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The Touchless Touch Screen User Interface

by Paul Strauss
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As much as I love my iPhone, I can’t stand getting fingerprints all over the phone’s beautiful glossy screen. So I was jazzed when the guys over at Norway’s Elliptic Labs let me know about their new touchless user interface technology.

ellipse labs touchless screen

The system is capable of detecting movements in 3-dimensions without ever having to put your fingers on the screen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jyx3hMq0Axg

Their patented touchless interface doesn’t require that you wear any special sensors on your hand either. You just point at the screen (from as far as 5 feet away), and you can manipulate objects in 3D.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuAIckCTaNo

Elliptic says the technology is compact enough that it could eventually be embedded into mobile devices. Representatives of the company will be on hand at the upcoming GDC show in San Francisco this February to show off their system in person.

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Comments (6):

  1. Nice, though I wonder how hard it will be to put the cursor in the exact spot you want from 5 feet away.

  2. I have just read an article about a gadget; floating chair which uses magnet to keep it floating but it needs to be kept 5 feet away from the telly.

    Incorporating this technology to a TV or computer would certainly help the sales of the chair.

  3. John says:

    Very cool, but Im not sure if it’s that practical. I mean who wants to hold up their hand and move their whole entire arm around for more than a few minutes.

  4. Tsgee says:

    while the sensor / area touchless surface is unlimited, sure a complex programming involved.

  5. Fazal Karim says:

    This is like Microsoft Surface Computing

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