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Multitoe Multitouch Touch Interactive Floor

Multitoe Multitouch Touch Interactive Floor

Interactive multitouch floor controlled by your feet….

A group of German researchers are taking multitouch interfaces the next level. But believe it or not, the next level is the ground.

Multitoe does exactly as it suggests, enabling a multi-touch screen surface on any floor, controlled and triggered by the movements of your toes (well pretty much all of the foot).

Multitoe Multitouch Interactive Floor

Multitoe Multitouch Interactive Floor

Based on frustrated total internal reflection, Multitoe can identify and track several different users on the same surface, recognizing each by the unique footprint on the bottom of the shoe and reading individual foot posture and movement as commands.

Users must register to active the device, that way Multitoe can ignore users who aren’t logged into the system. Once logged in, it can tell the difference between walking and screen commands; determine the orientation of a user’s head based on his or her balance; it even uses a virtual hotspot on the ball of the foot to make type a more precise affair.

In theory Multitoe could stretch over massive surfaces, and could give us new ways of navigating places of such a libraries, museums, hospitals and shopping malls.

Check out the clip below to see how feet commands can be implemented into first person shoot ‘en ups, and how the virtual hotspot works for typing.



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