Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Expected items in SIGGRAPH Asia 2009

Airflow Interaction With Floating Images




This new optical device forms virtual images that appear to float in the air. In combination with a contact-less airflow detector, it provides a new method of interaction. The floating image reacts when users blow air into it.



BiDi Screen: A Thin, Depth-Sensing LCD for 3D Interaction Using Light Fields




An LCD screen is transformed into a BiDi (bidirectional) screen to support 2D multi-touch and walk-up 3D gesture interaction.



FlexTorque: Innovative Haptic Interface for Realistic Physical Interaction in Virtual Reality




The idea behind FlexTorque is to reproduce human muscle structures that allow us to perform dexterous manipulations and interactions. The result is a wearable haptic interface that presents realistic kinesthetic stimulus to the human arm.



Fur Display




Fur Display presents touchable fur with surprising dynamic movement. The device is simple and small, so it can be placed on clothing, appliances, or personal belongings, where it becomes a useful, friendly interface in our daily lives.



Lumarca




Lumarca (latin for “light box”) is a truly volumetric display that allows viewers to see three-dimensional images. The system requires only a computer, a projector, and common materials found at most hardware stores.



MemoIcon: Using Everyday Objects as Physical Icons




MemoIcon increases productivity with a new interaction method based on pattern recognition and multi-touch techniques. It easily binds virtual information to everyday real objects and transforms them into physical icons that embody virtual tasks as tangible items. Virtual information becomes tangible and physically present.



PUYO-CON




It enables input based on direct touch, force, and shape transformation. Because the soft material is “crash-worthy”, the controller can even be thrown.



SixthSense: A Wearable Gestural Interface




This prototype is comprised of a pocket projector, a mirror, and a camera. The hardware components are contained in a pendant-like wearable device. The projector projects visual information on walls and other physical objects, which become interfaces, while the camera recognizes and tracks the user’s hand gestures and physical objects using computer-vision techniques.



Check my updated story about SixthSense at Touch User Interface.



The Cubtile: 3D Multitouch Brings Virtual Worlds Into the User’s Hands




This demonstration combines the cubtile, a new 3D multitouch device that expands tactile input from surface-only interaction to full-volume manipulation, with an augmented-reality-like setup that blends interaction and visualization spaces to put 3D objects between the user’s hands.



Touch the Untouchable




This prototype system employs a laser range finder to determine the distance to a given object. Users can feel the shape of the object in real time even though it exists inside a glass case.



Volume Slicing Display




The Volume Slicing Display enables interactive exploration of volumetric data (for example, medical images) using a piece of plexiglass (or paper) that functions both as a control interface and a passive, untethered projection screen.



Source:Emerging Technologies SIGGRAPH Asia 2009 (via Architectradure)

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Apple falls on previous Newton tablet designer

Link: Apple falls on previous Newton tablet designer

Laser Pointer Interfaces for Robots

Link: Laser Pointer Interfaces for Robots


Hmmm.. Laser pointer is a multitouch for robots. Cool and creative.



[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/v/ty4pI4gw22Y]

Robot Interface using Smart Home's Tabletop Computer

Link: Robot Interface using Smart Home's Tabletop Computer

Merging two cutting edge interaction technologies - robots and surface computers



[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/v/OhLXvujxLts]

Another Courier UI Video (via Vimeo)

While in real life we don’t need to understand the Newtonian laws to be able to use them, in the software world it is not that simple. Since there is no natural gravity within the computer, the Newtonian laws don’t apply naturally either. We need to introduce physics into the GUI.

Physics in touch - spatial nodes: A good article about the interaction on tabletop computers

Is Lifenote alive?

Link: Is Lifenote alive?

It’s one of projects I’ve been interested in. But it seems that they’ve almost ceased business (or was acquired by MS??).


