the human body-into a touch screen. 

Hrvoje Benko of the Natural Interaction Research group at Microsoft said the team ‘wanted to capitalize on the tremendous surface area the real world provides.’ The device would essentially turn tables, notebooks, palms and walls into a touch screen surface.

That is crazy. Watch a video of OmniTouch in action.

It is always the future. Always.

-Drew Millard