Touchless and screenless

Published: Sunday 15 December 1996

Germany has developed a new computer which projects an image of a pc desktop on a plain, flat background. Users select files and applications by holding their hand above the flat surface and pointing to the command they want to activate. These movements are picked up by a camera mounted above the operator. The company predicts that the simple technology could lead to the phoneless desk because the pc will feature a modem that the user can select to make phone calls without having to pick up a handset. The company states that the touchless, screenless pc will allow companies and local authorities to set up interactive kiosks that are vandal-proof because they will not require equipment to be on show.

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