2‎ > ‎

g

Gadgets
  • This Robot Tastes Better Than A Wine Critic

    This Robot Tastes Better Than A Wine Critic

  • MakerBot’s Bre Pettis Launches Bold Machines, A Workshop For 3D-Printed Stuff

    MakerBot’s Bre Pettis Launches Bold Machines, A Workshop For 3D-Printed Stuff

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook Says Tech Companies Should Accept No Compromises On Climate Change Issues

    Apple CEO Tim Cook Says Tech Companies Should Accept No Compromises On Climate Change Issues

  • Browse more...

augmented reality
  • Timetraveler App Allows You To See The Berlin Wall Story In Augmented Reality

    Timetraveler App Allows You To See The Berlin Wall Story In Augmented Reality

  • Meta 1 Augmented Reality Glasses Are Dragging Us Into A VR Future

    Meta 1 Augmented Reality Glasses Are Dragging Us Into A VR Future

  • Atelier Lets You Shop For Luxury Specs By Webcam

    Atelier Lets You Shop For Luxury Specs By Webcam

  • Browse more...

wearables
  • Gillmor Gang: Too Soon

    Gillmor Gang: Too Soon

  • Heated, Connected Insoles? Whatever Next…

    Heated, Connected Insoles? Whatever Next…

  • RunScribe Is A Wearable For Granular Gait Analysis

    RunScribe Is A Wearable For Granular Gait Analysis

  • Browse more...

metaio
  • Timetraveler App Allows You To See The Berlin Wall Story In Augmented Reality

    Timetraveler App Allows You To See The Berlin Wall Story In Augmented Reality

  • Epson and Metaio Get Us Back On Track For Wearable Augmented Reality

    Epson and Metaio Get Us Back On Track For Wearable Augmented Reality

  • Metaio CEO Thomas Alt Discusses Augmented Reality For Smartwatches, Google Glass And More

    Metaio CEO Thomas Alt Discusses Augmented Reality For Smartwatches, Google Glass And More

  • Browse more...

Metaio’s Thermal Touch And The Future Of Augmented Reality User Interfaces

Posted May 22, 2014 by Jay Donovan
  • More
    • Add to Flipboard Magazine.
    • submit to reddit
Next Story

JD.com’s IPO Lands Strongly, With Shares Currently Up Over 8%

Metaio is demoing a new possible future in the evolutionary path for input control of wearable computing devices and it should be no surprise that Augmented Reality plays a role.

There is a known UI problem with which many software and hardware makers have grappled: What is the best way to interact with the HUD (heads up display) and to control it, for example, if you are looking at a real table with a virtual chessboard on it?

There are several motifs in use today for these kinds of situations. Touching physical buttons or controllers connected to the HUD (like on Oculus Rift or Google Glass), voice command (like on Google Glass), Depth-aware gestures (like on Meta SpaceGlasses), and others.

However, many of these are problematic in that they are either bulky, noisy, unnatural, or that you look like a doofus to the world around you while doing it (e.g. swiping virtual menus in thin air).

The Metaio engineers have a novel concept that attempts to solve this first-world conundrum. It works like this:

Hook up a thermal camera to the device you are wearing and track the heat signature your finger leaves behind on real-world objects you touch. That lingering heat signature can be used to trigger actions in the digital content you see in your HUD, just like a mouse click or a touch.

Watch the video. It has several after-effects enhanced visualizations that show how they ultimately envision the concept working in the future, but it does show the working prototype near the end which is quite interesting.

I’m not going to say that you wouldn’t also look like a doofus punching in virtual key codes or dialing phone numbers on a blank wall, but still, somehow, interacting with real-world objects seems more natural. More human.

The team I spoke with at Metaio thinks the technology is still approximately five years away from being market-ready, but that hasn’t stopped them from building a prototype demonstrating their concept.

They’ve built it into a tablet for now, but the use case is really geared toward HUDs or other interactive eyewear. They will be demoing this prototype at the 2014 Augmented World Expo taking place in Santa Clara, May 27-29.

chess

link

  • submit to reddit
Advertisement
    Advertisement

    CrunchBase

    • metaio

      • Founded 2003
      •    
      • Overview Founded in 2003, metaio is a pioneer in the field of Augmented Reality (AR), constantly working on revolutionizing interfaces. We make the digital a natural experience! According to Gartner Inc., Augmented Reality is one of the Top 10 strategic IT technologies of our time and Juniper Research recently forecasted $1.5 billion revenue stream by 2015. With Augmented Reality we can access, understand …
      • Location Munich, Bayern
      • Categories Sales and Marketing, Advertising, Software, Mobile, Augmented Reality
      • Website http://www.metaio.com
      • Full profile for metaio

    TechCrunch Daily

    Latest headlines delivered to you daily

    Related Videos

    • Dutch Fashion Designer Crafts Solar Dress Play Video

      Dutch Fashion Designer Crafts Solar Dress

      4:04
    • Garmin Vivofit | Fly or Die Play Video

      Garmin Vivofit | Fly or Die

    • Meta's Augmented Reality Glasses 2.0 | Demo Play Video

      Meta’s Augmented Reality Glasses 2.0 | Demo

    More Related Videos
    • augmented reality
    • wearables
    • metaio
    • Gadgets
    • Popular Posts

      #auto

      Subpages (6): 5 6 7 j s y
      Comments