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Intel Researchers Turn Counter Tops Into Touchscreens

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Counter top display

A counter top acts as a touchscreen display.

Priya Ganapati /

A research project from Intel can turn any surface into a touchscreen. Instead of propping up a tablet or putting a touchscreen computer in your kitchen, picture yourself tapping on the counter top to pull menus, look up recipes and add items to a shopping list.

“There’s nothing absolutely special about the surface, and it doesn’t matter if your hands are dirty,” says Beverly Harrison, a senior research scientist at Intel. “Our algorithm and a camera set-up can create virtual islands everywhere”

Intel demoed the project during the company’s annual research-day fest last month to show touchscreens can go beyond computing and become a part of everyday life.

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