Microsoft Research has unveiled FlexSense, which is essentially flat transparent, self-sensing deformable layer that can be added to tablets for extra functionality. They claim it can determine what a person is doing with the layer and then turn those actions into commands for an app. For example, when placed over a crossword puzzle, you can hide the answers below and look underneath the layer for hints. Continue reading for the video.

Practical uses include: interactive e-book pages and viewing different layers simultaneously in Photoshop. Researchers tout this as 2.5D technology since it does, in some ways, add another dimension to a tablet’s interface. It detects what Microsoft considers “deformation” input, enabling more physical interaction with applications that mimic the way actions occur in real life.


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