16 3D Touchpad from Ukraine

3D Touchpad from Ukraine

Posted on January 31, 2007 by


An inventor from Ukraine designed another gadget to control your computer:

3d touchpad

It looks mainly like an usual touch pad installed in most of laptops but it can catch the movement of your hands in 3D without touching the surface of the pad itself.


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Due to this ability different 3D manipulations can be achieved in virtual space copying the gestures your hands make in the air above this pad.

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Another use of this pad is that it can be placed directly under the keyboard of the laptop, and there is no need in extra place for a touch pad itself, or it can be placed under the screen of PDA or cell-phone and read the movements of ones hands.

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The inventor has already a few working examples and drivers of the gadget, he says that the production of the special antennas reading the 3D movements is very cheap. "It would cost the developer not more than it costed some time ago the computer mouse producer upgrading the mouse with a scrolling button, and nowadays it's hard to find a mouse without the scrolling function", says inventor.

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16 Responses to “3D Touchpad from Ukraine”

  1. fatjake says:

    I wonder if you could pair it with a software synthesizer and use it as a digital theremin?

  2. [...] While there’s been boasting galore about gesture-based keyboards, scanners, phones, and more keyboards, it looks like an elusive inventor has crafted yet another “3D touchpad” which can be moved around and placed on (or under) nearly any keyboard that you’d like to implement gesture-based technology on. As with similar renditions, the pad can detect movements of your hand floating above it, and can create inputs not always possible on a typical keyboard. Interestingly, this flavor can purportedly work on standard boards, underneath laptop boards, and even under the “screen of a PDA or cellphone.” While our skeptic gear is still zipped on tight, it’s said that a few working examples are already out of the lab, and that the special antennas capable of picking up hand movements wouldn’t cost much more than it did to insert “scroll wheels into mice.” We’ll let the peculiar analogy slide if this thing hits the market for a competitive price, deal? [...]

  3. [...] While there’s been boasting galore about gesture-based keyboards, scanners, phones, and more keyboards, it looks like an elusive inventor has crafted yet another “3D touchpad” which can be moved around and placed on (or under) nearly any keyboard that you’d like to implement gesture-based technology on. As with similar renditions, the pad can detect movements of your hand floating above it, and can create inputs not always possible on a typical keyboard. Interestingly, this flavor can purportedly work on standard boards, underneath laptop boards, and even under the “screen of a PDA or cellphone.” While our skeptic gear is still zipped on tight, it’s said that a few working examples are already out of the lab, and that the special antennas capable of picking up hand movements wouldn’t cost much more than it did to insert “scroll wheels into mice.” We’ll let the peculiar analogy slide if this thing hits the market for a competitive price, deal? [...]

  4. [...] English Russia -sivuston mukaan ukrainalainen keksijä on kehittänyt edullisen eleitä havaitsevan laitteen, joka muistuttaa pintapuolisesti kannettavissa tietokoneissa olevaa kosketuspaneelihiirtä. Laite pystyy kuitenkin havaitsemaan käden liikkeitä kaikissa kolmessa ulottuvuudessa ja sitä voi sopivan ohjelmiston avulla käyttää tietokoneen ohjailuun. Sivuston mukaan laitteen voi asentaa näppäimistön, kannettavan tietokoneen tai vaikkapa kämmenkoneen tai kännykän alle. Laitteen kehittäjän mukaan eleiden havaitsemiseen tarvittavien antennien valmistaminen on halpaa ja elehiiren liittäminen nykyisiin laitteisiin on laitevalmistajille samanlainen taloudellinen askel, kuin rullan liittäminen hiireen. [...]

  5. [...] While there’s been boasting galore about gesture-based keyboards, scanners, phones, and more keyboards, it looks like an elusive inventor has crafted yet another “3D touchpad” which can be moved around and placed on (or under) nearly any keyboard that you’d like to implement gesture-based technology on. As with similar renditions, the pad can detect movements of your hand floating above it, and can create inputs not always possible on a typical keyboard. Interestingly, this flavor can purportedly work on standard boards, underneath laptop boards, and even under the “screen of a PDA or cellphone.” While our skeptic gear is still zipped on tight, it’s said that a few working examples are already out of the lab, and that the special antennas capable of picking up hand movements wouldn’t cost much more than it did to insert “scroll wheels into mice.” We’ll let the peculiar analogy slide if this thing hits the market for a competitive price, deal? [...]

  6. [...] While there’s been boasting galore about gesture-based keyboards, scanners, phones, and more keyboards, it looks like an elusive inventor has crafted yet another “3D touchpad” which can be moved around and placed on (or under) nearly any keyboard that you’d like to implement gesture-based technology on. As with similar renditions, the pad can detect movements of your hand floating above it, and can create inputs not always possible on a typical keyboard. Interestingly, this flavor can purportedly work on standard boards, underneath laptop boards, and even under the “screen of a PDA or cellphone.” While our skeptic gear is still zipped on tight, it’s said that a few working examples are already out of the lab, and that the special antennas capable of picking up hand movements wouldn’t cost much more than it did to insert “scroll wheels into mice.” We’ll let the peculiar analogy slide if this thing hits the market for a competitive price, deal? [...]

  7. nahanww says:

    Actually that’s not that revolutionary, it’s basically a higher-power version of the current system used in laptops.

  8. [...] 3D Touchpad from Ukraine While probably better for the hands, this could be hard to get used to. Largely due to the fact that there isn’t any physical feedback. (tags: Technology Hardware) [...]

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  10. eye says:

    Oh gosh, how UNEDUCATED and ROTTEN is this site… Proper citing? Linking? Even just mentioning the NAME of the inventor… What if i want to contact this man for cooperation, what if someone wants to contact him for business opportunity conserning his invention?

    Cheers for your good work, nameless engineer.

  11. Karen says:

    I was looking for crucial information on this subject. The information was important as I am about to launch my own portal. Thanks for providing a missing link in my business.

  12. Jc Giliberto says:

    found your site on google.com today and really liked it.. i bookmarked it and will be back to check it out some more later

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