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Cooler touch screen than the iPad or iPhone? Nokia Research Lab and the world’s first Ice Touch Screen

So we’ve seen how Nokia can turn any screen into a touch screen. What about something that’s not even a screen to begin with – what about a block of ice? That’s exactly what’s been occurring in Tampere, Finland at Nokia’s Research Lab.

Check it out in the video from New Scientist (cheers dsmobile for the heads up!)

“This was a playful experiment, but one that we think showed interactive computing interfaces can now be built anywhere,”  Jyri Huopaniemi, Nokia.

How does it work?

Like Microsoft surface, this uses a technique called rear-diffused illumination. Infra-red light (or pretty much) is beamed behind the ice screen and placing a hand in front of the ice reflects that light back towards a camera which in turn helps a computer to calculate the hand position and thus direct a projected image near the hand.

New Scientist via Kotaku


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  1. Dave
    November 19, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Do they have a video that doesn’t require a subscription/registration for new scientist?

    I wonder if Nokia will treat this like Microsoft have the surface – ie. nice idea, show it around a bit, but ultimately it’ll never really see any sort of public usage?

    Yes, I know the surface has been used in hotel lobbies and exhibitions, but MS seem to be famous for some uber cool concepts that rarely go beyond the concept stage.

    • November 19, 2010 at 11:48 am

      I watched it and didn’t need subscription.

      • Dave
        November 19, 2010 at 1:03 pm

        Darned …. I get a big “You need to log in to read this article” message.

  2. Rant
    • Dave
      November 19, 2010 at 2:15 pm

      Ta 🙂 thats pretty awesome!

  3. Arto
    November 19, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    You can see a longer version of the video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbtrI6GjBsk Straight from the team that created the wall. It shows you how the wall was actually built.

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