Tuesday, 15 Feb, 2011 Technology

Latest Invention: Recompose - Device that's a Mix of Touchscreen, Keyboard and 3D Display


The latest invention from researchers at MIT's Media Lab is an experimental interface that represents a combination of gestures, tactile feedback and 3D visuals encompassed in a tile-like display.

In touchscreen technology the user can touch or swipe different objects on the display but never receive a tactile feedback. The goal of designers at MIT Media Lab's "Tangible Media group" was to change that.

They came up with an experimental computer input device called Recompose. The device represents a mix of keyboard, gestural interface, and 3D display surface.

Initially researchers characterized their invention as "direct and gestural interaction with an actuated surface." In short, Recompose is a touch-based interface that touches back with the help of physical tiles installed on small pedestals that go up or down on direct input or gestural input.

The most interesting feature, however, is the ability of the invention to act as a display, which can be useful for CAD designs, complex maps or scientific visualizations, reports MIT Media Lab.

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