Disney Research

Revolutionary Technology Enables Objects To Know How They Are Being Touched

May 3, 2012 РA doorknob that knows whether to lock or unlock based on how it is grasped, a smartphone that silences itself if the user holds a finger to her lips and a chair that adjusts room lighting based on recognizing if a user is reclining or leaning forward are among the many possible applications of Touch̩, a new sensing technique developed by a team at Disney Research, Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Mellon University.

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