Microsoft OmniTouch System Enables Wearable Multitouch Projection Everywhere

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OmniTouch Paper

Microsoft Research is at it again.  This time, they have created OmniTouch, a wearable multi-touch projection system in conjunction with Carnegie Mellon University.  Echoing some of the features demonstrated in Pranav Mistry's SixthSense project, the OmniTouch leverages the capabilities of a laser-based projector (ShowWX+™ from MicroVision) along with a depth-sensing camera from PrimeSense.  Here is a look at the prototype created for the research: 

 

 

 

In the researchers' own words, OmniTouch is "a novel wearable system that enables graphical, interactive, multitouch input on arbitrary, everyday surfaces. Our shoulder-worn implementation allows users to manipulate interfaces projected onto the environment (e.g., walls, tables), held objects (e.g., notepads, books), and their own bodies (e.g., hands, lap). A key contribution is our depth-driven template matching and clustering approach to multitouch finger tracking. This enables on-the-go interactive capabilities, with no calibration, training or instrumentation of the environment or the user, creating an always-available interface."

 

We are, once again, very excited to see (yet) another example of how pico projection technology can, and will, forever change our lives in the not-too-distant future.  Check out these fantastic demonstrations of the OmniTouch project below.  In addition, be sure to read the research report (attached PDF file).  Let us know what you think about OmniTouch and the possibilities of wearable touch projection.