The world’s smallest LIDAR device is designed by two ex-Samsung engineers
While much of the world now runs on touchscreens, touching things is a little less appealing than it used to be, in general.
A new tiny but powerful device promises to create a virtual touchscreen anywhere you want.
Glamos by Coredar is the creation of two engineers who previously worked for Samsung. The device uses LIDAR tech to turn any screen into a fully interactive touch screen. It pairs with any device that has a display screen (phone, tablet, TV, laptop, etc.) and creates not just an interactive screen, but also projects a virtual touchscreen anywhere you want; on the wall, on a whiteboard, or even mid-air. It’s compatible with phones, laptops, tablets, desktops, smart TVs and kiosks, and works on screens as small as a smartphone to those as big as 6×3 feet. It automatically scales based on the device it’s connected to.
The device is ideal for school or work presentations, for remote-free watching, enhanced scrolling, for following recipes, or for turning mobile games into Wii-style games. For example, Glamos can be connected with a phone to project the screen via an HDMI cable, turning a solitary game like Candy Crush into a larger, social activity.
At just 1.5 inches, it can fit in your pocket and is the world’s smallest LIDAR device. LIDAR technology is typically found in tech like self-driving cars and robot vacuums. It’s designed to be “plug and play,” with minimal installation and works via a Bluetooth connection.
To work, Glamos uses its rotating mirror module to scan its surroundings. It measures the distance between the objects and itself, transforms the data into a touch coordinate, and sends the coordinate to a display screen (like your smartphone or laptop). From here, a virtual touchscreen is projected.
It also captures 180 degrees. The company claims this is more than other motion sensors, which use a camera that only captures a limited range of motions. Glamos is able to scan all directions, with no limitations, thanks to its rotating mirror module in place of a camera.
It operates at 40Hz or 40fps. The mirror module rotates and captures motion 40 times per second. The result is the screen is able to respond to movement quickly. Coredar promises that a user’s hands will feel like an extension of a mouse cursor.
Glamos can detect a 3.2 foot radius, compared to a maximum of 1.6 feet with competitors. While many sensors drain a connected device’s battery quickly, Glamos operates on minimal power so that there’s no toll placed on the connected device.
Glamos originally raised just under $401,000 on Kickstarter, well exceeding their $10,000 funding goal. The device is now available for pre-order on the company’s Indiegogo On Demand page. The company plans on shipping the devices to backers this August.
Rosemary Newton is a communications specialist on behalf of Glamos by Coredar.