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  • Multi-toe floorboard

    2010 - 04.14

    I found this video created by the Hasso Plattner Institut (HPI) pretty interesting.

    The team at HPI took a multitouch table top concept, Frustrated Total Internal Reflection (FTIR), and turned it into an interactive floorboard. The design isn’t exactly an economically viable option but it does show a creative use of multitouch technology.

    Ironically, it isn’t the FTIR that pricey but the cameras,  displays, or projectors that adds price to the project.  Seems like this would get pricey after about 10 feet or the size of a normal throw projector.

    The video shows one FTIR panel which is able to track and identify a user by the sole of their shoe.  The team at HPI went one step further (pun intended) by invoking menus, keyboard and tracking body movement by looking a foot balance.

    Typing on this might be even worse than my PS3.

    To learn more about HCI check their website: http://www.hpi.uni-potsdam.de/

    And the specific multi-toe project here.

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