Touchscreen moves out of the Screen

While the world’s ooh-ing and ah-ing with Microsoft Surface some time ago for its engaging and intuitve interaction, researchers within the campus are moving on to yet another interesting interface – touch control but out of the screen.

Called SideSight, the interface allows you to control a phone placed on a table by wiggling your fingers in the space around it. This helps to solve the problem that a touch screen is limited by the need for fingers to touch it – thereby limiting how small the screen can go.

Personally I see application of this more outside of the phone though – how often do you place a phone down on the table? But think about things like ultramobile laptops and stuff – a virtual trackpad if you wil – and things start getting more interesting.

[via New Scientist]

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