Today, so much of our world is run and accessed by touchscreens.
A new tiny device, created by former Samsung engineers, promises to take this to the next level by turning any screen into a virtual touchscreen.
Glamos is a motion sensor that creates a virtual touchscreen anywhere. Connect it with your device and turn your screens instantly interactive. Project an invisible touchscreen near you and control a device that’s far away from you.
Glamos attaches to existing screens to create a projected touchscreen that registers gestures with zero need to actually physically touch the device. It projects screens onto any surface; the wall, a whiteboard, the air, or literally anywhere you want.
In comparison to devices that promise similar functions, Glamos is very small. In fact, at just 1.5 inches, it can fit in your pocket. It also promises instant set-up and easy use. To use, there’s no installation or app required. Just place Glamos on your device of choice, plug it in, and instantly use a virtual touch screen.
Glamos uses LIDAR tech. LIDAR sensors are most commonly used to self-driving cars, as well as other smart tech like robot vacuum cleaners. While LIDAR sensors tend to be large and take a lot of power, Glamos claims to be the world’s smallest LIDAR device and consumes the least amount of power of any other LIDAR device.
The device works by using a rotating mirror module to scan surroundings, measure the distance between it and objects, transform that data into a touch coordinate, and then send the coordinate to a display screen.
It senses motion within a 3-foot radius, captures 180°, and automatically scales based on the device it’s connected to. It’s compatible with phones, laptops, tablets, desktops, smart TVs and kiosks, and works on screens as small as a smartphone to those as big as 6×3 feet. It can sense motion within a three foot radius.
Glamos operates at 40Hz or 40fps, meaning its mirror module rotates and captures motion 40 times per second. This allows a screen to respond to a user’s movement as rapidly as possible.
According to the founders of Glamos, they saw the potential for the technology while experimenting with LIDAR technology at the Samsung Electronics C-Lab. They were motivated to create a LIDAR device that was smaller, affordable, and could be used anywhere. A working prototype of Glamos is created after 100 iterations and tests. It can work with Android, Windows, and iOS devices.
According to its founders, Glamos is perfect for giving presentations at the office and school, playing games (mobile games can be made life size), to keep devices away from mess when cooking, and watch TV without needing to reach for a remote.
After launching a Kickstarter campaign in January Glamos raised $400K USD in pre-orders and plans to ship to its 2,337 backers in August, and has since raised a total of $600K USD pre-orders on IndieGoGo On Demand. Follow the link if you would like to get your own Glamos!