Printed Capacitive Multi-Touch Sensor Customizable With Scissors

Researchers from Germany's Max Planck Institute for Informatics and the MIT Media Lab introduced a printed capacitive multi-touch sensor at the 2013 ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST) in St. Andrews, UK. The sensor can be cut to modify its size and shape and remain working. The researchers say that this direct manipulation allows an end-user to easily make real-world objects and surfaces touch-interactive, and to augment physical prototypes. The design of the printable circuitry makes the sensor robust against cuts, damages, and removed areas.