Prototype gaming screen can tell who’s touching it (via The Verge)

Table-style multitouch
panels aren’t new
, but a prototype table designed for gaming can tell which
of four people is touching it. The panel, seen at the 2012 International
Nanotechnology Exhibition & Conference by Tech-On, could be used for
arcade table games or betting, says its creator Gunze Ltd. Unlike a regular
touchscreen, the panel is surrounded by a bezel containing four colored
electrodes. Just putting a finger on the panel does nothing, but touching an
electrode with one hand and the screen with the other creates a closed circuit
that allows the panel to pair the two touches. The prototype also included a
chair that players could sit in to close the circuit, removing the need to touch
the electrode.

Once a connection is established, different behaviors can be assigned — in
this case, users could touch an electrode and then create an icon of the same
color on the screen. In casino gaming, this could be used, as Gunze has
suggested, to tell “who bets what.” We could also see tabletop game
applications, like recognizing different units in a real-time strategy game, or
non-gaming uses, like letting several users annotate an image or document
together. No commercial partners have signed on yet, but the company says it is
looking for customers.

Very interesting potential here!

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