Turn Anything Into A Touchscreen Simply By Touching It

Turn Anything Into A Touchscreen Simply By Touching It

The new technology uses a 3D camera and a depth sensor to detect objects and gestures, turning any surface or object into an interactive device.

Allie Walker
  • 31 may 2012

According to Greek mythology, King Midas could turn anything he touched into gold. A questionable legend at best, but now anyone can really turn anything into a touchscreen with the new technology AnyTouch.

Developed in partnership by Digitas Labs Paris and Ayotle, a Paris and Mexico based innovation startup that specializes in computer vision, AnyTouch transforms any surface into a touch device. AnyTouch uses a 3D camera, projector, and depth sensor, which, when combined with Ayotle’s vision software, can detect objects and gestures, allowing anyone to interact with any imaginable surface or object in the projector’s path. Users don’t even need to actually physically touch a object or surface to interact- AnyTouch can detect movement from any distance. With AnyTouch, even a piece of paper can be made interactive.

Gisele Belliot, founder of Ayotle, speaks to new advertising possibilities created by the AnyTouch technology:

We are entering a new era of proliferation of screens. Each object becomes a [powerful] screen with this technology… simple screens become tactile and walls of shops can also [morph] into interactive screens delivering [more] information. (translated from French)

Watch a demo of the AnyTouch technology below:

Digitas Labs Paris / Ayotle



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