Sony’s atracTable surface computing system is attractive

Pocket-lint has the exclusive scoop that Sony will be entering the surface computing arena this June with atracTable, an optical recognition-based system first seen at Vision 2009, developed in conjunction with Swiss company Atractsys.

The system has been developed between Sony ISS and Atracsys, a Swiss optical tracking company. The interface can analyse body movements and act on any gesture or change in position, including your body, arm, hand or finger. More intriguingly, Sony reckons that it’s sensitive enough to work out a user’s age, sex and “emotion” – recognising happiness, anger, surprise, sadness and neutrality.

The technology has now been sold to Sony who will be producing a 35-inch unit for business and industrial use in June. Like Microsoft Surface, atracTable with be able to recognize objects placed on it, though it’s not stated whether it will use rf identification like Surface or rely on its own optical recognition which allows it to determine facial expressions. Cost is not announced.

Via Gizmodo

Alleged Apple fanboi, accused Android apologist, and confirmed Microsoft MVP for touch and tablet Mark Sumimoto a.k.a. Sumocat dabbles in all areas of mobile computing with a focus on Windows-based Tablet PCs and pen input. A mobile computing enthusiast since 2004, he pioneered the field of ink blogging via his personal blog, Sumocat's Scribbles. His current tools include a Fujitsu Lifebook T900, TEGA v2, and iPhone 4. Email: sumocat [at]


    • I stand corrected. Sorry, I was working off a long outdated argument. The 8-dot optical tag doesn’t leave any room for unique identification though. I wonder if the atracTable will recognize QR code (pretty much mandatory if they roll it out in Japan).

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