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Last night, during dinner, technologies were one of the topic of our conversation. My crew is still a young bunch and they ask lots of questions. We were talking about telephones and ways of communicating to people: the funny thing is I was telling F. that in a few years she will probably use her bare hands to call her friends. This am I stumbled upon OmniTouch. What a coincidence.

OmniTouch is a wearable depth-sensing and projection system developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Microsoft Research that enables interactive multitouch applications on everyday surfaces. Beyond the shoulder-worn system, there is no instrumentation of the user or environment. Foremost, the system allows the wearer to use their hands, arms and legs as graphical, interactive surfaces. Users can also transiently appropriate surfaces from the environment to expand the interactive area (e.g., books, walls, tables). On such surfaces - without any calibration - OmniTouch provides capabilities similar to that of a mouse or touchscreen: X and Y location in 2D interfaces and whether fingers are “clicked” or hovering, enabling a wide variety of interactions. Thus, it is now conceivable that anything one can do on today’s mobile devices, they could do in the palm of their hand.

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