Paris Firm Claims Full Touch Control Ability
Paris-based technology firm Sensitive Object has created a device which it claims can turn any and every surface on a gadget into a touch-sensitive one. The Anywhere MultiTouch reportedly works on vibrations rather than actual touch.
Multitouch capacity is catching on quickly, but the technology is still some time away from becoming fully available. However, Sensitive Object has used its patented ReverSys technology in combination with a couple of piezoelectric sensors to create a breakthrough system which works on a clever sound-based touch interface.
The new system pinpoints where your fingertip is touching the device by picking up the vibrations transferred from your fingertip through the surface. According to the company, the technology is fully compatible with all current ones and provides multitouch support, palm rejection and handwriting recognition.
Support for Windows 7 plus the ability to integrate seamlessly with materials such as glass, aluminium, and plastic make the Anywhere MultiTouch an impressive device. The most innovative part of the new development is its ability to turn the entire surface of a device touch sensitive, not just the screen.
To prove its point, Sensitive Object has created a game application running on a mobile phone that has touch sensitive bottom, top and rear surfaces. According to the company’s chief technical officer Bruno Thuillier, the Anywhere MultiTouch should find widespread use in mobile phones, netbooks, laptops, PCs, portable game terminals, and many other devices.
While Sensitive Objects plans on releasing pricing information only to interested OEMs, it claims that pricing will be highly competitive.