HD Video: Make any screen a touch screen, TV or Projector with the Nokia N8

| September 17, 2010 | 51 Replies

This is a sort of proof of concept demo by the Nokia Research Centre showing how using the N8′s camera you can turn any screen (this time a TV screen) into a full touch experience.

Imagine how this could transform presentations, particularly in schools, universities and small businesses. Instead of paying thousands of pounds for interactive whiteboards, you have this Nokia to do it for you. (Plus it’s also your Digital Camera, HD video cam corder, games machine, video player, web browser – well, etc).

It’s an early build and it’s not yet utterly polished. But you can see eventually that it works. Eventually, it may not need to be fixed in a clamp (just facing the screen without too much rigorous constraint) and the interaction would be faster and more fluid and perhaps even not requiring a cable (via WiFi, DLNA connection perhaps). Right now all you need here is the touch application.


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  1. Roger Johnson says:

    Wow. Nokia just keep on pushing the boundaries and blowing the rest of the mobile industry away. Love it.

    • mj says:

      this is so cool. I hope someone posted this tip to engadget!

      • IMarius says:

        yea engadget can be alright at times, as long as nobody posts it to gizcrapo, their articles on nokia the last week have gone far past a joke, its now into vendetta territory.

      • Keith says:

        I did that like 7 hours ago and they didnt put it up. They still dont like Nokia………….

        • mj says:

          yup thought so! if iphone was going to do anything remotely close to this it would be 10 articles.

          • Keith says:

            10 articles in like 5 minutes! I seriously dont like them for that!
            But then again, they are not nearly as bad as gizmodo! Engadget really liked the E7 so I dunno :/

            But still, this is not an ordinary thing! This is an amazing technology and Engadget should’ve made an article about it!

  2. Jay Montano says:

    Keith :

    I did that like 7 hours ago and they didnt put it up. They still dont like Nokia………….

    holy crap dude, you did it. Thanks!


    SOURCE: MyNokiaBlog, CesarDergarabedian (YouTube)

    Even if this was posted by engadget I didn’t think they would source us since this was easily visible on the show floor.

  3. Taran says:

    >> Right now, it’s apparently not entirely accurate or polished, and Nokia’s people are working on the speed of responsiveness.
    And it would never reach an acceptable accuracy. its impossible with a single camera. they need sense of depth to get started. How about adding second camera to this stupid N8 phone?

  4. Kassu says:

    Touch screen would work much better with a simple, affordable pointer which would light up when it touches the screen. The pointer LED would located to near of pointers’s tip. This magic wand approach would have several advantages
    1. Reliable and fast response to the touch
    2. No fingermarks on screen surface
    3. Presentator would not obscure the screen
    4. Screen would be possible to be mounted higher on the wall

  5. zé luis says:

    this is so damn slow, no wonder it’s a nokia. god, they do crappy phones. i’m european, so i see them everywhere. still never found out why, motorola, (ericsson and )sonyericsson do way better phones. nokia ones just have goofy even-dumb-ppl-can-use interfaces and thats all. zero features and, to be true, the interface was never that good.

  6. Guy you are entitled to your opinion (above)but there are a million or so users that love the nokia and the concept is great even if all the brands do it themselves
    you did a great job on this presentation.

  7. Rock Ace says:

    So guys when will we be able to lay our hands on this cool application – Sooner the Better

  8. Thank you for the good writeup. It actually used to be a entertainment account it. Glance complex to far added agreeable from you! By the way, how could we keep up a correspondence?

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