Using an Xbox Kinect along with $150 software by a startup called Ubi Interactive could soon allow you turn any surface into a touchscreen of up to 45 inches. With the help of a screen or projector and a Kinect sensor, any display can gain touchscreen functionality thanks to Ubi Interactive’s software.
Ubi Interactive were first recruited by Microsoft to develop apps and software for the “Kinnect Accelerator” program.
Whilst touchscreens are wonderfully useful in both business and everyday life, they are also very expensive and therefore out of reach for many people. Although buying a Kinect and possibly even a projector is not cheap either, it’s a far cry from the price tag of large touch screen computers which can cost a few thousand dollars.
The software, which works by sensing gestures and finger touches on a surface, will be able to perform all the basic touchscreen capabilities, such as clicking, dragging, and scrolling. Currently, Microsoft is also working towards the development of wearable projector technology, which will project smartphone screens onto user’s hands or other surfaces.