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Microsoft's research team has revealed a shoulder-mounted projector-cum-detector that can turn any surface in front of you into a gesture-sensitive display. The Wearable Multitouch Projector uses Kinect-like motion and depth cameras, as well as a pico projector, to let users turn any flat (ish) surface into a touchscreen. …


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  1. TeeCee Gold badge

    "...turns any object into a touchscreen"?

    Brings a whole new meaning to "windows on arm" that.

  2. Dave Wray

    Is this actually new?

    I thought those smart whiteboards and those laser keyboards all include similiar technology? OK, it may work differently, but they track the fingers on something without embedded sensors....

    1. Cliff

      Re: Is this actually new?

      They rely on things being a fixed distance away I think, this seems to create a model in 3D space, then does the same magic on top of it.

  3. TRT Silver badge
    Big Brother

    I watched the video...

    was that a violation of an Apple patent I saw?

    1. SteveK

      Re: I watched the video...

      "was that a violation of an Apple patent I saw?"

      No, you're OK for the moment. Apple haven't yet been granted the patent on watching a video.

  4. Miek

    Perhaps they could create a parrot-shaped box for the shoulder mounted matey. Yarr

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    It's Microsoft so will it crash all the time?

    1. I. Aproveofitspendingonspecificprojects

      Re: Well...


      I wanted to be first with the windscreen of death joke.

      Oh wait, isn't this the one about Ford?

      Why is the Fail icon red?

  6. Anonymous Coward

    shoulder-mounted projector-cum-detector! O realy

    "shoulder-mounted projector-cum-detector", Fairly sure this was something the porn industry had already done, But I might be getting mixed up with the cum-projector-detector, shoulder mount edition.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: shoulder-mounted projector-cum-detector! O realy

      Here's another shot at it:

      ...not to be confused with the cum-projector-detector now in use by Facebook to filter user-posted images.

      This thing looks like something the Predator's nerdy brother uses to watch porn.

    2. Euripides Pants


      Someone else beat me to the cum jokes!

      Guess that makes us all cum-entards...

      Mine's the one you don't want to touch.

  7. Chris Hance

    <-- The reboot "gesture" for the EM tech in the linked article.

    With this, we'd have to settle for "Bash head here to reboot." Depression in the wall indeed.

  8. AlexH

    Didn't MIT do something really similar a few years back? Their implementation was about the size of a large mobile phone which was hung from the wearer's neck like a pendant.

    Here it is:

    1. anon9045839452

      6th sence

      too bad MIT didnt come out with it sooner. M$ version of the tech looks quite bulky compared!

  9. Gordon 10

    The future?

    Am I the only one who sees this as a fondle slab killer?

    Put the tech in a phone with a vertical stand and an angled Projector onto the desk and instant fondleslab.

    1. Fryerman

      Fondle Slab Killer?

      Nope, I don't think so. The essence of a fondle slab is that you can -errr - fondle it. Of course it may see us stroking walls and tables, in which case will it have turned us into the tech equivalent of tree huggers...?

  10. Graham Marsden

    Didn't I see something similar...

    ... in Predator?

  11. wibbilus maximus

    They better hurry....

    .... they need this out in time for the release of windows 8 so people can actually use the Metro UI

  12. Andrew Barratt


    I'm sure an indian guy from MIT had done something better than this on TED.... need to find the link..

  13. Chris Clay
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    good to microsoft trying new things, they might not be of much use at the moment but in years to come who nows

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