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SFCS uses a single sensing electrode. Conductive surfaces, such as a doorknob, can be the sensor, as can a human body. In some experiments conducted by the researchers, test subjects wore wristwatch-like electrodes on each arm, allowing the system to respond to such gestures as covering one's ears.
Tropical Plants as Speakers
Ivan Poupyrev, senior research scientist at Disney Research in Pittsburgh, told news media that signal frequency sweeps have been used for many years in wireless communication, but this is apparently the first time it's been used for touch interaction.
He added that, when SFCS is combined with gestural recognition software , the Touche system's accuracy approaches 100 percent. The system tracks hundreds of data points, which requires powerful microprocessors that have now become relatively inexpensive.
Touche is only one of a number of innovative projects that Disney Research has under way at labs in Pittsburgh, Zurich, Boston, and in several locations in California. It has devised a way to turn large tropical plants into high-fidelity surround sound speaker systems, developed new kinds of small mobile projectors, and created a tongue-controlled input device so that Disney characters at its theme parks can control playback of prerecorded audio in the voice of that character.
Simon Lee (Locassa):
Posted: 2012-05-15 @ 1:51am PT
This is really interesting tech, I can't wait for a fully automated home. The X10 system which has been around for years has done wonders for the industry (along with several others) but the requirement to have a central keypad to control it is now something we can eliminate.
My concern, as a user and coming as the owner of a software development firm, is that of security. All software has issues, some more than others, and I am still not 100% comfortable with the notion that a door would lock itself. The keyless entry / security on modern cars is a good example, the brochure states you walk away and it locks the car, but if you go back to check it *did* lock it, then you need to leave your key behind, otherwise the car unlocks itself again.... a humorous notion but something that becomes even more prevalent when there is no external stimuli to perform the connection and execution of locking for example.