Everything becomes a touch device with Disney technology

You’re already used to touch-enabled PCs, tablets, and smartphones, but eventually almost everything in your house could have a touch sensor, including doorknobs, cereal bowls, sofas, water, and even your own body.

That’s a reality scientists at Disney Research in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — part of the Walt Disney Company’s commercial research arm — are working toward with a new touch and gesture recognition platform called Touché.

The new technology relies on “swept frequency capacitive sensing” capable of processing far more information than current touch sensors that monitor a single frequency to detect single and multiple finger movements. Touché can monitor multiple frequencies, allowing it to understand hand grasps, complex finger gestures, and body position such as when a user is covering her ears or uses his elbows to lean on a table.

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source: pcworld.com