Touch screens have revolutionized how we control gadgets. It is a more intuitive way of manipulating something and it has practically no learning curve. Place a touchscreen tablet in front of a toddler and in no time they’ll be swiping and pinching away.
Despite the versatility of touch screens, it still does have certain limitations, especially when applied to certain tasks because touch screen displays are still quite fragile, escpecially for uses that require vigorous touching and pressing.
A team led by Bruno Zamborlin is currently in the midst of testing a new technology that specifically addresses the issues of interface alternatives. The team’s project is called the Mogees mini mic.
The new Mogees mini mic, as Zamborlins describes it is an “interactive gesture-based device for realtime audio mosaicing.” The whole device employs gesture recognition technigues and microphones to identify different types of interactions. It also incorporate different sounds to the interface. How does this work? The Mogees Mini Mic can identify the difference between tapping your finger or using a coin to tap a surface. Since doing different things emit different sounds, the Mogees has learned to differentiate them.
According to Zamborlin, “concatenative synthesis” could become the next big thing in the development of touch interface solutions. The technology is still at such an early stage that even applications for its are still being thought up. But it does hold promise.