Will Disney’s Touché turn everything into a touch-screen?
Well, that’s the plan! Whether it’ll come true is another thing…
Basically, the Touché is a sensor placed inside an object – anything from a sofa or a doorknob – which enables that object to respond to your touch. For example, to unlock your door, you could use a special touch-password consisting of a series of taps.
Your Touché-enabled sofa would know by the position of your body if you’d fallen asleep in front of the TV – and it could then pause the film you’re watching, or turn it off altogether.
There are plenty of different ways of using touch and gesture to control our surroundings – and some are already with us.
‘My opinion of Disney’s Touché is quite lukewarm!’ says Saied Nesbat of touch-screen company Exideas. ‘It appears that camera-driven gesture-detection systems have quite a few advantages over electronic sensors for detecting the same, or similar gestures.
‘Microsoft’s Kinect is a case in point. Although quite rudimentary, it aptly demonstrates camera detection of quite a few gestures - mostly body gestures for now - very fast and reliably so. I think we are going to see a lot more ‘gesture in the air’ technologies entering the fray, and a lot less “wired up” sensors such as Touché,’ he says.
There is plenty of competition, and chances are that it’ll be the most user-friendly technology that will catch on. After all, it’s annoying enough when you get killed in Call of Duty because the game doesn’t recognise your gestures – imagine how awkward it would be to have a door that refuses to let you in.