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Flipping the touch screen paradigm on its ear, a group from Autodesk Research, the University of Toronto, and the University of Alberta have created a new method and apparatus for user interaction. Dubbed Magic Finger, the system consists of a micro NanEye RGB camera, an optical mouse sensor, and an LED attached to the index finger with hook and loop. It’s all very beta at the moment, but such a device, if developed further, could turn any flat surface into a touch interface. [via Gizmag]

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  • Craig D.

    Interesting demo. Some practical use cases, some not so much….but any exploration is valuable in my opinion. My only critique is that the “acting” is terrible and really distracts from the focus of the video….after while you become more driven by the forced nature of the “natural conversations” than the scenarios they are trying to demonstrate. Sorry…..being able to successfully demonstrate a technology is as important as the technology itself. An amateur video is going to negatively impact the overall understanding and believability of the tech.

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      While it is true that the folks in the above video are not the Gap-clad models of, say, the Google Glass demo, I think they do an exceptional job demonstrating the device. They’re demonstrating technology, not marketing it.

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  • Jeff E.

    I visited the Awaiba website looking for pricing/availability information about the NanEye camera but didn’t find anything. They offer an evaluation kit. How did you get your NanEye camera and how expensive was it? Thanks for any information.

  • Keith Mitchell

    check out this clip.My favorite show at15

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  • Poet

    I guess I have to ask. How is this different from hacking an optical mouse to a longer focal length for the lazer to bounce back?

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