Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed 'Electrick' spray-on touch technology, which has the ability to turn any surface into a touchscreen. Electrick uses a software algorithm to read electric charges your finger produces across a conductive surface.
The conductive surface can be sprayed onto any object using a spray can. Once the surface has been activated, the sensors can launch appropriate apps, allowing any surface to become a touchscreen.
The spray-on touch technology is proposed to be used in homes, allowing users to dim lights by swiping the walls, or in vehicles where users can touch the steering wheel to change the volume. The new technology has the potential to make for a more interactive environment. By bringing inanimate objects to life, a collaboration can be formed between technology and people.