Disrupted Computing – turn any surface into a touchscreen

Lenovo breakthrough – projecting touch computing onto any surface

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Advances in holography and augmented reality (especially Microsoft Hololens) offer a whole new future in the way we interact with desk, handheld and wearable computing.
The promise is computing even further integrated into our lives giving huge productivity and social benefits.

This, according to Lenovo, is the world’s first laser projection smartphone—and the fact that it recognises gestures also means it can turn any surface where its images appear into a touchscreen.

PocketLint reports from the Lenovo Tech World conference that the phone, called Smart Cast, features a built in laser pico projector and a “gesture-based control system.” At the conference, it was used to throw films onto a wall, as well as a qwerty keyboard onto a desk, and a musical keyboard onto a tabletop – both of which allow the user to interact with them. The phone has a built in kickstand to hold it in place while your hands are busy.

The guys at PocketLint note that there seems to be little latency, which is a very good thing—but that’s about it in terms of details. While it’s definitely a real product, there’s no word on when or where it will be available, let alone how much it will cost. [PocketLint]