Surface innovation a touch of ingenuity
The technology has the potential to turn any surface into a touch screen or track pad. Researchers at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have demonstrated a new system that can turn everything from window panes to tables into interactive touchscreens. Called Speech Touch and Acoustic Tangible Interfaces for Next-generation Applications (or STATINA for short), it uses low-cost sensors to identify and measure the vibrations created by hands and fingers when they touch a surface, whether made of glass, wood, aluminium or melamine, like a traditional dry-erase whiteboard.
Best of all, the system can be retro-fitted to existing devices, such as televisions and to existing furniture and fittings. Meaning that with the addition of a few electronic components, a dining table could well become the world's largest touch pad.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The New Age Online