3D firm develops touchy technology

Hamilton-based Deep Video Imaging has partnered with a US firm to produce 'the world's first touch-sensitive multidimensional display'.

Hamilton-based Deep Video Imaging has partnered with a US firm to produce “the world’s first touch-sensitive multidimensional display”.

The device, known as a “Z axis-touch monitor”, was developed with Elo TouchSystems and displayed at the KioskCom 2001 Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Florida late last month.

Elo TouchSystem Australia/New Zealand sales director Adrian Scott says the device represents a major step in the evolution of the touch interface between people and computers. “Users can now touch the same surface area on a screen and by varying the amount of pressure applied, select objects displayed in either the foreground or background."

In recent years, DVI has developed LCD monitors called actualdepth that allow users to see 3D objects without using special glasses. Potential uses for the combined system include better radar/weather information for air traffic controllers, better market information for financial analysts and better graphics for terrain mapping and video/amusement games.

DVI team leader Mark Searle says the US technology can already be fitted to DVI monitors.

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