Tuesday, July 29, 2014

TouchPico Android pico-projector turns a wall into a touchscreen

People my age will still look at touch devices and feel like it's something like out of a science-fiction movie. But for all those that were born in the last 10 or 15 years, touchscreens are something that are quite common - as proven by all those kids trying to touch TV screens and projection screens and trying to interact with it just like they do in a tablet or smartphone. With this TouchPico, they'll actually be able to do it.

This TouchPico is a compact, Android powered, pico-projector (854x480) that comes with a IR stylus. Thanks to a embedded camera in the projector, it can track the stylus position, allowing you to turn any wall or projection screen into a giant touchscreen where you can draw, play games, or any other thing you'd be able to do in a smartphone or tablet.

The only limitation is that you won't be able to track the stylus position if you're hiding it from the projectors' sight - but considering that you would also be obscuring the projected image, I don't think that's too big of a limitation in real-life circumstances.

The first units were available for $289, but if you're interested in the TouchPico, now you'll need to invest $309 in its Indiegogo campaign.

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