Touchscreens dominate smartphone interfaces and with the help of a new gadget unveiled by Light Blue Optics every flat surface can be a touchscreen.
Light Blue Optics (LBO) today announced at the CES 2010 its first product - Light Touch - an interactive projector that turns any flat surface into a 10-inch touch screen.
Light Touch not only frees multimedia content from the confines of the small screen, but also lets users interact with that content in the same way as they expect to on their other hand-held devices - using touch technology.
Light Touch incorporates LBO’s proprietary holographic laser projection technology (HLP), creating bright, high-quality WVGA resolution video images that are always in focus. HLP enables extremely wide throw angles, resulting in large images being created at close proximity to the projector’s aperture. HLP can also correct for distortion and optical aberrations in software, enabling novel table-top projection. A unique optical architecture delivers a Class 1 laser safety classification making HLP and devices that incorporate it eye safe.
Light Touch includes an infra-red touch sensing system that transforms the projected image into a virtual 10-inch touch screen. The user can control the projector and interact with multimedia content and applications simply by touching the projected image. Light Touch runs Adobe Flash Lite 3.1, leveraging a large existing developer community and enabling the rapid development of innovative applications. WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity enable device to device communication and applications that connect directly to the internet such as social networking, multimedia sharing and electronic point of sale. Light Touch is equipped with 2GB of onboard Flash memory and has a Micro SD card slot that supports up to 32GB. Light Touch can be wall powered or battery operated, with a run-time of 2 hours before recharging is required.
Sadly, Light Touch is a reference product and will be made available to Light Blue Optics’ OEM customers and other strategic partners. This means it will take a while until this product will hit the market.
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