Commercial webcam multi-touch coming soon

It looks like Toshiba has a webcam-based multi-touch display on the way. The video shows an iPod-esque photos album interface where the user stands in front of the display and manipulates it with both hands. The difference between this and some of the other multi-touch displays we’ve seen is that there is no touching necessary (goodbye fingerprints!). The user’s image is superimposed on the screen in a way that reminds us of the original Playstation Eye. Obviously this is much more refined, making us wonder if it’s the better camera, better processing, or both.

[Thanks Risingsun]


  1. Brad says:

    Anyone think about how stupid it sounds saying ‘multitouch’ as a buzzword when this is obvious it it not a touch input at all?

  2. Cool tech & a cool demo, but I’m not sure it’s something I want. If I’m standing in front of a display, I’d rather have a mouse or stylus.

    Really, I wish my laptop had a trackball like the old powerbooks, but that probably won’t ever happen…

  3. dc2 says:

    that just seems awkward…personally i would need something tactile.

  4. shazzner says:

    Doesn’t really look that accurate to be honest

  5. mowcius says:

    just hack a playstation eye or normal webcam if you want this. Just a bit of code done here. Looks pretty crap.

  6. jamieriddles says:


  7. jh says:

    yeah… multi-gesture… multi-point… etc

    no touchy.

  8. Hip says:

    Would feel right at home with those guys that signal aircraft during taxi to gateway

  9. tecNik says:

    “Commercial webcam multi-touch coming soon

    filed under: multitouch hacks”


    “Commercial webcam gesture input makes tasks that where previously achieved quite easily, less responsive and more awkward

    filed under: site filler”

  10. natal says:

    Have you thought this is made by the same people who are making the technology behind project Natal for XBOX360..

  11. rasz says:

    talk about SLOW and laggy

  12. Pete says:

    I just got an HTC HD2 and it is the first time I had multitouch.

    Its amazing, I love it.

    I also keep telling my girlfriend that I am going to multitouch her. She finds this decidedly less funny than I do.

  13. xenontechs says:

    thats the same as Playstation did with EyeToy years ago. just new functions.

  14. James says:

    Definitely too slow and laggy, and seems inaccurate too. Could be much more impressively accurate if it was working with colour reference dots maybe, rather than needing to pick between hands and faces etc. OR maybe if you set up a lens with an incredibly short depth of field so everything was a blur except the 6″ plane in which hands should move. But that’s a tad restrictive. Thinking out loud fail.

  15. Ron says:

    @Pete I like that, I might see if the gf finds it as funny as I did tonight ;)

  16. naus3a says:

    totally agree with the people pointing out that there’s actually no touches in computer vision tracked gestures; I’ve playing a little with this kind of stuff and normally I refer to it as “touchless” interfaces: you can see some of my sketching here. It’s an interesting interaction model, especially if you don’t limit yourself to mimic mouse/touch gestures.

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