Sony Atractable

If you thought the multitouch features on the iPad were a lot more fun, wait till you check this out. The Sony atracTable is a 35-inch multitouch tablet with HD resolution and sophisticated technology that can recognize other electronic devices when they’re placed on it, like your cell phone .

The device, which was first shown at the Vision 2009 conference, is comprised of two Sony ISS XCD-V60 cameras that work in conjunction to build a 3D image. It can recognize multi-touch inputs, and thanks to an included camera even analyse body movements as varied as your finger, hand, or arm. Sony even thinks that it can figure out the user’s age, emotions, and gender — I can’t decide if that’s cool or creepy.

The table is a collaboration between Sony ISS and Atracsys, a Swiss optical tracking company. Atracsys actually created a 60-inch version of the table in 2008, but Sony decided to create a smaller version once they bought the company’s technology.

The atracTable is set for release in June. Pricing is currently unavailable.


Chris Gullo