The Invisible iPhone prototype

Here’s some interesting App developed by Patrick Baudisch and his team of researchers at the Hasso-Lattner Institute.
As you can see from the video, they have figured out a way to make the iPhone invisible. Actually, they just figured out a way for the user to put the interface on a hand thanks to “an Xbox-like camera”. Special software is able to determine where the fingers are on the palm, and transmit the commands via WiFi radio.
You will notice that the video that the user in the video just touches her hand to shut the phone off. If you want to do something more complicated, that is possible, as Baudisch and his colleagues discovered how two-thirds of all iPhone users can find their apps on their palm.
I suppose that would be interesting if they get this off the ground, but I don’t see an invisible phone working very well, unless there is some invisible Bluetooth headset involved. Considering that most of the apps on the iPhone are pretty visual in nature, making them invisible seems like a bad idea.
In order to do this trick, the equipment is going to have to be a lot smaller. I can’t help but wonder what the future of this is. I hope I will get to see it for myself, not that I can see it now, of course.


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