Archive for October, 2007

The LucidTouch’s Novel Approach to Multi-touch Interfaces

Just read a nice article on New Scientist about work by Microsoft and Mitsubishi on a novel approach to handling the occlusion problem and the “fat finger” problem of current multi-touch interfaces. There’s also a video of a prototype of the LucidTouch device.

The current prototype device uses a camera on a boom focused on the hands on the back of the device. An overlay shadow is superimposed over the image showing the location of the hands without occluding the display. Active finger touch points are shown and a very intuitive method for showing the hand-off of selected items between fingers is also used. It’s a nice glimpse of what’s ahead in the multi-touch arena.