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Use An Entire Wall As a Trackpad

I love following new technologies. I’m especially excited about the future of our personal computers, and how we interact with them. Microsoft’s video about the future of personal computing was amazing, and Asus’ incarnation of that technology was a great attempt.

Scratch input is the ability to transform any surface that is remotely textured into a sort of trackpad. Your desk, a wall, your door, the shower, whatever. You can even use your clothes. Using this, you could scratch your finger in a clockwise circle to increase volume, for example, or double-tap to pause your music. You’d be able to apply the gestures to your browser if you wanted, and opening and closing tabs could be a matter or one or two taps. What’s even more fantastic is that since it works on vibration, you can scratch the wall far away from the sensor and it’ll still work perfectly.

I don’t want to spoil this for you, so just watch the video, and once you’ve picked your jaw up off the floor, post a comment and tell us what you think.

[via Gizmodo]

3 replies on “Use An Entire Wall As a Trackpad”

Interesting, low cost idea but I have cats who scratch the furnite to death. A few well-timed scratches from the feline could lead to a complete PC re-format. Bad kitty.

You can get around that by defining an “enable” gesture, so that no gesture will work unless you execute one specific gesture (that you’d probably make a little complicated, so as to avoid it being executed by accident).