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"See-Through" Touchscreen Solves Fat Finger Problem

Urchin sends along a New missile man writeup on Microsoft Research's nanoTouch prototype, a way of business expenses a touch screen from the rear (video here). The norm will be presented at the microcomputer and Human Interaction talk in Boston, Mass., in April 2009. Coming soon to a wristwatch or neck pendant near you. "Electronic devices have been shy thing for years, but you might be forgiven for being how cap that one that's only a centimeter across would be just too tall to operate. Microsoft Research's new nanoTouch device suggests otherwise. Touch-screens are tough to control with any precision — the fingers get in the way of the tiny targets you're trying to hit. But putting the touch ui on the rear of the screen instead gives users more precision because they can still see the whole screen as they join with it. Microsoft fishing expedition* has produced a mock-up* device called nanoTouch with a rear mounted touch interface. User tests show it lets users accurately and reliably hit targets just 2 millimeters across on a screen under a centimeter across."

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