Multitoe floor

Are you fed up with multi-touch screens? How about multitoe floor?  An entire floor to practice your foot-based inputs on?

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Researchers at Potsdam’s, Germany, Hasso Plattner Institut have put together a multitouch floor that recognizes individual users by their shoe pattern and responds to such universally familiar actions as stomping your feet and tapping your toes.

We based our design on frustrated total internal reflection because its ability to sense pressure allows the device to see users’ soles when applied to a floor. We demonstrate how this allows us to recognize foot postures and to identify users. These two functions form the basis of our system. They allow the floor to ignore inactive users, identify and track users based on their shoes, enable high-precision interaction, invoke menus, as well as track heads and allow users to control several multiple degrees of freedom by balancing their feet.

I think that the time that the stores would begin their ads by “reading” our toes is not far away. Digital Signage at your toes.

So stop typing and start tapping

via Engadget

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