The world at your finger tips…literally!

Published on October 27th, 2011
The world at your finger tips…literally!

Picture this: dialing a number on the palm of your hand, making notes on the kitchen counter or drawing on walls, and not with crayons like when you were little.

Well, a new device puts the world at your fingertips, ready to be swiped, tapped and pinched as if it were a touchscreen.

Enter the OmniTouch, a prototype developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Microsoft Research.

How does it work? Well, you basically have a device that’s mounted to your shoulder. At the moment its quite a bulky contraption, but developers are hoping to get it down to the size of a matchbox in a couple of years.

The device pairs a depth-sensing camera with a mini-projector. As the compact projector displays keyboards, screens, or controls, the camera follows finger movements.

Check out this video to find out exactly how it works.

The developers say their aim is to remove the Smartphone out of your pocket so you don’t have to carry around any electronics, except this tiny item.

The world is headed in the direction of becoming one big interface!