Touch-screen kiosks have taken off, but it’s not always easy to find space to install them. A new IBM display can turn any surface into a virtual, interactive touchscreen computer, by removing the physical screen so that interactive images can be cast onto almost any surface.
A wall-mounted projector, paired with a camera, shows images on the floor or wall. The camera tracks people’s interactions with the visuals, and the system interprets them the way it would a moving mouse or a tap on a screen.
The system could be used by retailers to lure shoppers with interactive window displays, airports might offer visually aided instructions throughout their terminals, and in a lab or office, people might use it like a dry-erase board to show Excel spreadsheets and other interactive material.
The prototype is not for sale yet but is already used at the METRO Group Future Store in Rheinberg, Germany.