Monday, January 12, 2009

New Scientist: NanoTouch (Microsoft Research, Hasso Plattner Institute)

The guys at Microsoft Research have continued from their early Lucid Touch prototype, to a smaller, more production friendly version. It is no longer multitouch, and it is based on ordinary touchpad technology.

The see through finger seen in this image is fake. It is based on a pre-captured photograph of a caucasian male finger. But even if your own fingers don't match the fingers on the device, the fake fingers will tell you that the device is sensitive to touch on the backside.

Tactile touch feedback is generated with a solenoid.