Another look at the Light Touch Windows CE-based Pico-projector

We wrote about the Light Touch Pico-projector recently, but some more information have now emerged about the device.

The self-contained pico-projector runs Windows CE with an attractive Flash Lite user interface and comes with a holographic laser projector that actually steers light away to produce the dark areas of an image and never loses focus even over distance.  The device is also equipped with an infra-red camera which allows users to interact with the image using multiple fingers and was 802.11b/g wireless networking.

According to Light Blue optics, any flat surface may be turned into a 10.1-inch, WVGA multi-touch display, which can recognize a variety of multi-touch gestures, including pointing, clicking, dragging, and more.

Light Touch has 802.11b/g wireless networking, 2GB of flash storage, and a microSD expansion slot. Capable of accepting external composite video input, the device has a USB On-the-Go port and a stereo headphone jack, a rechargeable 3600mAh lithium-ion battery and weights 400g.

Chris Harris, CEO of Light Blue Optics, stated, “The opportunities for Light Touch extend beyond consumer electronics into retail spaces, the workplace and the home — profoundly changing the way people interact with multimedia content and the built environment. By enabling such diverse and compelling use cases, LBO aims to become the world’s leading supplier of miniature projection systems.”

Steven Bathiche, director of research in Microsoft’s applied research group, stated, “Microsoft envisions a future of ubiquitous computing where every surface becomes a computer, and as part of this vision we collaborate on development with numerous third parties, including Light Blue Optics. We are pleased that Light Blue Optics has incorporated some of our research into Light Touch, … bringing the future of surface computers everywhere closer.”

Light Blue does not intend to sell the device directly to consumers, but to OEMs to package in a variety of contexts, such as hospitals or retail establishments.

See another video after the break.

Read more at  LightBlue Optics here.