Unreal Feel: BMW Touchscreen Goes “Holographic”
A holographic touchscreen will be part of an Inner surface-of-the-future concept which BMW will display next month at CES (formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show). Dubbed BMW HoloActive Touch, the system will be described as “a virtual touchscreen,” that has a free-floating display which responds to finger gestures as well as provides “what the driver perceives as tactile feedback.”
BMW characterizes the technology as combining elements of a head-up display, its own gesture controls, as well as a traditional touchscreen. The virtual display will be a projection which appears to the right of the steering wheel above the center console. the idea might allow the driver to control vehicular functions as well as those of BMW Connected apps.
The idea might seem to build on the Air Touch technology which BMW displayed in an i8 roadster concept at last year’s CES. which style required virtual touch commands to be confirmed by the press of a physical button. No word of which here.
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HoloActive Touch will be one element of what BMW will be calling its “i Inside Future study,” which will be claimed to be a look into the future of automobile interiors. As such, the company will be doing no promises of how soon the idea will be before we’re able to virtually stroke a hologram in a real BMW, nevertheless the idea points out which today’s gesture control—available from the current 7-series as well as the completely new 5-series—was a CES concept just two years ago. will be HoloActive Touch any less gimmicky? We’ll find out in January.