Displair makes a touchscreen out of thin air (photos)


Touchscreen interfaces are everywhere. But Displair is one that you don’t actually have to touch. The interactive display projects digital content onto a sheet of humidified air, and the company showed off the display at a media briefing Wednesday in New York.

displair body

Users operate Displair much like they would a regular touchscreen, except with bigger gestures that instead of two fingers can require two hands — swipe, pinch to zoom, double click, scroll — to do anything one might do on a traditional touchscreen, from exploring Google Earth to playing Angry Birds. (We’ll be highlighting new user interfaces at our RoadMap conference in November in San Francisco).

displair angry bird

Originally unveiled at CES this year, Displair will go on sale — at the lofty price of $20,000 — this fall. The intended market is commercial: airports, museums, malls.

displair flowers

In ideal lighting — a darkened room — the display is quite clear. However, it is easily…

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