Laptop-based multi-touch

Multi-touch is all the rage at the moment, but is something that Microsoft and members of the team I’m in have been looking at for quite a number of years. Steve Hodges, manager of the Sensors and Devices team in Cambridge, reveals a new technical approach to multi-touch in the video below. The key to this approach, which was develops in collaboration with the Socio-Digital Systems team, is using cheap off-the-shelf infra-red components attached to the back of a laptop screen to give multi-touch on a thin display, helping avoid some of the bulk of projection systems.

Microsoft Research laptop multi-touch