The touch-screen grows up before our eyes

Remember when you thought your first Palm Pilot was the coolest device ever? Touch-screens have evolved light-years since then.

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METRO Future Store



An example of a business that could take advantage of such technology, says IBM Research's Claudio Pinhanez, is the METRO Future Store in Rheinberg, Germany. At a kiosk, shoppers enter the name of the particular wine they're interested in, and a spotlight appears on the floor in front of the chosen item. Pinhanez envisions making these spotlights into touch-input devices as described above.

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