Chances are you have seen this image from an ad the electronics megastore Best Buy is circulating nationwide. You know, the one that opens with “I’m Jon Moeller from Texas A&M University, and I’me using my laptop to create a touchscreen out of thin air.” Now, I’m not focusing on this story solely because it features a student from my alma mater (GIG ‘EM AGGIES!!), but it is also all of the technology, including Moeller’s ZeroTouch, being demonstrated from all of the students in the ad. Just a quick look gives you reminders of the tech seen in sci-fi movies; ZeroTouch would instantly remind anyone of Minority Report, or the windshield from Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, or whatever sci-fi film Tom Cruise will star in years down the road.
Texas A&M student Jon Moeller, currently earning a master’s degree in computer science after completing his bachelor’s degree in computer engineering, is an employee at A&M’s Interface Ecology Lab, where he and a team of four others have designed a groundbreaking invention called “ZeroTouch”. ZeroTouch is a thin, transparent device that allows for free-air interactivity. According to a ZeroTouch advertisement, “People can reach through and interact with computers in a completely new way.” Moeller describes “ZeroTouch” as a type of “picture frame, and you put it on your TV, and your TV can act like a large iPad or iPhone.”
Moeller took his original idea from three years ago, and began work on it at home, purchasing the necessary tools and building the project, and would later take it to his lab at Texas A&M and showed his adviser. He plans on turning ZeroTouch into a company, or partner with a large retailer or technology company (i.e., Apple, Samsung, etc.) who can mass produce the product. ZeroTouch is not Moeller’s only creation; he has a portfolio full of many other projects and ideas.