Technology to deliver 'virtual' computer keyboard floating in air

Oct. 23, 2013 at 6:12 PM

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- A Taiwanese research institute says it has developed technology to allow a user's hand to control a computer with a virtual computer screen floating in the air.

The Industrial Technology Research Institute's i-Air Touch technology provides see-through display and air-touch input technologies for computers that allow a user's hand to be free of any physical device, the company said in a release Wednesday.

A user wearing a pair of special glasses can navigate virtual keys to control them -- just like pressing or touching physical keys -- while still being able to see and interact with the real world around them, the firm said.

The glasses, in conjunction with a special camera that senses the position of a user's fingers, can present them with a "floating" keypad, keyboard, mouse or touch panel, company executive Golden Tiao said.

"i-Air Touch creates new possibilities for wearable and mobile computing by freeing users from the distraction of locating and touching keys on a physical input device for hands-free computing and improving security over voice commands," he said.

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