SAN FRANCSICO: INTEL HAS SHOWN OFF a holographic display prototype at the annual Intel Developer Forum that allows control of a device without touching the screen.
Projected from an all-in-one, the proof-of-concept demonstrated how a display can be cast from a surface and into mid-air, giving the illusion of a floating image, which Intel said is "beyond the normal touch screen".
The prototype, an early version of which was demoed last year, uses an integrated RealSense camera that can detect when someone has interacted with the object in mid-air.
A critical addition to the platform is a mid-air touch feedback system that uses ultrasonic pulses to push air around the user's fingertips to produce the sensation of touch.
The experimental device could be used in a kiosk or public places where people wouldn't want to touch a display for fear of spreading germs. It is also more secure, as details projected on the screen can be seen only from the direct viewpoint of the user.
Intel said that the concept has not gone into a product yet, but is more of an illustration of how displays could look in the future. Check out the video (above) of its being demoed on stage. µ
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