Low Tech Version of Microsoft Sphere - Kellbot! · Life-Size Katamari Lives

Link: Low Tech Version of Microsoft Sphere - Kellbot! · Life-Size Katamari Lives




Everything We Know About Apple’s Touchscreen Tablet

Link: Everything We Know About Apple’s Touchscreen Tablet

d-touch.org home page

Link: d-touch.org home page

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/v/cKd8NXWwvKI]

In-depth Analysis : Display-use ITO Target Industry Trends

Link: In-depth Analysis : Display-use ITO Target Industry Trends

Global ITO Target Demand Forecast


Monday, September 28, 2009





Tribons Future Computer is All About Mobility | Concept Phones





Burst Projector Concept Cell Phone Proposal for LG | Future Technology





Tabelit Sensory Toy for People with Learning Disability | Future Technology





Slider Ultra Mobile Computer Concept | Future Technology

Intel’s Quad-Display Touch Notebook Concept

Intel’s latest upbeat notebook design concept is definitely something to look forward to. Stop guessing about the design as it is beyond guessing. To beat the two screens notebook model, Intel has brought a revolution in the field of touch-screen technology. Its latest model has three mini touch-enabled displays apart from a primary 15.4-inch display. Quite revolutionary, isn’t it?

The three mini touch screens are located horizontally just above the keyboard. One regular LCD screen plus three supplementary OLED screens enable the user to switch between his multiple documents. The user can easily handle more than one tasks at one go. The unusual idea makes it possible to keep an eye on three mini screens and flip the content from one particular mini screen to the main LCD screen. 

The purpose of the Intel’s Quad-Display Touch Notebook Concept is to make user possible to manage his or her work in the most orderly and methodical way. Dragging or flipping all kinds of files from mini screens to LCD screen is as easy as ABC. A touch of a finger and you are done. Apart from flipping documents, Intel’s multi-touch notebook also enables one to contract, zoom, scroll, and pan content from one screen to another.

Until the invention of Intel’s Quad-Display Touch Notebook, multitasking was tedious when it came to handle more than one task on the regular one display notebook, but not anymore. Intel’s latest discovery’s three OLED additional screens with the main LCD screen are surely like icing on the cake. It is time to be systematic in a smart way. It is time to look forward to feel four screens of a fabulous notebook design.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Large Dual Display Multi Touch Game

Dual displays are not just for tablet PCs.

 

Multi Touch Virtual Keyboard from Microsoft

Microsoft filled a patent application of an adaptive multi touch keyboard. The keyboard, as the patent claims, adjusts its layout according to a user’s hand position.

 


VIRTUAL KEYBOARD BASED ACTIVATION AND DISMISSAL -

 

Compare it with Apple’s virtual keyboard patent for iPhone.

 


Operation of a computer with touch screen interface -

 

Roughly speaking, Microsoft’s keyboard is suitable for large multi touch displays while that of Apple is good for mobile devices.

Courier: Microsoft’s New Tablet PC Concept

Microsoft has introduced a new tablet concept called "Courier".



Microsoft’s Courier is a device with dual 7-inch touch screens that enables one to jot, doodle, and flip with stylus. More than a tablet, it is a booklet with a camera at backside. Microsoft is in the procedure of developing this astounding device to enhance its features so that gadget-lovers will fall in love with this multitouch mechanism.  Though Courier does not come with any kind of tangible or virtual keypad, it is highly user friendly due its inbuilt handwriting recognition software. Its inbuilt camera and Wi-Fi connectivity surely make it stand in crowd.

Courier is definitely an elegant journal which makes it possible to manage your documents with ease. You can easily save your documents including web pages, notes, photographs and other kind of information. Courier will enable users to install various applications supported by this device. Till now all the photographs and videos giving the demo of Microsoft’s new product are denoting the exciting features of this device.  Courier has already created quite a stir among the target audience, little more wait and soon the device will be available in the market.

Microsoft’s Courier booklet has more than one could have imagined. Recent videos that are available for curious people out there give a complete demo of the device. The demo explains all the features of the digital scrapbook. Organized folder arrangements, easy search option, multiple web pages browsing and easy downloading are some of the user-friendly features of Courier that will make it simpler to manage your schedules and plans. We can say that courier is a huge virtual diary that uses digital ink.

One can publish the data from Courier online. The hinge between the screens is used as a compartment to put items you want to shift from one page to another. The battery life and signal can be verified by looking at the edge of one of the touch screens. Courier will surely unearth more of its irresistible features in the coming future, till then we can’t help but wait.  

