Every single soldier who has seen action would have one or maybe more than one of those tales describing an incident in battle when his ‘intuition’ or as some describe it – ‘the gut feeling’ – saved his life from a potentially fatal scenario.
With the touchscreen phenomenmom sweeping across the globe, more users are moving towards a “hands-on” intuitive navigational interface when mobile devices are concerned. Gartner Research estimates that touchscreen mobile devices will surpass 362.7 million units in 2010, that’s an increase of 97% from 2009′s 184.3 million units sold. By the year 2013, we can expect over half of all mobile devices worldwide to be touchscreen, and over 80% of them being in North America and Western Europe alone.
It’s no secret that many modern technological marvels have roots in science fiction movies. Microsoft’s latest creation reflects quite literally computer panels from cult entertainment TV shows like Star Trek. As a continuation of our Sixth Sense technology is coming, Microsoft demos Surface-based NUI report, we now have concept images of Microsoft’s multitouch table computer called the Mobile Surface.
Zhengyou Zhang, a researcher from Microsoft’s Research Labs in Redmond, is collaborating with Chunhui Zhang, from Microsoft’s Research Labs in Asia on the Mobile Surface project.
Aiming to bring the world to a level of ubiquitous integrated mobile computing, the Microsoft Research team have demonstrated a shrunken Mobile Surface application where a projection of a motion-touch interface can be placed on almost any flat object turning it into a responsive active display screen.
The system uses a small webcam and digital projector to project a seamlessly integrated interface where the user can respond with gestures creating interactions with the system.