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  1. Pizza Hut May Soon Have Touchscreen Interactive Tables

    I am growing more concerned about how I will get my pizza post-singularity.

    In case knowing the name of your Domino's Delivery person wasn't enough future for you, Pizza Hut might elevate their dine-in experience with touchscreens. Yesterday the chain's youtube channel released a concept video showing young, hip customers spinning pizza and playing games on an "Interactive Concept Table" like a couple of personal pan DJs.

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  2. Light Light’s New Music Video Crowdsources Your Mouse Pointer, Rocks Pretty Hard

    Computer mice and their pointers may not be long for this world. As touchscreen devices become more prevalent, fewer and fewer people may find themselves pointing and clicking. The band Light Light wants to make sure the mouse and pointer at least get a proper send off, so they've made the video for their song "Kilo" interactive and crowdsourced. The song and the video are pretty catchy.

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  3. Microsoft Disappointed by Windows 8 Sales, Public Disappointed by Windows 8

    Microsoft had pretty high hopes for Windows 8 when it was released last month. Although the stated number of 40 million licenses sold sounds impressive, it reportedly falls below what Microsoft was projecting. They're putting on a brave front by saying upgrades to Windows 8 are outpacing those to Windows 7, but Microsoft is allegedly blaming the makers of Windows 8 PCs for an "inability to deliver." Microsoft shouldn't blame manufacturers for Windows 8's poor adoption, they should blame Windows 8.

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  4. Disney Research’s “Touché” is Touch Control on Another Level

    Or in this case, multiple frequencies. Touché, from Disney Research in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a project that explores what they're calling "a novel Swept Frequency Capacitive Sensing technique" that would allow objects to sense multiple different touch gestures. By objects, they mean humans, liquids, sofas and just about anything else you can touch. Hello, Minority Report.

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  5. New Xbox Controller Might Have a Touchscreen, Crib the Wii U

    Not much is currently known about the forthcoming Xbox console being cooked up inside Microsoft, but a new rumor recently surfaced about the console's controller. The story goes that Microsoft engineers are taking a page from the WiiU and adding a touchscreen to their controller in addition to the traditional buttons and triggers. 

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  6. OmniTouch Projector Turns Anything Into a Touchscreen

    Alongside the PocketTouch technology, Microsoft has also been supporting research on something a lot more visual, a lot more flashy, and a lot more versatile: OmniTouch. While mobile technology has been centering around increasing responsive and sleek touchscreens for the past few years, OmniTouch takes things in a bit of a different direction by using a projector to make any flat surface into a "touchscreen."

    At the moment, OmniTouch is pretty primitive and requires the user to wear a shoulder-mounted projector not unlike a Predator shoulder-cannon. From its perch up there, the projector aims and displays the touchscreen on various surfaces according to the user's choice and tracks hand movements for input. Not only can it recognize button presses on a hand, wall, or table, but it can also recognize gestures in 3D-space such as holding a display closer and more upright to indicate privacy, or lower to indicate when it is being used publicly.

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  7. Microsoft Working On Touch Control Through Fabric, Called PocketTouch

    One of the biggest problems with touchscreen devices -- and mobile devices in general -- is that you keep them in your pocket, but they're constantly alerting you to things that require you to take them out of your pocket. I know, I know, first world problems. Still, if someone could just create a mechanism by which one could interact with their touchscreen device via a series of simple gestures through the fabric of one's pants or jacket, that'd be pretty cool, right? Microsoft is working on it. The PocketTouch uses a custom sensor placed on the back of a smartphone that can detect multitouch strokes through a variety of fabrics. In order to enable the touch function, the user first uses an unlock swipe which serves not only to unlock the PocketTouch functionality but also to tell the phone which way is up, so that it doesn't have to be sitting in your pocket in any particular way.

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  8. A 33 Foot Touchscreen Built Using Off-The-Shelf Hardware and Public Domain Software

    The University of Groningen in the Netherlands made this 32.8 ft. by 9.2 ft. touchscreen interface from six expensive cameras... and some "cheap" infrared emitters, 1000 LEDs, some old computers that were sitting around, and some free software. The result is a positively enormous curved screen with a resolution of 4900 by 1700 that can track 100 different touches at a time... and that's just at optimum speeds.  Latency is between 30 and 50 ms. Anyone up for a game of Pong? (Ignore the last minute of video. It's just black. There's no stinger. We were confused, too.) (via Bit Rebels.)

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  9. Uh-Oh: Touchscreen Smudges Can Be Used to Steal Smartphone Passwords

    As much as we might wish we lived on an ethereal plane with our beloved gadgets, we don't (yet), and their physicality can be a burden. While annoying design flaws like the iPhone 4's antenna problems regularly hammer this point home to us, there are potentially graver security implications. A recent study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Computer and Information Science points out one major flaw that should give touchscreen smartphone users some pause: The smudges our fingers leave on the screens can be used to guess our passwords. By taking photos of several Android smartphones and upping the contrast, researchers were able to figure out the phones' password 92% of the time.

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