Multi-touch floor

by Mark R

At first, I thought this multitouch floor was just another version of the Toe Mouse that we reported on the other day, but this multitouch floor could change the way we interact with computers.

This multitouch floor was designed by researchers at Postdam, at the Hasso Plattner Institut. It is designed to respond to a person’s individual’s shoe pattern, and will identify them by footprint alone.

There is a video of this after the jump, and you might be amazed at what it can do.

For example, there is some sort of program that allows the user to draw on the floor with their feet. That might not be much, but the multitouch is able to replicate a QWERTY keyboard that is somehow able to recognize the tip of the foot.

It would appear that the small multitouch floor is all they have now, but I can’t help but wonder what would happen if every floor was a multitouch. I’m thinking of something better than having an instant floor for Twister. I’m talking about floors that know who you are and what you are doing, or about to do.

Yeah, if this multitouch floor ever gets into everyone’s house, it will be a necessary ingredient for one of those smart homes.

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hukiworld Says: April 13, 2010 at 10:33 pm

This definitely has criminal investigative potential to help solve crimes and identifying criminals by their walk pattern and able to tell how heavy the individual was in the house when the crime was committed…. Very interesting.

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