You can sometimes view prototypes videos like this OmniTouch demo and on the surface think they’re just pretty cool, but when you actually take the time to watch it a number of times it makes you sit up and question what this will eventually lead to?
The level of intereactivity and accuracy they have already achieved within a first generation prototype is pretty incredible. OmniTouch provides capabilities similar to that of a mouse or touchscreen. It is a wearable depth-sensing and projection system that enables interactive multitouch applications on everyday surfaces. It is now conceivable that anything you can do on today’s mobile devices, you could do in the palm of your hand.
The hardware is large at present but over the last decade we have all been witness to the incredible advancements in reducing the physical size of mobile phones and batteries whilst at the same time as they are required to perform more and more demanding tasks.
This is a great insight into what is being developed outside of the mainstream desktop and tablet platforms and it’s conceivable in the future that you could browse the web, read your favourite books, play your favourite games, socialise with friends and use your favourite apps without the need for any bulky hardware. We’d all look a bit weird on the tube though!
I do like the private & public viewing modes.
Will this take off? Time may tell…