Last night I was wondering if it would be possible to convert a PC monitor into a touchscreen using some of the concepts of augmented reality.  If the web cam was pointed at the computer to “see” it, but not display (otherwise you’d end up with infinite computer screens), and the program could convert the tip of your finger into an x,y coordinate on the screen, then it would give your finger mouse like capabilities.  So instead of using a bulky mouse, you’d reach out and touch your screen to click through web pages, or work in excel.  Technically, I’m certain its possible, though I don’t have the know-how to make it happen, but it would make a lot of carpal tunnel sufferers happy.


Thomas K. Carpenter

Thomas K. Carpenter is a full time contemporary fantasy author with over 50 independently published titles. His bestselling, multi-series universe, The Hundred Halls, has over 25 books and counting. His stories focus on fantastic families, magical academies, and epic adventures.

  • Why stop there? Make the entire display a virtual wireless system that is remotely tied to your PC. With gloves and glasses you could have something like a short range GoToMyPC setup with both the screen display and the keyboard no longer required. Then you could work on whatever you wanted from anywhere within the wireless range.

  • Of course, you can always take it one step further. Was only thinking of eliminating the mouse function. It’s something that can be done now a lot easier than the full system. Having enough computing power isn’t the issue with carriable systems, the real issue is the creative methods of using AR in a way that’s seemless to human interaction.

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