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New Interactive System Detects Touch and Gestures on Any Surface
October 9, 2012
People can let their fingers--and hands--do the talking with a new touch-activated system that projects onto walls and other surfaces and allows users to interact with their environment and each other. The system identifies the fingers of a person's hand while touching any plain surface. It also recognizes hand posture and gestures, revealing individual users by their unique traits.
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