This is how Toshiba’s holographic panels work so you never have to press on any screen

Touch panels are part of our lives, we have them on our mobile phones or tablets, even on computer screens, but also in bank tellers, in supermarkets when checking out and practically anywhere, and if well they are very effective they are not very hygienic.

And considering we’re in a huge global health problem, it’s clear that finding a solution to stop pressing these touchpads would help prevent the spread of germs.

And now Toshiba is testing in Japan, specifically in the 7-Eleven stores in Tokyo, a new compendium of holographic panels in different self-checkout stations.

Although in the video you see in the news it is difficult to observe the three-dimensional aspect of the screen, you can see how the user does not touch the screen at any time and manages to interact with each of the options.

So the user can select all the corresponding options through a three-dimensional menu.


In fact at the visual level of the user, the keyboard seems to be floating just above the panel while the motion sensors on the screen capture the movements of the hand to process the corresponding button presses .

It seems that the future will be holographic panels that are much safer than current touch panels, although their large-scale implementation would not yet be so close in time but we could see them as a general rule from the next decade in multitude of establishments.