Elastic Touch Screens A Reality Now

Touch screens have been one of the most important innovations of our time and they revolutionized our everyday tech. But how about an elastic touch screen? Yeah thats right! Its a reality now, bringing a whole new perspective to touch screens. Dhairya Dand and Rob Hemsley of MIT’s Media Lab have created Obake, a new form of a touchscreen. Obake allows users to make all forms of possible manipulations. The screen itself is on an elastic surface and you can perform pulls, pushes and pinches on that surface. Cameras measure the level of these pulls, pushes and pinches and then tells the surface to display what you have done.

Surprisingly, the image still remains in two dimensions but its the surface or the screen that changes shape and hence you see a 3D image. So till now, all technology enthusiasts have been trying to modify the images to 3D on a flat screen, but Obake has changed this concept totally since its the surface which changes to give you a 3D experience.

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How Does a Touch Screen Phone Work?

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Apple files ‘iMac Touch’ patent

Imagine having an iMac on your desktop one minute and a gigantic iPad the next. Imagine playing iGames on a dream machine. Imagine reading a double-page book on a single screen. Apple takes the mystery out of how iOs can finally exist with OS-X.

iMac touch with Flex Base

Apple has filed the patent for ‘iMac touch’ with a flex base. The patent clearly outlines how the device would switch between iOS for iPad-style users and OS-X for desktop computing tasks. iOS is the mobile equivalent for OS-X and this dream machine is going to have a blend of both of these. According to the sources the computer would run OS-X when used with complete mouse and keyboard in the standard configuration.

On the contrary, it will automatically switch to iOS when the user adjusts the configuration suitable for touch input, which involves the pulling the display panel down and towards the user, and then swiveling the screen upwards to make it more like tablet. The computer would have sensors on the sides of the display, which can detect when it is being pulled and griped. While the addition of accelerometer in the screen would help to detect movement and switch between iOS and OS-X accordingly.

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