Meet the Beyond Touchscreens Competition Winners
Posted; August 13, 2020
The results are in! We’re excited to present the winners of our Beyond Touchscreens developer competition.
We challenged developers to create a proof of concept for the post-COVID-19 world that allowed you to control a public interface without touching a screen.
First prize: Touchless.Design
The Ideum team created an integrated hardware and software solution for touch displays and touch tables in museums. The system includes a Leap Motion Controller, a 3.5-ft display, and LED lights that work in concert with custom cursors.
The interaction was, unusually, designed for a horizontal screen. It used novel gestures, and the use of LED lighting for additional feedback was great. This got a big “wow” from us – and a deserved first prize.
Second prize: Soulful Bowl with Touchless Control
Customize your own bowl to the level of single ingredients. Instead of tapping on a small, pre-defined selection of ingredients via a touchscreen, the customer can grab, prepare, and drop single ingredients in a flexible, touchless way. Turning the user into the chef and making ordering food in a self-serve restaurant an immersive experience is very cool.
Vendoor is a touchless walk-up storefront solution designed for small businesses. The interface is built around physical metaphors. Using it is more akin to hand-crafting a bespoke item than ordering off a generic point-of-sale machine. It’s also difficult to think of a more fun product for this application than unicorn ice creams!
Runner-up: Touchless Elevator Concept
Tanhay and Mahika’s concept for a touchless elevator includes not only hand tracking but also mid-air haptics. We loved the inclusivity of it: the design includes both touchless tactile braille and audio feedback. There are intuitive gestures for opening/closing doors, and button magnification on hover for improved accuracy.