Glamos LiDAR Turns Any Screen to Touchscreen

The invention of former Samsung employees, who created the Glamos startup, can expand the ability to control screens on various devices using lidar sensors to convert monitors to pseudo-touch displays. LiDAR sensors, responding to changes in the environment, generate signals that are recognized as control gestures and transmit the command to a display device connected to Glamos (smartphones, laptops, smart TVs or computers).

Using the capabilities of Glamos will solve two main problems. Firstly, to reduce the cost of creating an expensive touch surface on screens of various sizes, up to giant demonstration monitors and increase the reliability of displays, again returning to the traditional glass coating. Improving the reliability of screens while protecting them from mechanical damage will extend their service life.

The second problem that can be solved using Glamos lidar technology is the elimination of conditions for excessive screen contamination. Contactless control of the monitor using gestures will provide the ability to use monitors in various extreme conditions, when the user’s hands are dirty. Thus, the monitor can be controlled by a worker in the workshop, a foreman at a construction site and a cook in the kitchen, without interruption from the work process.

The miniature Glamos sensor (a cube with the sides no more than 37 mm) scans the space with LiDAR sensors with a viewing angle of 180 degrees and creates a virtual touch screen anywhere. Glamos uses a rotating mirror module to scan the surrounding space and measures the distance between objects and the device. Then it converts the received data into touch coordinates and sends them to the screen of the working display. The frequency of Glamos is 40 Hz, which makes delays invisible to the human eye. By the principle of operation, the Glamos device can be compared with a virtual three-dimensional computer mouse.

The Glamos project is exhibited at the Indiegogo crowdfunding site, where it has already raised more than 450 thousand dollars. Deliveries at a pre-order price of $129 per Glamos device will begin in August 2020.