Turn Any Surface Into A Touch Screen With Microsoft’s System

I think that every technophile has had that dream – turning any surface into a touch screen. It might not be as cool as having a virtual screen come up in front of you – heck, surround you – like in many movies, but having the ability to convert a surface into a touch screen is not something to scoff at, is it? And, guess what? Microsoft has a system that can do just that.

Microsoft has received more than its fair share of flak, and I am not exempt from doing some bashing now and then, but that company is not all that bad. Now, imagine if you had a bare wall which you could turn into a touch screen? Teachers, presenters, and speakers would have a field day! For shops, turning a table into a touch screen would also bring brownie points with customers. Lots of brownie points. At home, kids can have more interaction using the kitchen table to play.
The possibilities are humongous, aren’t they?
So how does this “turn any surface into a touch screen” thing work?
It involves Kinect sensors, projectors, and the Ubi software created particularly for this purpose. Take a look at the video below to see just how it works.

 Impressive and exciting, right? But how much will this setup cost you? Well, count the cost of a Kinect for Windows sensor, a projector, a PC running on Windows, and the Ubi software. They have different packages, ranging from $149 to $1499.