How to Turn Your Desk into a Touchscreen

How To Turn Your Desk into a Touchscreen Touchscreen technology has made a huge change in the way that all of us compute and has brought the tablet computer into popularity. Microsoft and its new Windows 8 is touchscreen-enabled and has joined others in the touchscreen arena. But while touchscreens seem to be with us for the foreseeable future, a new device may just change the way we view touchscreens and the way we interact with our computers.

Today, the price of computer hardware is lower and the parts have become cheaper. This reduction in cost and size now allows a computer to be placed into just about any type of device. Over at MIT, the research lab is reporting that a miniature computer complete with a projector has been placed into a lightbulb socket. But what is amazing about the new computer system is that it projects an image onto a desktop that can be controlled by touch.

Developed by Natan Linder, the device is being called the LuminAR, and could shape the future of how we all interact with our computer systems. One can also see how those creative people who surround us could take this new technology to new heights as they incorporate it into their work.

But the LuminAR could also be used in other ways. Along with a service like Skype, an image of the person you are communicating with could be projected onto a wall. In a retail store, the price of a product could be projected and, by pushing on the price, additional information about the product could be presented.

One could imagine that, as this device further shrinks and the price is reduced, it could be placed around our homes, making the word “smart” take on a new meaning. One only needs to look at our smartphones to see how this technology could easily replace our light bulbs with smart devices of all kinds. With this type of technology, the sky’s the limit for the potential of this device.

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Source: MIT Technology Review
Image: MIT Media Lab