Monday, May 7, 2012

New Exciting Human Computer Interfaces from Disney and Microsoft

Each year the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems unveils exciting advances in Human-Computer Interfaces.

This year Disney Research will present its new Touché interface. Touché turns everyday objects into multi-touch, gesture-recognizing interfaces. It only requires minimal instrumentation of the objects, with just a single small electrode.

Here's a demo:



Technical details are available in their research paper: Touché - Enhancing Touch Interaction on Humans, Screens, Liquids, and Everyday Objects.

Microsoft Research will present SoundWave. SoundWave is a Kinect-like system that uses your computer’s built-in microphone and speakers to provide object detection and sense gestures using the Doppler effect, similar to how a submarine uses a sonar.

Here's a demo:



Technical details are available in their research paper: SoundWave - Using the Doppler Effect to Sense Gestures.

Exciting times! I wonder what it would take to get these new technologies working on everybody's smartphone...

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