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These guys have figured out how to turn anything into a touch sensor

...and that includes a human brain made out of jelly. It hints at a future where most of the objects in a room are potentially a user interface. Basically, the researchers claim that electrically conductive surfaces (or even non-conductive surfaces with the help of a special spray) can make use of their technology, detecting not only touches, but also the position of the touch. The applications for this technology are hugely varied, giving another layer digital interactivity to irregular objects and tying in nicely with the growing popularity of connected homes. Check out the video for a good breakdown of how the tech works and potential applications.

Zhang says their system is accurate, on average, to less than a centimeter. That’s good for doing something like touching a wall in your home in the right spot to turn on a light, for example.

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