Metaio has this week unveiled their new Thermal Touch augmented reality user interface technology which has been developed to transform nearly any surface into a touchscreen.
Thermal Touch is being developed by Metaio to be the next generation of wearable computing user interface, by combining data from an infrared and standard camera located in eyewear worn by the user.
The Thermal Touch system is powered using both an infrared and standard camera working in tandem, using a tablet or PC for it’s processing power. The custom build software can register heat signatures left by a person’s finger when touching almost any surface and then adds augmented reality and digital content for the users to enjoy. Metaio CTO Peter Meier explains a little more about this interesting new technology :
“Everyone is talking about wearable computing eyewear like Google Glass,”-“but no one is talking about the best way to actually use those devices. We need natural, convenient interface to navigate the technology of tomorrow, and that’s why we developed ‘Thermal Touch’.”
The Thermal Touch technology is currently still in its developmental stage and no release date or price points have been announced by Metaio this time. However for more information on the innovative Thermal Touch AR user interface that recognises user body heat, jump over to the official Metaio website for more information.
Source: Tech Crunch