You Can Turn Any Surface Into a Touchscreen With a £100 App

By Jamie Condliffe on at

Ubi Interactive and Microsoft have been working together to develop software which can—with the addition of a Kinect and projector — turn any surface into a touchscreen. Now, you can buy the app that powers it for £100.

That might sound expensive, but this is a first step on a long road and, besides, it's kind of aimed to enterprise use in the first instance anyway. That's apparent in the sales model, too: the basic £100 app supports screens up to 45-inches, while professional (£250) and business licenses (£520) provide 100-inch support. The number of supported touch points increases with pricing, too — from just one on the basic version, up to 20 on the £970 enterprise edition.

The app runs on any Windows 8 PC and supports Microsoft's touch-friendly Metro interface, with the Kinect studying the surface illuminated by a projector, responding to gestures from the user. The software has been beta tested by 50 organisations, but Ubi is now taking orders for the software. So, if you have a Kinect, projector, and a hankering for a touch-sensitive wall, now you know what to do. [Ubi Interactive via CNET]