Bosch Sensortec has introduced an interactive projection module for the smart home and internet of things (IoT) applications that allows for a virtual touchscreen on every surface.
Expected to be unveiled at CES 2019, taking place Jan. 8-11 in Las Vegas, the BML100PI module gives developers the ability to create interactive projection touchscreens on anything from ordinary shelves to appliances, kitchen cabinets, wardrobes and more.
The device generates a laser beam to create a focus-free image on any surface and then scans it line-by-line to detect any gesture or finger movements. Bosch said there is no need for calibration or adjustment to detect the gesture or finger movement.
“From Bosch’s perspective, we believe this type of technology will be integrated into a bigger ecosystem use cases with shopping and retail outlets,” Peter Weigand, VP of marketing at Bosch Sensortec, told Electronics360. “I think in the home we will see things such as home appliances and smart home control use this technology while other use cases could be in a warehouse or even in environmental technology.”
Bosch demonstrated the interactive project module to create smart shelves consisting of several simultaneous projections on individual shelves in a wardrobe and on fridges. A single module could be used to project a weather forecast or an individual’s daily schedule. The module then recommends appropriate clothing based on the weather forecast or based on the personal activities of the individual.
Weigand said other uses could include a virtual touchscreen in a laundry service to locate missing laundry in a bin or machine or in a clothing store where the smart shelf suggests new clothing.