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Video: Imagine an elastic touch screen that really lets you dig in

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Video: Imagine an elastic touch screen that really lets you dig in
This certainly delves into the world of science fiction, except it will not be fiction much longer, not when creative minds at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are involved.

Dhairya Dand and Rob Hemsley have developed an interactive display which, when paired with depth cameras, can interpret inputs along a third axis of motion, pushing and pulling on the display. The result is a well deserved, “Wow!”

Called “Obake,” which loosely means “shape shifter” from Japanese, but more accurately means “ghost,” the display accepts additional inputs through pinching and pulling, as well as pressing deep into the interface. The depth cameras can sense varying degrees of input. On top of that, mixed –multi-input will work as well, pinch-pull and press, and combinations between.

The display retains inputs by using linear actuators which keep the screen “pinched” if you pulled out a mountain in the landscape for example. Dand points out that this approach redefines the nature of input away from other methods which rely on illusions of 3D, and GUI inputs that are rooted in two-dimensional thinking.

Dand and Hemsley envision this technology finding its way to smarphones. With this kind of elasticity, you can kiss cracked displays good-bye.

source: ExtremeTech

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posted on 21 Apr 2013, 18:28 2

1. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

Hey this looks interesting. I just love all this tech & what people will come up with to use such tech. I can't imagine what my 4 year old will have available when he is 21.


posted on 22 Apr 2013, 03:32

4. poopApple (banned) (Posts: 38; Member since: 12 Apr 2013)

creative and interesting

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 21:05 2

2. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)

Awesome! But will it be practical enough?

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 09:11

5. stychill (unregistered)

Honestly, all i want to know is why. What could it be used for?

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 00:43 1

3. TheMan (Posts: 493; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

In a word: Nurple

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 12:51

6. ZeroCide (Posts: 785; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)

looks messy.. ewwwww i got screen on my fingers or ewwwwww i stepped in fome screen.

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