The concept of dual-display tablets is not new, but it's important that OS giant Microsoft now has really interested in it.
As pointed by many resources, it seems to be a descendant of Microsoft’s Codex and InkSeine Project.





As for bonus links, I list down my previous posts on dual-display laptop and tablet concepts.




Toshiba Tactility Cell Phone for the Blind by Siwei Liu » Yanko Design





Nokia CLIPit Concept Mobile Phone by Ziba Hemmati, Mohammad Zamani, Mir Kazem khalifezadeh, Rasul Shokrani & Ali Khajuee » Yanko Design

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Painting For The Blind - The Magic Of Assistive Technology


The Touch Color Concept is the innovation in the world of assistive technology to prove that creation of art does not necessarily require eyesight. A Thermal digital tablet and a Rainbow Color picking ring in this gadget enable a blind person to paint his imagination on the tablet with his fingers. The tablet makes it possible to sketch and paint beautiful digital pictures. The rainbow picker in this device has 24 vibrant shades. One can scroll the ring to choose the color. Color can be identified by sensing the Braille dots on each color.

Rainbow Picking Ring

The rainbow picking ring can be captured with the help of the fingers. The ring can be scrolled to select any color from 24 shades. The Braille dots on the shades help to identify different colors. Further, the gadget makes a distinction between colors by producing diverse temperatures due to LED bulbs. It is nothing but the touch of technology that transforms color from the rainbow ring on to the thermal drawing board.

Thermal Drawing Board/Tablet

When a blind person selects color on the ring with the help of his finger, the thermal-color display technology makes him possible to visualize the outlines of a picture and colors rightly. The color gets transmitted on the tablet and one could draw with his fingers. One can use Braille stylus to outline the picture and paint like a pro.

Other Aids

The thermal board has a cavity that holds the rainbow ring in place while drawing. The switch button enables to study the surface of the tablet and to create the picture due to its study mode and creation mode. The picture can be saved, deleted and transferred easily. A hearing device on the tablet instructs the painter to help him come up with a near to perfect artwork.

The Touch Color Concept is a must have device for those who are suffering from color blindness. The touch screen technology has gone beyond the senses with this ground-breaking invention. All credit goes to the master minds behind this new age gizmo - Yun Li, Guopeng Liang & Ke Zhao. It is an era to paint with the soul and not with the eyes.

Source: Touch Color Helps Blind People to Draw | Future Technology

What will it take to make you wanna touch?

Link: What will it take to make you wanna touch?

GBM Shortcut: Pinch and Zoom with Lenovo X200T Tablet PC

Link: GBM Shortcut: Pinch and Zoom with Lenovo X200T Tablet PC




Intel’s Quad-Display Touch Notebook Concept | GottaBeMobile.com

Link: Intel’s Quad-Display Touch Notebook Concept | GottaBeMobile.com

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/v/RDXUwr6UuZ4]

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Fingerworks Multi Touch Controller

Fingerworks is a pioneer of multi touch technology and has been acquired by Apple. I collected three videos demonstrating its multi touch products.

 

Fingerworks iGesture Capacitive Multitouch controller

 

In-depth Analysis : Display-use ITO Target Industry Trends

Link: In-depth Analysis : Display-use ITO Target Industry Trends

Through “In-Depth Analysis: Display-use ITO Target Industry Trends”, Displaybank offers analysis and forecast for the overall ITO industry including ITO Target demands & shipment trends and ITO replacement development trend


Global ITO Target Demand Forecast

Smoothboard 1.6 Release | Smoothboard.net - The Wiimote Whiteboard

Link: Smoothboard 1.6 Release | Smoothboard.net - The Wiimote Whiteboard

Smoothboard 1.6 is a Wiimote Whiteboard \ Wii Whiteboard software that contains a customizable floating toolbar that allows effortless control of your presentations. The built-in annotation feature allows you to write and highlight directly on top of any application or document. You can also create snapshots of the screen automatically with Smoothboard.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009





