Disney Research

‘Smart Doorknobs’ and Gesture-Controlled Smartphones: Revolutionary Technology Enables Objects to Know Your Touch

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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