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Microsoft develops 3D touchscreen

Now it seems even Microsoft is trying to expand its horizon. With the new 3D touchscreen by Microsoft, they are trying to kick away their competitors apart and stand ahead in the race.


It includes an LCD flat panel screen with force sensors and a robotic arm that moves it back and forwards and by controlling how much resistance there is to a user’s fingertip the device can simulate the shape and weight of objects shown on screen, BBC reports.

Big Daddy Microsoft’s research team has developed a 3D touchscreen that displays pictures which can be felt and manipulated. Yes, you can feel the images. So, it can be used in medical uses as well.


Stuffchip says,“If that is the case, it could bring a new revolution all over”.

Senior researcher Michael Pahud said that, “when the finger pushes on the touchscreen and the senses merge with stereo vision, if convergence is done correctly and visuals are updated constantly so that they correspond to the finger’s depth perception, it will be enough for the brain to accept the virtual world as real.”

Pahud said that, “the ‘haptic detent’ can be extended to flag up potential problems is encountering an anomaly like a tumour, because one can change the response based on what they touch.”

Dr Peter Weller, head of the Centre for Health Infomatics at City University, London, is concerned that, “Microsoft’s screen would not be able to give an accurate enough indication of textures because if it was going to be used in the real world it would have to respond to rapidly changing shapes.”

He added, If you were moving your finger over a surface that was rough the screen would have to go up and down very quickly to be able to give you that impression. The examples that they give are all very smooth – squares and cylinders and all that – but if it was going to be used in the real world it would have to respond to rapidly changing shapes.

Weller further said that if technology like Tactus, which has developed a screen with tiny channels of fluid which allows bumps to pop up to simulate the feel of button, is combined with Microsoft’s innovation it could prove useful for a doctor to do teleconsultancy work adding that it would mean the patient could be in another country or hospital and the doctor could feel their glands or abdomen from a distance, the report added.

The Microsoft 3D touchscreen will be under scanner for a while and will be up for commercial launch soon.

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