Conceptual Playstation 4 with Glass Touchscreen Panel | Future Technology





A Feel Good Thing Gaming Device by Yee Von » Yanko Design

Apple Haptic Touchscreen Patent

Multi-touch display screen with localized tactile feedback
Systems, methods, computer-readable media, and other means are described for utilizing touch-based input components that provide localized haptic feedback to a user. The touch-based input components can be used and/or integrated into any type of electronic device, including laptop computers, cellular telephones, and portable media devices. The touch-based input components can use, for example, a grid of piezoelectric actuators to provide vibrational feedback to a user, while the user scrolls around a click wheel, slides across a trackpad, or touches a multi-touch display screen.

Multi-touch display screen with localized tactile feedback -

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Large-area TFT-LCD Panel Development Strategies & Roadmap Analysis - PART II. NotePC

Link: Large-area TFT-LCD Panel Development Strategies & Roadmap Analysis - PART II. NotePC

Based on each Panel makers’ technology development strategy and product lineup plan, the newly published Displaybank’s Report analyzed market ramifications from corresponding technology as well as new product development plan. The Report is divided into 3 Parts including TV & PID, NotePC and LCD Monitor that is anticipated to benefit all companies involved in Display supply chain including Component makers, Panel makers and Set makers.

Touch Technology (from Information Display - Display Week 2009 Review)

Link: Touch Technology (from Information Display - Display Week 2009 Review)

Monday, September 7, 2009

Piezoelectric oxide semiconductor field effect transistor touch sensing devices

Link: Piezoelectric oxide semiconductor field effect transistor touch sensing devices

This work presents piezoelectric oxide semiconductor field effect transistor (POSFET) based touch sensing devices. These devices are fabricated by spin coating thin (~2.5  µm) piezoelectric polymer…





Touch Color Helps Blind People to Draw | Future Technology





Surface display (display everywhere)


E-Ink Display Technology Implementation by Continuum | Future Technology

Piezoelectric oxide semiconductor field effect transistor touch sensing devices

Link: Piezoelectric oxide semiconductor field effect transistor touch sensing devices

This work presents piezoelectric oxide semiconductor field effect transistor (POSFET) based touch sensing devices. These devices are fabricated by spin coating thin (~2.5  µm) piezoelectric polymer…





Another low tech touch pad.


quirky | social product development





Low tech touch pad


Notepad-card by Piotrek Gorski » Yanko Design





Samsung WM Gaming System by Wilson Song » Yanko Design

22Miles, Interactive Solutions for Web, Mobile, and Touch Screen

Link: 22Miles, Interactive Solutions for Web, Mobile, and Touch Screen




Liquavista - Electrowetting based low power, always viewable color video displays

Sunday, September 6, 2009

DIOTEK SmartFinger

Link: DIOTEK SmartFinger

SmartFinger is a program that allows you to enter text easily and conveniently using a terminal with touch screen and Windows Mobile 5 or higher versions.





Nice article on the current trend of the touch industry.


Touchscreen popularity fuels lots of startups | VentureBeat





It lacks one important function as a desktop gadget - a mouse pad.


Multifunction Desktop Device Is All-in-one Messless Concept - The Design blog

Touchscreen Technologies: Resistive and Capacitive Fight for Cell Phone Share

Link: Touchscreen Technologies: Resistive and Capacitive Fight for Cell Phone Share

Sensitive Skin

Link: Sensitive Skin

V. J. Lumelsky wrote a longsighted article entitled “sensitive skin” and claimed that sensitive skins could drive new research initiatives.

Touch screen patents

This is a list of patents for representative touch screen technologies. Each touch screen technology is well described in “A survey of mainstream & emerging touch technologies” by G. Walker.

 

Analog Resistive

Digital Resistive (Multi-Touch)

Surface Capacitive

  • US4806709

Surface Acoustic Wave

Traditional Infrared

Projected Capacitive

Camera-Based Optical

Acoustic Pulse Recognition

Bending Wave (DST)

Force Sensing

Waveguide Infrared

LCD In-Cell Optical

LCD In-Cell Capacitive

LCD In-Cell Resistive

FTIR

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