The world is about to become your touchscreen, according to the people behind “Thermal Touch.” Play a game of chess on a bare table? Sure, why not?
“Augmented reality company Metaio is developing ‘Thermal Touch,’ a technology that combines infrared and visible light cameras to detect the heat signature from your fingers and turn any object into a touchscreen,” writes Dario Borghino in Gizmag. “The technology could be embedded in the smartphones and wearable devices of the future to offer new ways of interacting with our environment.”
The technology is straight out of a future-world movie. But at its core, it comes down to basic physics.
“Hook up a thermal camera to the device you are wearing and track the heat signature your finger leaves behind on real-world objects you touch,” explains Jay Donovan in TechCrunch. That lingering heat signature can be used to trigger actions in the digital content you see in your HUD, just like a mouse click or a touch.”
The implications for augmented reality are huge, as the line between the digital world and our physical reality continues to blur. And while the company believes they are a good five years away from going mass market with their product, they are working on prototypes now that are showing great promise.
Check out their videos here and on the linked pages above. This could be the coolest thing you see all day. We think this could have application for catalogs and magazines in the future!