What do you think about having a 32-inch Android-powered touchscreen display in your living room? The engineers at SKR Technology in Japan have been working on exactly that.
The company usually builds digital signage, they were approached by some customers who wanted a large screen device that had multi-touch functionality similar to a smartphone. They tried building a solution around Windows 7, but it didn’t work as smoothly as they wanted. So they turned towards Android, but were disappointed to find out that none of their suppliers supported the OS.
For their next move, they built their own interface that allows an Android-powered device to interact with multi-touch displays. In the video embedded below the display works quite well, mirroring everything on the Android device’s screen.
Not yet available commercially, but I think my 2 year old can’t wait to get her fingers and hands on it.
One more (I can’t resist) step toward full body interfaces. Great idea for many reasons and situations and as an alternative to keyboards, mouse, joystick, etc. MojoKid writes
“When it comes to controlling your favorite PC title, you’ve got a few options. There’s a mouse. There’s a keyboard. There’s a control pad and the joystick. Now, there’s one more option apparently. Keith McMillen Instruments (KMI) announced today the SoftStep KeyWorx multi-touch foot controller, the world’s first foot controlled digital interface. Available for Mac and Windows, this controller sits on the floor. The company claims that it has multiple uses for gamers, video editors, programmers, data entry professionals, disabled people, repetitive stress syndrome sufferers, etc. It’s both pressure and location sensitive, USB-powered, and contains ten fully customizable keys that remember up to 100 sets of commands for repetitive tasks.”